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Penn State redshirt senior QB Trace McSorley completed 19-of-32 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 21-17 loss to Michigan State.

McSorley managed a five-yard touchdown pass to KJ Hamler in the first quarter, but outside of that scoring toss, he was mostly shut down by a Michigan State pass defense which had been exceedingly porous through the first month-plus of the campaign. The redshirt senior signal-caller has now been held under 200 yards passing in three of six games. He's been held to 230 or fewer in five of six contests. Penn State will face off with Indiana next weekend.
Oct 13 - 9:00 PM

Penn State junior RB Miles Sanders rushed for 162 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Saturday's 21-17 loss to Michigan State.

A strong, strong effort from Sanders, here, especially given the opponent. Michigan State came into the weekend boasting the nation's best run defense. The 5-foot-11, 207-pound junior averaged a sweet 10.12 YPC for the game and scored on a thrilling 48-yard run in the second quarter, a run on which he bounced off multiple would-be tacklers before making a few cuts and turning on the jets to find end zone glory. In six games this season, Sanders has now rushed for an even 700 yards and seven touchdowns. He's not Saquon Barkley -- he was never going to be -- but he's putting together a lovely campaign in his own right.
Oct 13 - 8:17 PM

Penn State redshirt freshman WR KJ Hamler (head) has been announced as a starter for Saturday's game against Michigan State.

Hamler (5'9/176) sustained a head injury during Penn State's loss to Ohio State at the end of September. He healed up nicely over the bye week and went through pregame warmups on Saturday without apparent issue. He'll be looking to burn MSU's shoddy secondary come kickoff.
Oct 13 - 3:22 PM

Penn State redshirt freshman KJ Hamler (head) is in uniform for warmups ahead of Saturday's game against Michigan State.

Hamler (5'9/176) suffered the injury during the second half of Penn State's September 29 loss to Ohio State, with the bye week giving him additional time to get back to full strength. The redshirt freshman participating in warmups appears to be a positive sign regarding his availability for Saturday's key matchup with Michigan State.
Oct 13 - 2:39 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin said that he expects redshirt freshman WR KJ Hamler (head) to be able to play against Michigan State on Saturday.

Hamler (5'9/176) was injured against Ohio State in Week 5, with Buckeyes DB Isaiah Pryor ejected for targeting on the play. He was able to rest up on bye this past weekend. We'll keep monitoring his status over the remainder of the practice week, but to this juncture, there's been no indication that he'll be forced to sit against Sparty on Saturday.
Source: 247Sports
Oct 9 - 4:51 PM

Penn State redshirt senior QB Trace McSorley was named Reese's Senior Bowl Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Ohio State on Saturday.

McSorley had a monster statistical game; throwing for 286 yards and running for 175 in the 27-26 loss to the Buckeyes. Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy obviously was impressed as well. He notes that the senior signal-caller doesn't have elite arm strength, but scouts call his right arm "sneaky" and noted that people were saying the same things about Baker Mayfield last year. The 6-foot, 203-pound McSorley isn't going to be the first quarterback off the board like Mayfield was -- or even the first quarterback taken -- but it does sound like his draft stock is improving right now.
Oct 5 - 8:09 PM

247Sports analyst Brian Dohn compared Penn State four-star 2019 verbal TE commit Brenton Strange to former Nittany Lions TE Mike Gesicki.

Measuring in at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, Strange does not carry the bulk of the 252-pound Gesicki, but Dohn sees his skill-set in a similar light. The analyst writes that "[h]is versatility will allow him create mismatches," alluding to Strange's ability to line up both out of the slot and out wide. The need to add bulk and become more physical as a blocker could be cause for him to take a redshirt his first year in Happy Valley.
Source: 247Sports
Oct 3 - 7:08 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 TE Brenton Strange.

