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Friday 08/02/2013
What Penn State football player do you want to know more about?

The Collegian needs your help.

The football staff is preparing to begin work on a 10-day countdown to the Nittany Lions’ first matchup of the season on Aug. 31 against Syracuse, and we’re going to post a new story each of those 10 days looking at a different player.

One day we might look at Christian Hackenberg – you all know his story. He’s the highly-touted quarterback recruit entering his true freshman season. Analysts across the nation are predicting he’ll win the starting job over JUCO transfer Tyler Ferguson, but coach Bill O’Brien has thus far been mum on exactly who will start under center.

Maybe another day we’ll look at Ty Howle, the squad’s starting center who has big shoes to fill as he attempts to fill the void all-Big Ten pick Matt Stankiewitch left behind. And maybe another day we’ll look at sophomore corner Trevor Williams, who played wide receiver in 2012 but was transferred to the secondary along with teammate Malik Golden because of a lack of depth.

The 10 players we ultimately decide to look at – in terms of personality, past performance and what they can bring to the team – will be entirely based on you.

Who do you want to see the Collegian write about for our 10-day countdown of who to watch for this season? Let us know in the comments, or tweet at us: @psufootblog.

Posted in Mobile, Footblog on Friday, August 2, 2013 2:02 pm. Updated: 11:30 am. | Tags: Penn State , Penn State Football , Christian Hackenberg , Ty Howle , Bill O'brien , Trevor Williams Comments (0)

Monday 07/01/2013
Penn State football: Defensive tackle Antoine White gives pledge to Nittany Lions

Coach Bill O’Brien needed linemen to fill out his 2014 class of 15 commits. He got one today.

Antoine White, a three-star defensive tackle out of Millville, N.J., verbally committed to Penn State Monday, according to a tweet he sent a little after 12:30 p.m.

The 6-foot-2, 267-pounder had a solid listing of other offers including Georgia Tech, Maryland and Michigan State, among others. He’s ranked by Rivals as the No. 36 defensive tackle in the nation .

With White’s commitment, the class is brought to a total 13 pledges. Under NCAA sanctions, O’Brien and his staff can take only two more. The class is rife with skill players including quarterback Michael O’Conner and three wide receivers.

It’s also got several defensive backs including recent commit Troy Vincent, Jr., Daquan Worley, Nick Scott and Marcus Allen. Among other defensemen are linebackers Jared Wangler and Troy Reeder.

White becomes the second lineman to join the class in addition to Noah Beh, and offensive tackle.

Stay tuned for more on Antoine White and what he can bring to the Nittany Lions.

Posted in Footblog on Monday, July 1, 2013 12:00 am. Updated: 2:07 pm. | Tags: Nj , Ncaa , Coach Bill , Antoine White , Georgia Tech Maryland , Michigan State , Troy Vincent , Daquan Worley Nick Scott , Jared Wangler , Noah Beh Comments (0)

Thursday 06/27/2013
High school coach lauds Penn State's newest commit, calls Troy Vincent, Jr. 'a tough kid'

Those close to Troy Vincent, Jr. know that in 30 years, he may not be remembered for winning a national championship or sealing a major bowl game.

But they’re OK with that.

“Life’s not always about winning championships, it’s about going some place you’re comfortable with,” said Henry Russell, an assistant coach at Gilman School who’s headed Vincent’s recruitment. “His family really trusts coach [Bill] O’Brien and how he develops kids on and off the field.”

Vincent – son of former All-Pro NFL cornerback Troy Vincent, Sr. – became Penn State’s latest verbal commitment for the class of 2014 Wednesday night. The versatile defensive back from Maryland has been pegged to the Nittany Lions for weeks by recruiting analysts, but pulled the trigger this week.

Russell said the coaching staff expected the four-star standout to accept an offer from Penn State, but he did entertain other offers from several schools including Maryland, Rutgers and Wisconsin – his dad’s alma mater.

Vincent, Sr. no doubt played a big role throughout the recruitment process, and Russell said his input was sought over and over again before Vincent, Jr. made the final call this week to pledge to O’Brien. Russell said defensive coordinator John Butler and defensive line coach Larry Johnson did the recruiting on the Lion’s side.

