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Penn State coach James Franklin tweets a lot, but it's not as much as Michigan's Jim Harbaugh.

Penn State adds kicker; DE Lamont Wade protests teen’s shooting death

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A special addition

Penn State still needs to figure out who will handle the kicking duties this season, and the competition got a little more complicated over the weekend.

Bethlehem Catholic kicker Anthony DaSilva issued an early walk-on pledge to the Nittany Lions. He still has his senior season to go, but performed well at a recent Penn State camp, writes Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue.

Speaking his mind

The recent news of an African-American teenager killed by police in East Pittsburgh hit close to home for one Penn State player.

Defensive back Lamont Wade, born and raised in Clairton, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh, was front and center during a recent protest and was interviewed by CNN, writes’s Brian Linder.

Rankings matter

The official preseason rankings won’t be out for another month, but the only rankings that may matter right now are within plain sight.’s Mike Poorman writes that when it comes to social media, Penn State, led specifically by coach James Franklin, ranks third among the rest of the Big Ten.

Philly connection

Kyle McCord has thrown only a handful of passes for Philadelphia-based powerhouse St. Joseph’s Prep, but that will change this season. Even with a limited resume, McCord has impressed Penn State coaches.’s Brian Linder writes that McCord visited Penn State over the weekend and walked away with an offer from the Nittany Lions.

What to watch

Penn State’s preseason camp will kick off in August, and every so often a list will pop up of things to watch. A really early list of things to watch.

So off the heels of spring ball,’s Bob Flounders offers up 10 players to keep an eye on when fall ball begins in two months.

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