Strange was also strongly considering Ole Miss and Ohio State, and the 6-foot-5, 210-pound tight end had offers from several other Power Five schools like Purdue, Louisville Notre Dame and Michigan. He is the 14th ranked tight end in 247 Sports' composite rankings, and he ranks third among players out of the state of West Virginia. Penn State has had several quality tight ends enter the NFL ranks, and based on scouting reports, his athleticism gives him a chance to be the next -- although that's obviously a long way from now. The Nittany Lions now have the third-ranked class in the Big Ten on 247 Sports' list, 12th overall.
Oct 1 - 7:34 PM

Penn State redshirt freshman Patrick Freiermuth finished with three receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-26 loss against Ohio State.

Freiermuth has recorded touchdowns in back-to-back conference games, as he slowly tries to work his way more into the offense. Trace McSorley looked his way for a career-best three receptions, as Freiermuth works to fill the shoes of the departed Mike Gesicki, who is now playing his trade with the Miami Dolphins. Freiermuth has a ways to go before he's at the level of Gesicki, but Penn State tends to feature its tight ends in the offense, so he could be the next Gesicki, Kyle Brady, Troy Drayton or Jesse James. Next up is a visit from Michigan State on Oct. 13.
Sep 30 - 1:55 AM

Penn State redshirt senior QB Trace McSorley completed 16-of-32 passes for 286 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 27-26 loss against Ohio State and he added 175 rushing yards on 25 attempts.

The Buckeyes had very few answers for McSorley's scrambling ability, so naturally on 4th and 5 and the game on the line late they handed the ball off instead of putting the ball in McSorley's hands. It's uncertain what HC James Franklin was thinking, but he'll be second-guessed for a long time after this disappointing finish in front of a record crowd in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions will look to regroup Oct. 13 against Michigan State.
Sep 30 - 1:49 AM

Penn State redshirt freshman WR KJ Hamler (head) was taken to the locker room after receiving a hard hit during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Ohio State.

Hamler was hit hard by Ohio State S Isaiah Pryor, who was ejected for targeting after the play was reviewed. The redshirt sophomore was able to walk off the field under his own power. Hamler played well Saturday night, catching four passes for 138 yards and a touchdown with the score being a 93-yard reception.
Sep 29 - 10:47 PM

Penn State redshirt junior QB Tommy Stevens was announced as the team's starter at the "Lion" position ahead of Saturday's game against Ohio State.

Stevens has yet to play in a game this season, although he was listed as Penn State's backup quarterback for the team's Sept. 21 game at Illinois. Trace McSorley remains the unquestioned starter, but the fact that Stevens is available to play if needed is good news for the Nittany Lions. While Stevens worked his way back to full strength Sean Clifford served as McSorley's backup.
Sep 29 - 7:44 PM

Penn State freshman T Rasheed Walker has been charged with a pair of misdemeanors in relation to a mountain bike theft on campus.

Walker (6'6/290) admitted to the authorities that he had stolen a mountain bike that had been reported missing (it was caught on surveillance camera). The bike was valued at $150, so we're not exactly talking about one of Ocean's 11, here. Walker signed on with the Nittany Lions as a highly-regarded four-star recruit over the winter. Discipline figures to be handled in-house with this one given the relatively minor nature of the indiscretion. Walker's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 31.
Sep 26 - 2:39 PM

With Penn State redshirt senior RB Mark Allen (undisclosed) expected to miss the season, freshman Ricky Slade will step into a backup role behind junior Miles Sanders.

Slade (5'9/201) had a test run backing up Sanders against Illinois on Friday, as Allen did not travel with the team for that contest. The four-star freshman sparked nicely in that spot, rushing for 94 yards and a pair of touchdowns, one of which went for 61 yards. Slade's next test will be significantly more difficult, as he'll be helping to play host against Ohio State.
Sep 25 - 2:59 PM

Penn State redshirt senior RB Mark Allen (undisclosed) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Allen (5'6/184) did not travel with the team for this past Friday's date with the Illini due to his undisclosed injury concern. He had been working as backup to Miles Sanders prior to the recent injury, having rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. Ricky Slade will now slide into the No. 2 role in this offense. He'll try to make his mark against Ohio State on Saturday.
Sep 25 - 2:50 PM


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