For the first time in 16 years, Penn State is preparing to make a trip to the Steel City. They will take on Pitt at 12 p.m. this Saturday at Heinz Field.
The matchup represents the renewal of an in-state rivalry and the beginning of a two-week period that will see the Nittany Lions take on the Panthers this week before hosting Temple the following weekend when Joe Paterno will be honored by Penn State before the game on the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s first home game.
Coach James Franklin was asked for the first time about honoring Paterno before the matchup with the Owls.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa– The Penn State football team opens its 130th campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3, hosting Kent State for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff in Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions own a 106-21-2 record all-time in season openers and will be opening the season at home for the first time since 2012, having started the last three seasons in MetLife Stadium (2013 vs. Syracuse), in Dublin, Ireland (2014 vs. UCF) and at Temple last year.
Penn State will provide security screening for all guests this season at entry gates using metal detection wands. With this security measure in place, all public gates, including the ADA and student gates, will open two hours prior to kickoff to provide ample time for all fans to pass through security.
“The safety and well-being of our student-athletes and fans is of utmost importance to us,” said Cory Chapman, Penn State Assistant AD and General Manager; Beaver Stadium and Pegula Ice Arena. “Providing security measures at Beaver Stadium is a topic we regularly discuss and review throughout the entire year. The plan we have in place will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests in Beaver Stadium.”
Summer Officially begins next week, so it’s that time of year again to submit your membership application for the State College Quarterback Club and renew support of the Penn State football team!
As devoted Nittany Lion fans, I know that you are excited as I am for the start of another fabulous PSU Football Season!
After the 2015 white out game was scheduled as one of five noon home games, it has been announced that Penn State fans will get to cheer at an 8 p.m. white out game Saturday, Oct. 22 at Beaver Stadium against Ohio State this year.
Last season, the Nittany Lions lost both the white out game against Michigan and the game against the Buckeyes.
They fell to the Buckeyes 38-10 in Columbus, but Saquon Barkley’s 194 rushing yards were a bright spot in the game.
The Lions will get another chance this year when they play the Buckeyes, which will be televised on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
The 2016 NFL Draft begins Thursday night — but until then, “Speculation Season” is in full swing.
Penn State has four prospects who could be picked up by pro teams this weekend, and a handful of other players who participated in the school’s Pro Day and hope to be at least signed to Undrafted Free Agent (UDFA) contracts once the draft ends.
The big four — quarterback Christian Hackenberg, defensive tackles Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel and defensive end Carl Nassib — could go anywhere from the mid-to-late rounds of this year’s draft.
But who might scoop them up?
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Penn State has announced its game themes for the 2016 season.
The program’s annual White Out game will take place on Oct. 22, when Ohio State comes to Beaver Stadium. The last time the Buckeyes played at Penn State was Oct. 2014, when the Lions fell 31-24 to Urban Meyer and the visitors.
OSU has won four of the last five contests between the schools; Penn State hasn’t beat the Buckeyes since 2010, when it won 20-14 in Columbus. OSU leads the all-time series, 17-13.
A fan Stripe Out game, which was first introduced when Rutgers came to State College last season, will return this year. It will take place when Temple visits on Sept. 17.
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BY JOURDAN RODRIGUE
How fast is Joe Moorhead’s offense?
Penn State is currently in the process of installing the new offensive coordinator’s uptempo spread system as spring ball, which started last Friday, unfolds.
“We’re doing tempo the other day, and you guys see we very rarely run after practice,” said head coach James Franklin. “And because of our tempo, we’re getting unbelievable conditioning. And the other day in the middle of a series, (defensive tackle) Robert Windsor threw up all over the place. I saw all the offensive guys’ eyes light up like, ‘Exactly. We got you now.’ ”
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Today’s Penn State football news features a handful of recruiting updates, including a pair of top targets in Bo Melton and Robert Hainsey, as well as a a breakdown of Joe Moorhead’s new offense from coach James Franklin.
Sean Fitz of Lions 247 has the latest on Hainsey’s spring visit plans and an upcoming visit for local product Evan Chadbourn. Scout’s Brian Dohn has a video breakdown directly from Melton on his latest offers, what he likes about Penn State and more.
Franklin talked in-depth about Moorhead’s new-look offense, including the tempo and how it could help the offensive line. His comments, made at an Allentown clinic, were captured by Mark Wogenrich of the Morning Call:
“It’s about simplifying things for the offensive line,” Franklin said at the event. “There’s nothing wrong with what we were doing before, but it put pressure on the unit where we probably had the least amount of experience.”
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Dear State College Quarterback Club Members,
On November 7th, the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund will hold its 10th Anniversary “Tailgate Party” event featuring the Penn State vs Northwestern Football Game on 7 big screen TVs at the Mountain View Country Club in Boalsburg. It is a great way to celebrate Penn State’s strong football season with friends, family and colleagues.
Enjoy great football food, complimentary beer and wine, auctions, raffles, and more, while supporting local cancer patients who struggle to pay for their basic expenses. Come join us in this fun event and wear your Blue & White!!! You can register on line at bobperksfund.org.
Since 2006, the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund has given out more than $1 million to assist cancer patients throughout Blair, Centre, Clearfield and Huntingdon Counties. The organization was established in memory of Bob Perks, a four year member of the Penn State Baseball Team and Penn State Graduate who passed away in 2005 after a long battle with melanoma.
The 2016 Penn State Dance Marathon is right around the corner! One of our PSU Football players, Matt Zanellato – #80, will be participating once again and is currently raising funds for the event.
During his talk at our luncheon yesterday, he reached out to the State College Quarterback Club for additional support. Anyone wanting to make a donation can go directly to Matt’s gofundme website. He will be taking donations up until the event in mid-February. The link is attached below..
For four decades, Penn Staters have worked to end pediatric cancer. Join the fight today!
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