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Penn State's Trace McSorley won't be handing off to Saquon Barkley next season, but the senior quarterback will be the focus of the offense.

Wrapping up Penn State’s Fiesta Bowl victory; is Saquon Barkley the best Nittany Lions RB ever?

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Bowl leftovers

If Penn State is to reload and make a run at the college football playoff for a third straight season, the win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl is a good start to that journey.

Andrew Callahan of Lions 247 has some final thoughts on the Fiesta Bowl and how the Nittany Lions can use it to their advantage going into next season. How far Penn State goes in 2018 revolves around quarterback Trace McSorley.

Writes Callahan:

We need to evolve that conversation permanently to the fact he’s an elite quarterback. McSorley’s foundation is his unshakable mental approach and process, abilities that allow for a ridiculous third-down stat line of 12-for-12 for 193 yards and two touchdowns. He also completed terrific, NFL-type throws against a first-rate defense. That’s called being the total package.

With Saquon Barkley gone to the NFL, the team becomes McSorley’s and Penn State would be wise to follow his lead going forward.

Making the case

Media and fans alike can debate until blue in the face over who the best running back in Penn State history is.

But the answer is yes, Barkley is the best Penn State running back of all-time. At least that’s what three writers from the sports staff of the Centre Daily Times say.

 A heartfelt farewell

Penn State safety Marcus Allen should hear his name called during the NFL draft in April, but fans won’t forget his name anytime soon.

Especially considering how he said his goodbye to the Nittany Lions program.

Allen posted a thoughtful farewell to Nittany nation via Twitter on Tuesday.

Powerful words from a player the program won’t soon forget.

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A sad goodbye

Penn State’s athletic community lost a giant to close 2017.

Former athletic director Jim Tarman, who oversaw both football national titles in the 80’s and replaced legendary coach Joe Paterno as AD, died on Sunday at the age of 89, writes Geoff Morrow of the York Daily Record.

Tarman worked for Penn State for 36 years, and oversaw the transition from independent football program to Big Ten member. He retired in 1993.

Falling short

The Penn State men’s basketball team ended 2017 with an 11-4 record, stuck squarely in the middle of KenPom’s rankings at No. 41 entering play on Tuesday. But a poor performance Tuesday will not help the Nittany Lions NCAA Tournament resume.

Maryland rallied from a 5-point deficit and Penn State wasted a golden opportunity against a Terrapins team short-handed, writes Fight On State’s Mark Brennan.

The 75-69 loss drops Penn State to 1-2 in the Big Ten with a home game against Northwestern on Friday.

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