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Incoming Penn State freshman Micah Parsons has been tabbed the best defensive player in his area by Pennlive.com.

Penn State recruit Micah Parsons named defensive MVP; Nittany Lions alum Pete Lisicky offers advice for bowl travelers

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Micah Parsons has yet to set foot on Penn State’s campus as an official member of the Nittany Lions football team, but the buzz the Harrisburg, Pa., native has generated in recent months is nothing short of incredible.

Parsons, who signed with Penn State on Dec. 20, was named PennLive.com’s defensive MVP for the 2017 high school football season.

A season ago, after transferring from Central Dauphin halfway through his junior season, Pennlive tabbed Parsons its offensive MVP.

Tough test

When Penn State takes on Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday afternoon, a lot of the focus will be on the Nittany Lions secondary and if it can slow down Huskies quarterback Jake Browning and star wide receiver Dante Pettis.

Ryan S. Clark of The Daily Herald of Everett, Wash, writes that Penn State’s secondary could cause the Washington offense a lot of problems.

Bowl breakdown

Along with the matchup the Penn State secondary faces, there are plenty of other areas where this game could be decided. Josh Kirshenbaum of The Daily UW breaks down the special teams matchup between Penn State and the Huskies.

Lasting memories

Miles Diffenbach is one of a handful of players who navigated the NCAA sanctions and was part of the revival of Penn State football post-Joe Paterno era.

Diffenbach recently talked to John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times and said there is nowhere else he would have rather spent his college career.

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Friendly advice

Pete Lisicky is a long way away from his days as a sharpshooter for the Penn State men’s basketball team. Lisicky now resides in Arizona, Phoenix to be specific, 18 miles south of Glendale, site of the Nittany Lions Fiesta Bowl game against Washington.

Mark Brennan from Fight On State caught up with Lisicky while in Phoenix, and the Penn State alum offered up some friendly advice for fans who are traveling out to the game.

Incoming hoops help

Penn State’s men’s basketball team has apparently picked up a transfer.

Villanova’s Kyle McCloskey will jump from Philadelphia to Happy Valley, at least according to his social media, writes StateCollege.com’s Mikey Mandarino.

McCloskey is actually changing sports too. He played quarterback for the Wildcats, and only appeared in three games a season ago.

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