Russell said Penn State fans should expect a tenacious defender to add onto its already stacked corps. of defensive backs.

“Troy is a very solid player, he's solid on the fundamentals and has great feet,” he said. “He’s a real physical corner with great ball skills. Penn State should expect a tough kid that plays really hard.”

Vincent, a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder who’s heading into his senior year at Gilman School in Maryland, will join a secondary that includes Daquan Worley, Nick Scott and Marcus Allen, just in the 2014 recruiting class. On top of that, 13 defensive backs sit on the current roster.

Starting cornerbacks Trevor Williams and Jordan Lucas – according to the post-spring depth chart – are only heading into their sophomore years of eligibility. Several freshmen going into their true freshmen seasons this fall sit behind them.

With Vincent’s commitment Wednesday, the class is brought to 12 verbal pledges, and due to NCAA sanctions, the program can only take three more. Defensive commits include linebackers Jared Wangler and Troy Reeder, as well as backs Worley, Scott and Allen.

Posted in Archives, Footblog on Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 am. Updated: 2:08 pm. | Tags: Ok , Nfl , Ncaa , Troy Vincent , Henry Russell , Gilman School , Penn State , Nittany Lions , Maryland Rutgers , John Butler , Larry Johnson , Daquan Worley Nick Scott , Marcus Allen , Trevor Williams , Jordan Lucas , Jared Wangler , Troy Reeder , Worley Scott Comments (0)

Wednesday 06/26/2013
Penn State football: Nittany Lions get big pick-up in 4-star DB Troy Vincent, Jr.

Rumors swirled for weeks on the fate of highly touted four-star recruit Troy Vincent, Jr. and where the Baltimore, Md. cornerback would end up enrolling come next fall.

The dust settled today and, as many predicted, Vincent – son of NFL cornerback Troy Vincent – verbally committed to Bill O’Brien and the 2014 recruiting class, according to Ryan Snyder of Blue White Illustrated .

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder who’s heading into his senior year at Gilman School will join an already stacked secondary that includes Daquan Worley, Nick Scott and Marcus Allen, just in the 2014 recruiting class. On top of that, 13 defensive backs sit on the current roster.

Starting cornerbacks Trevor Williams and Jordan Lucas – according to the post-spring depth chart – are only heading into their sophomore years of eligibility. Several freshmen going into their true freshmen seasons this fall sit behind them.

Vincent was pegged to the Nittany Lions for weeks by recruiting analysts, but also entertained offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame, among others. He’s ranked as the No. 22 cornerback in the nation and, according to Rivals , was recruited by defensive line coach Larry Johnson and defensive coordinator John Butler.

With Vincent’s commitment Wednesday, the class is brought to 12 verbals, and due to NCAA sanctions, the program can only take three more. Defensive commits include linebackers Jared Wangler and Troy Reeder, as well as backs Worley, Scott and Allen.

So what’s next for this 2014 recruiting class that’s ranked in the nation’s top 20?

The class is already rife with skill players and, of course, defensive backs. Quarterback Michael O’Connor committed earlier this month – another big pick-up – and the class has three wideouts in Troy Apke, De’Andre Thompkins and Chris Godwin.

But it’s short on linemen. Commit Noah Beh played offensive tackle in high school and is also listed as a defensive end, and at this point, he’s the lone lineman. O’Brien will likely want to add onto that.

Posted in Footblog on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:00 am. Updated: 2:09 pm. | Tags: Nfl , Ncaa , Troy Vincent , Ryan Snyder , Gilman School , Daquan Worley Nick Scott , Marcus Allen , Trevor Williams , Jordan Lucas , Nittany Lions , Michigan Michigan State , Notre Dame , Larry Johnson , Jared Wangler , Troy Reeder , Worley Scott , Quarterback Michael , Troy Apke , Andre Thompkins , Commit Noah Beh Comments (1)

Monday 06/17/2013
Penn State football tickets to go on sale next week

If there’s one summer day that warrants a 6:30 a.m. alarm clock, it’s coming next week.

