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Penn State's pro day is reportedly set for March 20, where cornerback Grant Haley could work out for NFL scouts.

Penn State reportedly sets Pro Day date; a look at Nittany Lions cornerbacks

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On display

Penn State’s Pro Day is reportedly set.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Nittany Lions looking to make an impact in the NFL will perform for scouts on March 20th.

But as Andrew Callahan from Lions 247 writes, Penn State has yet to confirm the date. In the past, Penn State closed off its Pro Day to the media but former coach Bill O’Brien changed that policy. This year is sure to draw plenty of attention with running back Saquon Barkley, receiver DaeSean Hamilton, tight end Mike Gesicki and defensive backs Marcus Allen and Grant Haley potentially on display.

Any player receiving an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine will be announced in early February.

Manning the corner

Two guys who will patrol the secondary next season are Tariq Castro-Fields and Lamont Wade.

Greg Pickel of caught up with both and offered a brief glimpse into their plans for the 2018 season. Both figure to see plenty of time in spring ball with Haley and Christian Campbell gone from the depth chart.

Writes Pickel:

Castro-Fields also pointed to the playbook when asked where he’d see the biggest gains this year, saying: “Just attacking every day and getting stronger, getting faster, getting in the playbook more, and learning it more in-depth.”

Pickel also offers other recruiting notes, including an update on wide receiver Solomon Enis in the post.

2 weeks to remember

HBO’s project “Paterno,” to be released later this spring, will not go the distance looking back at former coach Joe Paterno’s entire career.

Rather, as Candy Woodall from Pennlive writes, it will be condensed down to the two-week period in which Paterno won his final game as coach, becoming the winningest coach in college football in the process, former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is arrested, Paterno offers his retirement and is ultimately fired.

What it won’t do, according to director Barry Levinson, is tell you one way or another whether Paterno knew anything beyond what he said prior to his death in 2012.

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No time for fun

The latest setback for the Penn State men’s basketball team, a 95-84 overtime loss on Monday to up and down Minnesota, showed that the Nittany Lions, despite one stellar recruiting class, still have a long way to go.

David Jones of Pennlive writes that it’s clear this team is not having any fun right now.

And why should they be having fun at this point?  The loss to the Golden Gophers, coupled with a horrible home loss to Rider just prior to Christmas, has the Nittany Lions at 13-7 overall and just 3-4 in the Big Ten.

KenPom has the Nittany Lions 56th in his latest rankings.

A long way to go.

Nittany Lions on ice

Penn State’s hockey team has an important weekend series with Big Ten rival Michigan on Friday and Saturday, and when he they hit the road for Ann Arbor, they could have an important piece back in their rotations.

Ben Jones of writes that defenseman Kevin Kerr could return to the lineup.

Jones writes:

Kerr, is arguably one of Penn State’s most skilled players in every area on the ice. The  top defenseman coming back this this weekend will mark his first action since Dec. 2. Kerr missed six games with a broken wrist and had missed 12 games earlier this season with a different injury.

Penn State is currently in third place in the Big Ten, but just two points ahead of Michigan. The weekend series is critical for seeding in the upcoming Big  Ten tournament.

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