Audrey Snyder/Land of 10
Could Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour be the next AD to earn at least $1 million?

Penn State hands out numbers to freshmen; Nittany Lions now favorite to land running back

Penn State football is the No. 1 topic in We are… Awake every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Nittany Lions sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Penn State football, recruiting, basketball and more.

In the numbers

Penn State welcomed a foursome of freshmen for the summer, and all were given their jersey numbers this week.’s Greg Pickel writes the four show strong physical measurements, with defensive lineman Judge Culpepper and offensive lineman P.J. Mustipher checking in above 275 pounds.

Adding a punch

It is possible Penn State could have a strong month of May recruiting. A handful of prospects the Nittany Lions are chasing are announcing their decisions later this month.

One player Penn State has its eye on is Virginia running back Devyn Ford, who is announcing his choice on Friday afternoon. Lions 247’s Sean Fitz writes the Nittany Lions are looking good when it comes to Ford’s commitment.

MORE: Want this roundup in your inbox every morning? Sign up here

Paying for play

With gambling on the table in all 50 states and the rising revenue of college football programs across the country, paying players is a hot topic.

So, where does Penn State stand on the issues? Land of 10’s Audrey Snyder writes there is plenty to figure out before any formal decision is made.

Speaking of pay

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour is due for a raise. But how much will she command?

Pickel writes that Barbour, who has had one of the most successful runs of any AD in the country in recent years, could be in line to earn $1 million.

Tipping off

Penn State’s basketball team will have some added nonconference pop to its schedule this season, and it could help with a potential NCAA berth if the Nittany Lions are successful.

The Nittany Lions announced they will travel to Chicago, for a neutral-site tilt against DePaul, part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games that feature Big Ten and Big East schools, writes Lions 247’s Andrew Callahan. The headliner of the event is a national title game rematch between Michigan and Villanova.

Miss previous editions of the Wakeup Call? They can be found here.