Penn State football student tickets go on sale beginning Monday, June 24, when they become available to seniors. Juniors, sophomores, freshmen and graduate students follow on consecutive days. The sale for each class lasts from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m on each day, though the tickets are usually gone in a matter of minutes, so be ready at 7 a.m.

The schedule is as follows:

Seniors, June 24

Juniors, June 25

Sophomores, June 26

Freshmen, June 27

Graduate students, June 28

The day each student can purchase tickets depends on their total credits as of May 30. Here’s the breakdown .

Tickets are $218, same is in 2012, for seven games. Penn State takes on Eastern Michigan, UCF (6 p.m.), Kent State, Michigan (5 p.m.), Illinois, Purdue and Nebraska at Beaver Stadium.

That $218 gives each student one ticket per game, which go directly on their Penn State id+ card. Upon entrance to the stadium before a game, students are handed paper tickets designating where their seats are. It’s first come, first serve seating, but if a group of friends show up together, their seats will all be together. When purchasing tickets, you'll be asked for quantity and location. Choose (1) and "General Admission."

All season ticket purchases are final, although up to four tickets are allowed to be sold through the Student Ticket Exchange throughout the season.

Some students loan their id+ card to a friend on gameday as a means of selling their ticket, but it’s really hit or miss. It works sometimes, but other times can lead to the confiscation of the card and denial of entrance into the game.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when getting up early to purchase your season tickets:

-Create a TicketMaster account in advance and put in your credit card information (U.S. issued only) prior to the sale date. This way, all it takes is a few clicks and your student ID number (nine digit).

-Only use Internet Explorer 8 or Mozilla Firefox 3.5 or higher. Google Chrome and Safari won’t work. Neither will smartphones.

-Don’t panic. If you are ready to go right at 7 a.m. and follow all the instructions, there’s no reason you won’t get tickets. Do not refresh any pages or hit the back button during the process. That will screw it up and start it all over again.

-Although there’s nothing listed now, go to this Ticketmaster page to find the seats on your day. Select the event, then find tickets, choose the ticket and enter your nine digit Penn State ID number when asked for a password.

-After that, enter the security code. If you have done everything correctly, you’ll get a confirmation number, then a confirmation email.

-Call 1-800-NITTANY with any questions, or if you complete the purchase but don’t get a confirmation email.

-Have another computer or friend available in case things go wrong.

Posted in Footblog on Monday, June 17, 2013 12:00 am. Updated: 2:10 pm. | Tags: Ucf , Us , Id , 1800nittany , Penn State , Monday June , Seniors June , Juniors June , Sophomores June , Freshmen June , Eastern Michigan , Kent State Michigan , Illinois Purdue , Student Ticket Exchange , Internet Explorer , Mozilla Firefox , Google Chrome Comments (0)

Saturday 06/08/2013
Penn State football: Nittany Lions grab verbal from QB Michael O'Connor

Bill O’Brien and the Nittany Lions secured a major commitment Saturday from IMG Academy quarterback Michael O’Connor, multiple media outlets reported.

The pro-style signal-caller from Bradenton, Fla., is a four-star prospect as rated by Rivals and is ranked the No. 8 quarterback in the nation in the 2014 class. The 6-foot-5, 223 pounder had offers from a litter of other programs like Michigan State, Rutgers, South Florida, and others.

When O’Connor arrives on campus he’ll be competing to start under center with junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson and incoming 2013 quarterback Christian Hackenberg. There’s no indication yet of who will start off the 2013 campaign.

O’Connor becomes Penn State’s eleventh verbal commitment of the 2014 class.

Here's his highlights .

Posted in Footblog on Saturday, June 8, 2013 12:00 am. Updated: 2:11 pm. | Tags: Img , Nittany Lions , Michigan State Rutgers South Florida , Tyler Ferguson , Penn State Comments (0)

Friday 06/07/2013
Penn State, Syracuse kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 31

Penn State football fans can now narrow their countdown from days to exact minutes until the 2013 season begins.

Penn State will take on Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 31, it was announced today. Regional coverage will be on ABC, while the rest of the country can see the game on ESPN2.

