Biggest questions facing Penn State this spring; why former Nittany Lions LB Jason Cabinda will be drafted
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Penn State has some unknowns going into the full-time spring practice session. Offensive production is a must, as the Nittany Lions have to replace pieces like running back Saquon Barkley, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton and tight end Mike Gesicki.
Over at Lions247 Andrew Callahan examines the key positions battles as the Nittany Lions are almost a month away from the annual Blue-White spring game.
A must pick
Jason Cabinda has one of the tougher paths of the NFL draft-eligible former Nittany Lions. Some have said he’s undersized, he isn’t physical enough or he’s not athletic enough. Cabinda has recognized all of these issues and kept his focus on hearing his name called.
The Daily Collegian’s Matt Martell says Cabinda, despite some of his deficiencies, will get drafted next month.
Tamba Hali is best remembered in Penn State lore as the guy who dropped Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith for an earth-shattering sack in 2005, a game in which Penn State re-arrived on the national scene after a couple of down years.
On Monday, Hali’s run as a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker appeared to end as the team cut him — saving nearly $8 million in cap space in the process, writes Arrowhead Pride’s Joel Thorman.
The right fit
Another former Penn State star hanging out in NFL free agency is wide receiver Allen Robinson, who will not be back with the Jacksonville Jaguars and is coming off a torn ACL that cost him nearly all of the 2017 season.
Robinson is rumored to be on the short list of the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers, and on Monday spoke about how he feels he fits in with both teams when he joined SiriusXM’s Adam Schein, writes the Chicago Tribune’s Colleen Kane.
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A bit of a rift
Penn State basketball missed out on the NCAA Tournament, but will host in-state opponent Temple in the NIT on Wednesday at the Byrce Jordan Center.
StateCollege.com’s Ben Jones, by way of OwlScoop, writes that Temple head coach Fran Dunphy appeared to take a shot at Nittany Lions head coach Pat Chambers and the job he’s done recruiting since he got to Penn State.
Dunphy has since said his comments were misinterpreted.
While many feel that Penn State, and Nebraska for that matter, should’ve earned at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament, over at Eleven Warriors, James Grega writes that both teams got a bad draw in the NIT, too.
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