Camp Notebook: What We’ve Learned 8/23/2019

Camp Notebook: What We’ve Learned 8/23/2019

August 31, 2019, a date that every Penn State fan has circled on their calendar. As the anticipation continues to build in Happy Valley, here’s what stood out on the practice field this week.

Headline of the Week: Positive vibes only
A week from Saturday, head coach James Franklin and his program will take the field for the first time in 2019. One trait that has remained constant within his organization – confidence. Sure, that’s something every program has at this point in the season, but when it comes to this young and talented roster, confidence is the single biggest trigger to a fast start. There will be mistakes made, no team is perfect, but pay attention to the poise this team displays to open up the season.

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Game Day Enhancements Among the Updates to Beaver Stadium

Game Day Enhancements Among the Updates to Beaver Stadium

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 15/14 Penn State Nittany Lions open the 2019 campaign against Idaho August 31 at 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Stadium. Fans will notice several enhancements to their game day experience during the 2019 season.

Fans are encouraged to visit Game Day Central for all information as it relates to Penn State football game day traffic, parking, clear bag policy and information on the match up.

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Camp Notebook: What We’ve Learned 8/16/2019

Camp Notebook: What We’ve Learned

Camp Notebook: What We’ve Learned

The bricks used in building a championship culture continue to be laid for the Penn State football program as week three of fall camp concludes.

Here’s what stood out this week in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Headline of the Week: Offensive Push
With several position battles still to be decided, the Nittany Lion offense had a big week on the practice field. Going against a defense that led the country in sacks a season ago is no easy task, however, offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne and his unit collectively pushed back and delivered multiple explosive plays throughout the week. From the wideouts to the offensive line, the offensive group is finding its stride with the season approaching. “In my 24 years of coaching, it’s usually the defense that’s ahead at this point in the season. I think that’s pretty much been the case this year as well,” Franklin stated during media availability on Wednesday. “The offense, the last two practices, have made some pretty good strides. I’m pleased, the past few days it has been very competitive back and forth.”

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Kick-off the 2019 Football Season at a Quarterback Club Summer Social

We are pleased to announce that on August 1st at Gigi’s Restaurant, 2080 Cato Ave., State College, Pa., the Penn State Quarterback Club will host Penn State Football Fans to interact and discuss the 2019 season.
Joining us from Penn State Athletics will be Spider Caldwell and Scott Sidwell.
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Cost: $25.00 per member or $30.00 per non member
Cash Bar – Note: Happy Hour will be from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM; Regular Prices after 6:00 PM
Food Menu:
Crudite Platter
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Hummus with Chips
Shrimp Cocktail
Charcuterie Board
Chicken and Waffle Sliders with Hot Honey and House Made Pickles
Pulled Pork Sliders
Pecan Chicken with Bourbon Sauce
Garden Sliders (Fried Green Tomato, Pimento Cheese, Pickled Peppers, Field Greens)
Stuffed Red Potatoes
Mini Mud Pie
Payments will be received at the door by either Cash or Check.
Please let us know if you will be joining us by emailing your response to
president@statecollegeqbclub.com no later than July 19th.

Penn State Hosts Pro Day

Penn State Hosts Pro Day

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Fifteen Nittany Lion lettermen worked out for scouts at Holuba Hall Tuesday morning. Pro Day participants completed testing and on-field drills for 30 NFL teams, two CFL squads and one WWE/XFL representative. The participants were: Ryan BatesJake CooperDonnell DixKoa FarmerKevin GivensConnor McGovernTrace McSorleyShareef MillerAmani OruwariyeMiles SandersNick ScottJohnathan ThomasDeAndre ThompkinsKyle Vasey and Chasz Wright.

The 2019 NFL Draft takes place in Nashville, Tennessee Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27. Coverage of the draft will air on the ESPN family of networks and the NFL Network.

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McSorley and Gillikin Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

McSorley and Gillikin Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

Junior punter Blake Gillikin (Smyrna, Ga.) and senior quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) were named CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 for their accomplishments in the classroom and on the field. Gillikin collects all-district accolades for the second-straight season. The pair is now on the ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America.

Gillikin has a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA as a kinesiology major. He received the President’s Award for freshmen in 2016 and was presented with The Evan Pugh Scholar Award, given to those juniors and seniors who are in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes, in May 2018. Gillikin is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
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No. 14 Penn State Wins at Rutgers, 20-7

No. 14 Penn State Wins at Rutgers, 20-7

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – A pair of touchdowns by freshman tight end Pat Freiermuth and three takeaways on defense led No. 14 Penn State past Rutgers, 20-7, in Big Ten football action Saturday afternoon in HighPoint.com Stadium.

Quarterback Trace McSorley went 17-of-37 passing for 183 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and rushed for 39 yards on seven carries for Penn State (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten). It was the 30th time in his career that he led the Nittany Lions to victory, setting the school record. In addition, he became just third quarterback in Big Ten history to surpass 100 career touchdowns responsible for, joining Drew Brees (Purdue) and J.T. Barrett (Ohio State) as the only Big Ten quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.

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