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With a tireless recruiting effort, Penn State coach James Franklin has put his team in a position to compete for a college playoff berth for a third straight season.

5 questions for Penn State a week into spring practice; Nittany Lions on recruiting roll

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More questions

The nitpicking about Penn State’s spring practice and ensuing football season will continue for some time. There are legitimate questions, at positions aside from the obvious running back and defensive backs.

Pennlive’s Greg Pickel looks at five looming questions facing the Nittany Lions headed into the Blue-White scrimmage next month.

Makes it easy

One of the questions the Nittany Lions do not have to answer is how they are going to keep the current trend going. In each of the last two seasons, Penn State has been in the thick of the College Football Playoff discussion because of a loaded roster and tireless recruiting effort from coach James Franklin.

Land Of 10’s Tyler Donohue writes that Franklin’s recruiting efforts mean the Nittany Lions keep reloading.

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A wanted man

Penn State would love to land 5-star linebacker Brandon Smith from Virginia and Franklin and his staff are doing what they can to ensure they remain a constant destination for the recruit.

Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue writes that Smith has set another visit to Penn State. This will be the third time Smith has visited campus.

On the wall

Saquon Barkley accomplished a lot during his time at Penn State, but one of the most impressive stats that followed Barkley out the Beaver Stadium doors towards the NFL is that he became the 100th All-American in school history.

On Tuesday, Penn State recognized Barkley’s accomplishment by adding him to the wall of All-Americans.

Stopping by

Saquon Barkley will make the rounds with NFL teams prior to the April draft and among his first stops is one of the most intriguing potential landing spots for the former Penn State running back.’s Matt Lombardo says that Barkley will visit the New York Giants, according to Giants general manager Dave Gettleman. The Giants currently hold the No. 2 overall pick behind the Cleveland Browns.

A connection

HBO will air the movie Paterno on April 7, which will profile the two-week period between when late Penn State coach Joe Paterno won his 409th, and final, game as coach, and his firing and cancer diagnosis two weeks later.

Director Barry Levinson and actor Al Pacino, who plays Paterno, recently discussed the movie on Bill Simmons’ The Ringer podcast, writes Land of 10’s Stephen Pianovich.


Zain Retherford helped anchor Penn State to another wrestling national title, but along the way he accomplished something no Nittany Lions wrestler had ever done.

The Centre Daily Times’ Lauren Muthler writes that Hodge became the second two-time Hodge Trophy winner in school history, but the first to win it in back-to-back seasons. Nittany Lion great David Taylor won the award twice as well.

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