LIONS HOST 2018 MEDIA DAY

LIONS HOST 2018 MEDIA DAY

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Football hosted its annual media day Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. With less than 30 days remaining until the Nittany Lions officially open the 2018 season, Penn State head coach James Franklin, members of the coaching staff and the team gathered to meet with members of the media.

Franklin led off with an opening press conference followed by appearances from offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne, defensive coordinator Brent Pry and special teams coordinator Phil Galiano. Quarterback Trace McSorley closed out the press conference sessions before the media members moved to the field for one-on-one opportunities with the rest of the team.

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FORTY FORMER LIONS IN NFL TRAINING CAMPS

FORTY FORMER LIONS IN NFL TRAINING CAMPS

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A total of 40 Penn State football alumni – the most since 2012 – are populating the training camp rosters of 25 National Football League teams. The Nittany Lions annually are among the top 20 programs nationally in producing players in the NFL. In addition, eight former Nittany Lions are members of NFL coaching staffs and two former non-football student-athletes are on rosters.

The last time Penn State had 40 or more alums on NFL rosters was in 2012 when 41 entered NFL training camps.

A fifth of the former Nittany Lions are on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins, which boast a league-high four Penn Staters each. The Dolphins feature the returning trio of 10th-year defensive end Cameron Wake, linebacker Mike Hull and cornerback Jordan Lucas, as well as rookie tight end Mike Gesicki, who selected with the 42nd overall pick of the 2018 Draft. The Steelers also feature a former Penn State tight end with fourth-year vet Jesse James, who is joined in Latrobe this summer by safety Malik Golden and rookies Marcus Allen(safety) and Parker Cothren (defensive tackle).

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MCSORLEY AMONG GOLDEN ARM CANDIDATES

MCSORLEY AMONG GOLDEN ARM CANDIDATES

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) is among the candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award for the nation’s top quarterback who is a fourth-year junior on pace to graduate with his class or a senior. This is McSorley’s fifth preseason watch list selection this summer. He is also a nominee for the Maxwell Award (National Player of the Year), Walter Camp Award (National Player of the Year), Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback) and Wuerffel Trophy (College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service).

The Golden Arm Award is presented at the end of each football season and the winner is selected based on his accomplishments both on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. The Golden Arm Award is named in honor of Johnny Unitas, who was an 18-year veteran of the NFL and played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

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COLLINS ELECTED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

COLLINS ELECTED TO COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Penn State national award winner and first-team All-America quarterback Kerry Collins has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class. Collins will be inducted to the Hall of Fame December 4, 2018 at the 61st National Football Foundation (NFF) Annual Awards Dinner in New York City.

Collins and the 13 inductees (10 players, 3 coaches) will also be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the fall. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

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BARKLEY DECLARES FOR NFL DRAFT

BARKLEY DECLARES FOR NFL DRAFT

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. – Junior running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) has decided to forgo his senior season and will declare for the NFL Draft. He was unanimously selected to the 2017 NCAA Consensus All-America team, becoming the 42nd student-athlete in program history to earn the honor. He finished his career ranked second in program history in career rushing yards.

“I would like to start off by saying thank you so much for all of the memories that you have helped create over the last three years, whether it be on the football field, in school or in the community,” Barkley said. “I am forever grateful to you for making my time here so enjoyable. You have been amazing to me through the ups and downs of my career and you will always have a special place in my heart.

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NO. 9 FB WINS FIESTA BOWL, 35-28

NO. 9 FB WINS FIESTA BOWL, 35-28

GLENDALE, Ariz. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorleyeclipsed 400 yards of total offense and became the school’s all-time bowl game passing leader to lead the No. 9 Nittany Lions past No. 11 Washington (10-3), 35-28, in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Saturday in University of Phoenix Stadium.

Penn State improved to 7-0 all-time in the Fiesta Bowl to finish the 2017 season 11-2. It marks the first time since the 2008 and 2009 seasons that the Nittany Lions posted back-to-back 11-win seasons.

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Fiesta Bowl Media Day Highlights

Fiesta Bowl Media Day Highlights

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Gameday is drawing closer as Penn State took to the field one last time for practice this afternoon. Prior to the practice, nearly the entire team as well as all Nittany Lion coaches participated in the Fiesta Bowl media day event.

Spanning an entire hotel ballroom, the team was divided up based on academic majors, with a few Nittany Lions taking spots around the room at podiums.

Penn State head coach James Franklin kicked off the event, taking to the podium to field questions from a variety of reports. Upon receiving a question about who media members might want to get to know a little better, Franklin noted that’s actually part of what’s so special about college football.

“You’ve got so many kids from so many different backgrounds and perspectives,” Franklin said. “To me, probably the most valuable guys in our program are the guys that you don’t know anything about. The guys that make the program run, the guys that allow us to practice the way we want to practice, the guys that sacrifice so much with their name not being in the newspaper, with them not scoring touchdowns. But we talk all the time about every single person in our program has a significant role that impacts this team.”

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