More Saquon Barkley Heisman talk; 2 players leaving the Nittany Lions program
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There are plenty of reasons why Penn State running back Saquon Barkley didn’t receive an invite to the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City on Saturday night.
Snub references are everywhere these days.
The staff of the Allentown Morning Call offered five reasons that Barkley did not get an invite.
John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times said voters made a mistake not including Barkley among their finalists.
Pennlive’s Dustin Hockensmith and Bob Flounders addressed the snub and other hypotheticals surrounding the Nittany Lions.
The next time anyone will get a chance to hear from Barkley will be the team’s bowl media day.
2 players transfer out
Two Penn State players have opted to leave the program.
Sean Fitz and Mark Brennan of Lions 247/FightOnState report that backup running back Andre Robinson will transfer out of the program. Robinson arrived as the same time as Barkley.
Robinson finished with 55 yards rushing and a touchdown this season.
Also transferring is kicker Alex Barbir, as reported by Fitz. Barbir appeared in three games this season.
Plenty of questions
The staff of Pennlive posed some interesting questions about the Nittany Lions heading into the Dec. 30 Fiesta Bowl matchup against No. 11 Washington and beyond.
One of the questions surrounding the defense is the status of linebacker Manny Bowen, who missed the last quarter of the season for unspecified disciplinary reasons.
With linebacker Jason Cabinda moving on after the season, the Nittany Lions have a hole to fill, and bowl games have usually acted a foreshadowing of the spring practice session.
How many Penn State linebackers will Penn State have to replace? Jason Cabinda and Brandon Smith are definitely gone after the Fiesta Bowl. And junior outside linebacker Manny Bowen’s status for the Washington game, and beyond, is unclear. Bowen missed the final three games of the regular season due to a suspension for a violation of team rules. A three-game suspension is in indication of a serious infraction.
Bowen missed the Rose Bowl loss to USC last season after being suspended for a violation of team rules.
Another interesting question post-Fiesta Bowl this season will be what backup quarterback Tommy Stevens will decide to do.
He could opt to transfer or he could stick it out behind Trace McSorley, who is NFL draft eligible after this season.
Either way, Stevens has become one of the most popular players on the Penn State squad. Victory Bell Rings took a look at his 2017 season.
Penn State men’s basketball suffered a one-point loss to Wisconsin on Monday night, but the final possession drew the ire of the Nittany Lions faithful.
Penn State coach Pat Chambers did not call a timeout on the final possession, and Adam Yorke of Black Shoes Diaries has the explanation why.
Penn State fell to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten with the 64-63 loss. Wisconsin is 4-5 and 1-1.
The Nittany Lions currently sit 41st in KenPom’s rankings.
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