Penn State and Syracuse haven’t met since 2009.

It is fourth kickoff time announced for the 2013 season. The Nittany Lions will host Central Florida at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 on the Big Ten Network, Michigan at 5 p.m. on Oct. 12, and visit Ohio State on Oct. 26 for an 8 p.m. start.

Tickets to the Syracuse game are now on sale for Nittany Lion Club members, and general customers who wish to sit in the Penn State sections can get their tickets starting June 17 at 10 a.m. by calling 1-800-Nittany.

Posted in Footblog on Friday, June 7, 2013 12:00 am. Updated: 2:13 pm. | Tags: Abc , Espn2 , Penn State , Metlife Stadium , Central Florida , Ohio State , Nittany Lion Club Comments (0)

Penn State favored in four games, underdog in three in lines released by Golden Nugget

Penn State is favored in four, an underdog in three and a toss-up in the other of games Golden Nugget Las Vegas has released betting lines for. These lines give a general idea of how highly oddsmakers regard teams before the season.

The full list can be found here .

The Nittany Lions are 6.5-point favorites against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 31, the only spread released for any of their nonconference games. Golden Nugget did not release a line on their Big Ten opener against Indiana, either.

Penn State will return home on Oct. 12 as a 2.5-point underdog against Michigan, and then travels to Ohio State where the Lions are 16-point underdogs on Oct. 26.

After that, the Lions are 19-point favorites against Illinois, 8-point favorites at Minnesota, and 13.5-point favorites against Purdue.

To close out the season, Penn State and Nebraska are a pick’em, and the Lions are 9-point dogs at Wisconsin on Nov. 30.

Ohio State is favored by double-digits in all of its games except two --- 8-point favorites at Northwestern and 6-point favorites at Michigan. The Buckeyes are among the top three teams favored to win the national title, as well.

Northwestern is favored in all of its games except two, and is a 13-point favorite against Syracuse on Sept. 7.

Here is Penn State's full schedule.

Aug. 31 vs. Syracuse at Metlife Stadium (-6.5)Sept. 7 vs. Eastern MichiganSept. 14 vs. UCFSept. 21 vs. Kent StateOct. 5 at IndianaOct. 12 vs. Michigan (+2.5)Oct. 19 BYEOct. 26 at Ohio State (+16)Nov. 2 vs. Illinois (-19)Nov. 9 at Minnesota (-8)Nov. 16 vs. Purdue (-13.5)Nov. 23 vs. Nebraska (pk)Nov. 30 at Wisconsin (+9)

Posted in Footblog on Friday, June 7, 2013 12:00 am. Updated: 2:12 pm. | Tags: Penn State , Golden Nugget Las Vegas , Metlife Stadium , Golden Nugget , Ohio State Comments (1)

Monday 06/03/2013
Football: Big Ten announces east coast bowl

The Big Ten isn't sitting idle during the offseason.

On Monday, the New York Yankees, the New Era Pinstripe Bowl and the Big Ten announced an eight-year partnership. It’s the conference’s first bowl commitment on the east coast.

The Big Ten will have significant advertising and branding presence throughout Yankee Stadium during the regular season, starting in 2014.

The conference has made it clear through its recent actions that it wants to expand its brand from its traditional Midwest roots. It recently added Rutgers and Maryland, hoping to tap into the New York and Washington television markets.

“Once we saw the success of the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, it became obvious - especially with the Big Ten’s growing East Coast footprint - that being in the media capital of the world at one of sports’ most renowned venues was a natural pairing,” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in a press release.

The bowl has been held at Yankee Stadium for the last three seasons, and partnered the Big 12 and Big East. Last season, Syracuse topped West Virginia, 38-14.

Penn State hasn’t played a game in New York City since 1947 when they stomped Fordham, 75-0, at the Polo Grounds.

Posted in Roll up score, Footblog on Monday, June 3, 2013 12:00 am. Updated: 2:37 pm. | Tags: New York Yankees , New Era Pinstripe Bowl , Yankee Stadium , New York , East Coast , Jim Delany , West Virginia , Penn State , New York City Comments (0)

Tuesday 04/30/2013
Penn State Football: OL Anthony Stanko leaving team

Penn State offensive lineman Anthony Stanko has left the team but will remain on scholarship as a student, coach Bill O'Brien announced at today's Coaches' Caravan in Reading, Pa.

