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Backup quarterback Tommy Stevens will see more time on the field this season in the 'Lion' role.

Family critical to Penn State recruit; former Nittany Lions standout battles on first day of U.S. Open

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It takes a village

Brandon Smith could have gone wherever he wanted to play college football, but ultimately he chose Penn State.

His family would have been fine no matter what his choice. Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue writes that Smith’s family is by his side no matter what.

Staying involved

Penn State coach James Franklin had to figure out a way to get backup quarterback Tommy Stevens on the field, and not just in mop-up duty late in games.

So the coaches created the ‘Lion’ position, in which Stevens rushed for, caught and threw a touchdown pass a season ago. It was the best possible way to keep his backup involved writes SB Nation’s Ian Boyd.

A nightmare

With the annual Big 33 Football Classic this weekend, one Penn State player to keep an eye on is wide receiver Jahan Dotson.

Dotson will be on display when Pennsylvania takes on Maryland on Saturday night and his in-state coaches think he is a nightmare to cover, writes the Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal.

Not betting on Jersey

Legalized sports gambling is spreading across the country, albeit slowly. Delaware and now New Jersey allow it, but don’t think that means you can bet on Penn State’s game against Rutgers this season.

Pennlive.com’s Greg Pickel picks up the story from sister site NJ.com that while legalized betting started in New Jersey on Thursday, there are rules in place that prohibit some of it.

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Everything he thought

Penn State graduate Cole Miller has been a professional golfer for a couple of weeks now, but his first true test kicked off Thursday when he teed off in the U.S. Open.

There was good and bad in Miller’s round writes the Allentown Morning Call’s Mark Wogenrich.

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