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It did not take Ricky Slade long to decide that Penn State was the right fit for him.

How Penn State won over Ricky Slade; finding a breakout player for Nittany Lions

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Winning pitch

Ricky Slade had a lot on his plate during his recruitment. And while he had plenty of options beyond Penn State, it was hard to tell the Nittany Lions no when they came calling.

Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue wrote that Slade has big shoes to fill but wants people to know he has the tools but isn’t coming to Penn State to be the next Saquon Barkley.

Breaking out

Penn State has plenty of players capable of busting out this upcoming season. With plenty of talent on the roster and a handful of freshmen who figure to make impacts, the search is on for the singular breakout player.

Black Shoes Diaries thinks they have pinpointed the guy and it is running back Miles Sanders, whose top job is to replace Barkley.

Helping hand

When the 2018 season kicks off, Penn State will encounter arguably its toughest games at home in the friendly confines of Beaver Stadium, including Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin.

All of those home games are going to be winnable simply because the Beaver Stadium crowd counts for something, wrote Roar Lions Roar’s Matt de Bear.

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Biggest impact

All eyes will be on Barkley during his first NFL season, and most expect Barkley to win the NFL Rookie of the Year award.

But other Penn State players will populate NFL rosters and plenty have a chance to make a big impact. StateCollege.com’s Mike Poorman looked at which Penn State players not named Barkley could have the biggest affect.

Cancun clash

Fresh off a NIT championship, the Penn State men’s basketball team will open its 2018-19 season with a Mexican flavor.

The Nittany Lions will host North Florida and Jacksonville State at the Jordan Center as part of the Cancun Challenge in November, wrote StateCollge.com’s Ben Jones.

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