Penn State linemen and coaches catch punts

This video is a couple of days old, but it is worth sharing in case you happened to miss it recently. In it you see James Franklin sending the message to his team that they are going to work hard, but they are also going to loosen up and have some fun at the same time when appropriate.

This special teams game has been done before at other programs, and perhaps it has been done at Penn State before (I don’t know for sure). It doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that would have happened during a Joe Paterno practice. Maybe a Bill O’Brien practice, but again I’m not sure to be honest. It is, however, classic Franklin. Whatever the case, capturing it on video is always entertaining.

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Penn State’s recruiting buzz lets imaginations run wild

Penn State had a pretty eventful weekend in the recruiting world. First, the Nittany Lions added offensive lineman Steven Gonzalez on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, Penn State added talented inside linebacker Josh Barajas to the Class of 2015 mix. The buzz continues to swirl around the Penn State program with James Franklin leading the recruiting […]

James Franklin’s family values appreciated

“One of the things I know our players have really appreciated is having their parents coming to practices,” Franklin said. “I think we’ve had five sets of current players parents at practice today which they’re excited about as well. Now they can come up, see their son practice on a Saturday, take them out to lunch and that’s something that’s going to be very important to us. It’s all about relationships.”

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CFB Matrix Big Ten Cover Vote: Vote Hackenberg!

I am happy to be a part of the upcoming CFB Matrix Digital Preview Magazine that is coming out soon. If you have never visited CFB Matrix, do so today. There is a lot of good stuff for those who like to dig deep into the numbers in the sport of college football (gamblers will […]

Don’t count on a 2016 Penn State vs. Vanderbilt game

The 2016 college football season could see the introduction of yet another neutral site money game pitting two teams from the power conferences in an NFL stadium. If a group of people in Nashville has it their way, the game will take place in the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, LP Field. With a […]

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Nittany Lions Den goes #NEXTLEVEL

Nittany Lions Den is back and better than ever! While this site never truly went away, it had become very silent for some time for a variety of reasons. The good news is we have received an upgrade on the site, along with a number of our partner sites across the Bloguin network such as […]

Mount Nittany Rushmore

The great thing about the whole Mount Rushmore conversation is everybody has a different combination of faces that would be carved in to the side of the mountain. After giving it some thought, these are the four names I would have carved in to the side of Mount Nittany if it were up to me. […]

QB Michael O’Connor among January enrollees for Penn State

Penn State officially added five players to the program on Monday with five players enrolling in classes at Penn State for the spring semester. Among them was quarterback Michael O'Connor, who had put his early enrolling plans on hold following the coaching change at Penn State. After meeting with new head coach James Franklin, O'Connor […]

Silly Billy Season

  Although most of the major college job vacancies have been filled already (unless Mack Brown is or isn’t fired/quit/retired/secretly-abducted-and-replaced-by-a-smiling-Weekend-at-Bernies’-version-of-himself), the NFL’s coaching carousel’s spin has just begun. And what that means for Penn State fans is get ready for another coaching-search silly season with our own Bill O’Brien. PSU fans seem to come in […]

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