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Penn State coach James Franklin has some position battles to figure out before spring practice concludes.

Penn State practice takeaways; position battles heating up for Nittany Lions

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Takeaways

Penn State concluded its eighth practice of the spring session on Wednesday, and there’s plenty to digest from it.

Land of 10’s Audrey Snyder writes that one of the areas to watch has been the kicking duties and what Carson Landis is doing with his opportunity as the only kicker on Penn State’s roster.

Battles continue

Penn State spring practice is in full swing and the battle for positions continues on.

One of the areas that is garnering more attention is the defensive tackle spot. Onward State’s Matthew Fox and Hayden Christ examine the battles that have yet to be sorted out as the Blue-White game nears.

In need

What happens with Penn State quarterback spot post-2018 season is anyone’s guess. Backup Tommy Stevens is sticking around, but he would only have one more year to start.

Earlier this week Penn State lost out on another quarterback prospect, so what’s next? Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue tries to answer that in his Recruiting Question of the Day.

Another honor

Wide receiver Julian Fleming is one of the top prospects in Pennsylvania and he is high on the target list for Penn State.

On Wednesday, Fleming received an invite from Under Armour to participate in its 2019-20 All-American game, writes Pennlive’s Greg Pickel.

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Playing Joe

Al Pacino has had many roles over his career, but the one that debuts on Saturday night might be his most polarizing.

Pacino will play Joe Paterno in the HBO movie Paterno set to debut on Saturday. The movie will focus on a two-week period in the life of the late Penn State coach. USA Today’s Bill Keveney writes that Pacino found Paterno to be contradictory.

The best

Saquon Barkley will be the first Penn State player off the board when the NFL draft rolls around later this month.

Not only will be the first, he will be the first of many. Barkley may head up Penn State’s most successful draft in some time, writes the York Daily Record’s Frank Bodani.

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