Looking at Penn State’s quarterback situation; continuing tradition of Linebacker U
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Penn State has the luxury of bringing back one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten for the 2018 season. Trace McSorley has rewritten the record book since taking over for an injured Christian Hackenberg in a bowl loss three seasons ago.
But what is the Penn State quarterback situation beyond McSorley? The Daily Collegian’s Ben Jenkins examines the position, particularly what kind of shape the Nittany Lions are in behind their senior signal caller.
One of the reasons why the Nittany Lions are so strong behind center? Depth. Last season coach James Franklin utilized backup Tommy Stevens in numerous ways.
Stevens, aiming for more playing time, toyed with the idea of transferring in search of a starting job. Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman confirmed with Stevens that he will stay at Penn State. Land of 10’s Audrey Snyder caught up with Stevens at practice.
The tradition of Linebacker U will continue with freshman Micah Parsons this season, but beyond the current freshman class, what is coming up for the Nittany Lions at their most famed position?
Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue answers that question and dives into potential targets for the future.
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A special impact
Josh McPhearson isn’t one of the name players who will try to land on an NFL roster this spring. But he was a critical part of Penn State’s football team — even though you may not have known it.
McPhearson, a special teams contributor, worked out at Penn State’s pro day, and the York Daily Record’s Frank Bodani writes that McPhearson has to take the chance to land with an NFL team.
Ricky Rahne’s debut as the offensive coordinator for Penn State was a raging success. A 545-yard performance would open the eyes of anyone.
But Rahne is going to have his hands full this spring, and ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg writes he must figure out a way to keep the Nittany Lions offense potent as they move on without running back Saquon Barkley.
Driving toward a title
Penn State’s men’s basketball team is 40 minutes from earning another NIT championship, a win that Nittany Lions coach Pat Chambers recently said he rather would have than a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament.
If Penn State defeats Utah, it will put another banner in the Bryce Jordan Center and, as the Centre Daily Times’ Ryne Gery writes, that is what is driving seniors such as Shep Garner before they take the floor on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
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