The team will operate with 67 players on scholarship when training camp begins in August, per a tweet from Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Jeff Nelson.

Stanko, a redshirt freshman, saw no playing time during his true freshman season and likely wouldn't appear on a depth chart for the upcoming campaign.

The three-star recruit out of Warren, Ohio, was the first to verbally commit to the class of 2012 and one of the first to reaffirm his commitment to Penn State after the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case broke open in November 2011. Stanko is the second player since July -- when the sanctions were levied against Penn State by the NCAA -- to leave the football team but remain at Penn State.

Stanko's high school coach, Richard Angle, said he was "baffled" to hear the news. As of Monday night, he still hadn't talked to his former lineman, but said he thought Stanko enjoyed the school and was progressing well on the field.

In August, then-redshirt sophomore Dakota Royer left his post as a football player but remained at Penn State to get a degree. Players are able to remain on scholarship without being members of the team because Penn State is prohibited from revoking scholarships from current or incoming athletes due to the sanctions, per a clause in the sanctions agreement .

Stanko couldn't be reached for additional comment.

Posted in Footblog on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:00 am. Updated: 2:14 pm. | Tags: Ncaa , Penn State , Anthony Stanko , Coaches Caravan , Assistant Athletic Director , Warren Ohio , Jerry Sandusky , Richard Angle , Dakota Royer Comments (0)

Friday 08/02/2013

What Penn State football player do you want to know more about?

Monday 07/01/2013

Penn State football: Defensive tackle Antoine White gives pledge to Nittany Lions

Thursday 06/27/2013

High school coach lauds Penn State's newest commit, calls Troy Vincent, Jr. 'a tough kid'

Wednesday 06/26/2013

Penn State football: Nittany Lions get big pick-up in 4-star DB Troy Vincent, Jr.

Monday 06/17/2013

Penn State football tickets to go on sale next week

Saturday 06/08/2013

Penn State football: Nittany Lions grab verbal from QB Michael O'Connor

Friday 06/07/2013

Penn State, Syracuse kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 Penn State favored in four games, underdog in three in lines released by Golden Nugget

Monday 06/03/2013

Football: Big Ten announces east coast bowl

Tuesday 04/30/2013

Penn State Football: OL Anthony Stanko leaving team

Monday 04/29/2013

Monday Feature: Q&A with 2014 commit De'Andre Thompkins

Wednesday 04/24/2013

Penn State Football: Christian Hackenberg looking forward to competition with Tyler Ferguson following Steven Bench transfer

Tuesday 04/23/2013

Penn State Football: 2014 recruit Chris Godwin commits to Nittany Lions

Saturday 04/20/2013

Penn State Football: Blue-White halftime notes Penn State Football: Position switches coming in handy Penn State Football: Nits grab fifth 2014 commit Penn State Football: Nyeem Wartman embraces progress Penn State Football: Competition at defensive tackle heats up Penn State Football: O'Brien candid, loose during annual Blue-White game Penn State Football: Defense tops offense in Blue-White game, coaches plan to use as 'evaluation tool' moving forward Penn State Football: Running backs Lynch, Thompson shine in breakout performances Penn State football: Blue-White game scoring guide Penn State Football: Leader of quarterback battle still unclear Penn State Football: Tight ends prove integral to offense as James, Wilkerson step up

Thursday 04/18/2013

Ten things and players to look for at Saturday's Blue-White game Miss recaps of the other spring games in the Big Ten? We've got you covered

Saturday 04/13/2013

Penn State football: Nittany Lions snag fourth class of 2014 commit

Sunday 04/07/2013

Penn State football: QB race 'about even' midway through spring ball

Wednesday 03/27/2013

Penn State practice notes: March 27 VIDEO: Deion Barnes and Glenn Carson discuss new roles on defense and playing under John Butler

Monday 03/25/2013

NCAA's Mark Emmert speaks out on Penn State sanctions

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