Penn State assistant Brent Pry up for head coaching job; Saquon Barkley wins national award
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Could Penn State be losing another assistant coach?
Already forced to replace offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, who took over at Mississippi State a week ago, James Franklin could be on the verge of losing his most loyal assistant.
FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported that Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry is being considered for the vacant head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Pry coached at ULL for five seasons as defensive coordinator from 2002-06. The native of Altoona, Pa., has been with Franklin since he joined the staff at Vanderbilt in 2011.
This season, Penn State ranked 20th in total defense nationally, and seventh in scoring defense.
Saquon Barkley could very well win several individual awards and on Wednesday he was named college football’s most versatile player, taking home the Paul Hournug Award, writes the Morning Call’s Mark Wogenrich.
Barkley is also a finalist for the Doak Walker Award and the Maxwell Award, both of which will be announced on Thursday.
Barkley also has a decision to make on the NFL draft. He’s currently projected as the No. 3 overall pick according to walterfootball.com.
But Barkley isn’t in a rush to make a decision on whether to stay or leave, and will do so after the Nittany Lions play Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30.
From Land of 10’s Ryan Connors:
“Definitely after the bowl game,” he told reporters Wednesday when asked about his decision timeline. “I’m definitely going to sit down with my family and just think about life, probably take a little break and see what my family thinks, talk to my coaches and definitely talk to my teammates. I’ll have my decision made then.
You make the call
Harrisburg, Pa., defensive end Micah Parsons is nearing his decision date, and many expect him to end up at Penn State.
But Parsons, as he has done so frequently throughout his prep career, took to social media to ask fans where he should commit to.
15 days away! Where is the love at ?!
— BLESSEDMVP (@Micah_parsons23) December 5, 2017
247Sports Crystal Ball has most recruiting pundits suggesting Parsons will end up at Penn State, though a few say Oklahoma. He is set to decide on Dec. 20 with a post on the Player’s Tribune.
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