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Former Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins was selected for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Another Penn State incoming freshman could play key role in 2018; Nittany Lions legend headed to Hall

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Early impact

Everyone close to the Penn State program expects incoming freshman Micah Parsons to contribute to the defense in 2018. But another massive hole that needs filled is tight end.

Mike Gesicki is gone, someone has to replace him. Could it be fellow incoming freshman Zach Kuntz, who enrolled on Monday? It might be, writes Greg Pickel of

Kuntz has said he needs to add weight to his frame, but with Penn State Pat Freirermuth enrolling in June, Kuntz will have a jump on the weight program and playbook. Keep an eye on him.

Mixed signals

Penn State has been in the thick of the College Football Playoff discussion for the last two seasons, and despite winning the Big Ten in 2016, critics pointed to a weak nonconference schedule and a loss to Pittsburgh as reasons why the Nittany Lions were left out.

Athletic director Sandy Barbour says the playoff committee, whose members include former coaches and current athletic directors, is, shockingly enough, sending mixed signals on how teams should approach their nonconference scheduling writes Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Call.

From Wogenrich:

Barbour said those mixed signals hinge on strength-of-schedule arguments the CFP committee makes in determining its rankings. In the championship’s first two years, Barbour said, the CFP made strength of schedule a priority.

The past two seasons, however, have been “a little more iffy,” Barbour said. In 2016, Washington (12-1) had a significantly lower strength of schedule than Penn State (11-2) but qualified for the playoff over the Lions.

This year, Alabama qualified as the No. 4 seed over Big Ten champ Ohio State, whose strength of schedule was higher.

The story added that “I think the College Football Playoff got it right” but that she still wants more clarity from the committee before setting up future schedules.

Call from the Hall

Former Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins will take his place among the college football elite.

On Monday, Collins was selected for the College Football Hall of Fame, writes John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times.

Collins, widely thought to be the best quarterback in Penn State history, anchored the 1994 undefeated Rose Bowl champion Penn State squad that averaged a ridiculous 47 points per game.

Time well spent

Former Nittany Lions offensive lineman Andrew Nelson had high expectations when he arrived at Pen State. Injuries, however, limited his effectiveness over his career.

Nelson’s highlights came in 2014 when he started the Croke Park Classic in Ireland against Central Florida and book-ended that season with a win in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Nelson talked to McGonigal about his time as a Nittany Lion and how he still has some lingering effects from his knee injuries.

Shot at a ring

There’s a pretty good chance a former Penn State player will get to the Super Bowl. Especially since 12 former Nittany Lions are still alive in the NFL Divisional Round this coming weekend, writes Andrew Callahan of Lions 247.

How good a chance? It’s actually a lock as there is at least one former Penn State player on each of the remaining eight teams. Some, as noted by Callahan, are inactive. But they would still get a ring if their team wins.

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