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Micah Parsons is one of a handful of freshmen who are expected to play right away, but a new NCAA rule could help ease the transition for some players.

Penn State’s strengths and weaknesses; Nittany Lions and new redshirt rule

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Strengths and weaknesses

Phil Steele is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable pundits when it comes to college football and handicapping the game. So when he speaks you should listen.

Steele had plenty to say about the Nittany Lions when he talked to Pennlive.com’s Dustin Hockensmith.

4 is enough

The NCAA passed a new rule Wednesday that will allow freshman football players to participate in four games without surrendering any eligibility. This could aid several teams including Penn State.

How the Nittany Lions will utilize the new rule remains to be seen, but the Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal writes Penn State can benefit from it.

Heisman talk

Trace McSorley has garnered preseason Heisman talk, including an endorsement from former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer.

But if the Penn State senior quarterback is to make it to New York City, he is going to have to be at his best, writes StateCollege.com’s Ben Jones.

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Establishing a brand

Penn State has hauled in running backs in recent months, fresh off having Saquon Barkley become the second overall pick in the NFL draft.

Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue writes that on the recruiting trail, the Nittany Lions have a national name among running backs they are targeting.

Summer learning

With fall practice two months away and a successful spring session complete, there is plenty for Penn State to do this summer.

Part of the process is what the coaching staff calls ‘teach days,’ and as Pennlive.com’s Greg Pickel points out, they are a very important part of the process.

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