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  06/29/22 - Drew SheltonFr/2026, Penn State, 6-4, 290 (DS#17 OG) + More +

  One of Penn State's best players in its 2022 class was an offensive tackle, making this an easy choice. Shelton is long and lean at 6-foot-5, 275 pounds but is a great athlete for a tackle. His frame should allow for him to gain the weight needed to play tackle. That's a good thing, because he may need to add 50 pounds to be able to play in the Big Ten. Shelton could play either tackle position, but his length means he'll likely stick on the left side in the long term, protecting the quarterback's blind side. He's not going to contribute as a freshman - and it's unlikely he even does as a redshirt freshman in 2023 - but Shelton's addition to the program means Penn State has a potential building block on the offensive line in the long run. Those types of players are not easy to find, increasing his value to the team even more. - Centre Times

(DS#17 OG) Fr/2026 OG Drew SheltonPenn State
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  06/25/22 - Brenton StrangerJr/2024, Penn State, 6-3, 250 (DS#8 TE) + More +

  Brenton Strange is entering his fourth year with the program and has become more of an all-around tight end in his time in Happy Valley. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound redshirt junior doesn't have elite size but he puts what he has to good use. He was an improved blocker in the 2021 season, showing the willingness to mix it up in the running game and to chip pass rushers in the passing game. It helps that he was flexed out more often, going in motion on occasion to set him up for success when initiating contact with defenders. That type of H-Back role - where he's in the backfield, the slot and attached as a true tight end - should continue to be beneficial for Strange as a blocker.

It should also help him as a pass catcher, where he can use his speed to create advantages. Strange is a great athlete who has more suddenness than you'd expect for someone with his build. He can create separation in the middle of the field, and has the strength to overpower safeties and slot corners when he's flexed out in the slot. He has an opportunity to become more of a security blanket for redshirt senior starting quarterback Sean Clifford, who lost his primary one when Jahan Dotson left for the NFL. Strange has the build and catching ability to make Clifford feel comfortable throwing to him in a pinch and that should get him more targets closer to the line of scrimmage. But while Strange is the likely starter, it's no guarantee he gets the most reps thanks to the high level of competition behind him. - Centre Times


(DS#8 TE) rJr/2024 TE Brenton StrangePenn State
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  06/23/22 - Mitchell TinsleyrSr/2023, Penn State, 6-0, 203 (DS#45 WR) + More +

  Replacing Dotson will be a group effort but the production necessary to do so will likely come at the top of the depth chart. Both Washington and Lambert-Smith have proven they can contribute at Penn State, while Tinsley was one of the most productive receivers in the country last season at Western Kentucky. While the two returners have the most chemistry with starting quarterback Sean Clifford, Mitchell Tinsley has the type of experience that could lead to him becoming the senior's top option on the outside. He was the second-leading receiver on the Hilltoppers last year with 1,402 yards. Yes, you read that right. Tinsley had nearly 1,500 yards and was second on the team in receiving.

The Western Kentucky offense was one of the most explosive in the country and the new Nittany Lion was a big part of that. He's a strong and physical receiver at 6-foot-1, 203 pounds who attacks the ball at the point of the catch and isn't easy to bring down in the open field. Tinsley, who will wear Dotson's old number - five - for the Nittany Lions, has the physical traits to give Penn State a different type of weapon all over the field. He compares favorably to former Nittany Lion Chris Godwin, and being 80% of the player Godwin was would be a huge win for the program next season. - Centre Times


(DS#45 WR) rSr/2023 WR Mitchell TinsleyPenn State
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  06/22/22 - Joey Porter Jr.rJr/2024, Penn State, 6-2, 192 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  Defensive back Joey Porter, who signed with Penn State in 2019 as the No. 324 prospect nationally and No. 33 cornerback in the 247Sports Composite, is already moving up boards as a potential first-round pick. The 6-foot-2 cornerback has great length for the position and the size to compete with outside receivers in the NFL. He is very solid around the ball and had 51 tackles in 2021, which is impressive for an outside cornerback prospect. - Penn State Football

(DS#2 CB) rJr/2024 CB Joey Porter Jr.Penn State
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  06/14/22 - Sean CliffordrSr/2023, Penn State, 6-1, 219 (DS#16 QB) + More +

  For the second year in a row Sean Clifford is likely to - and should be - the most scrutinized player on Penn State's roster. He's entering his sixth season on campus and fourth as the starting quarterback. The team's play has fluctuated in that time, with its appearance in the Cotton Bowl in his first year as a starter being the high point. Since then the Nittany Lions have generally been worse with certain high points mixed in. Their hot start in 2021 was arguably Clifford's best stretch of play, but in all reality it wasn't drastically different from who he has proven to be in the past.

He received plenty of credit for throwing for more than 400 yards against an inferior opponent like Villanova, but his best game came against Auburn. There were some of the errant passes to the middle of the field that have been part of his game since he became the starter, but Clifford was mostly able to manage a relatively mistake-free game. That's the type of performance he'll need to have consistently in 2022. Not one where he lights the world on fire and carries the offense, but one where he adequately distributes the ball to his playmakers and lets them make things happen in space. Clifford is a good athlete who ran the ball much less last year under offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and that should be the case again this season. - Centre Times


(DS#16 QB) rSr/2023 QB Sean CliffordPenn State
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  06/10/22 - Joey Porter Jr.rJr/2024, Penn State, 6-2, 192 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  Penn State now has an exclusive deal with a company for both physical and digital trading cards. Fanatics Collectibles and Topps, which was recently acquired by Fanatics, announced deals with several universities that include both exclusive and non-exclusive co-branded trading card products, incorporating official university trademarks and featuring current student-athletes and former athletes playing in the NFL, NBA and MLB, according to a release.

Penn State is one of those universities, alongside Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, Texas A&M and others. The deal will take effect between 2023 and 2025. Later this year, Topps will also begin a scaled, non-exclusive program to design, manufacture and distribute trading cards showcasing current college football and basketball student-athletes for those schools and over 100 others. The deal was announced just a day after Penn State head coach James Franklin said the university needs to keep pace with other schools when it comes to NIL. - Centre Times


(DS#2 CB) rJr/2024 CB Joey Porter Jr.Penn State
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  06/10/22 - Hunter NourzadrSr/2023, Penn State, 6-3, 313 (DS#30 OG) + More +

  Two of Penn State's biggest transfer additions have made their way to campus in time for the summer. Demeioun Robinson and Hunter Nourzad have both enrolled and could both play important roles in the season. Nourzad comes in as an offensive lineman best suited to play guard and according to Franklin will be in the competition along the interior. "He is a big, strong, powerful, thick guy," Franklin said. "... I think we've got really good competition at the guard position. I think we've got five guys that will be competing for those two starting jobs." - Centre Times

(DS#30 OG) rSr/2023 OG Hunter NourzadPenn State
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  Former Maryland Terrapins linebacker Demeioun 'Chop' Robinson is officially a member of the Penn State Nittany Lions. On Tuesday, the team announced that they have officially acquired Robinson out of the transfer portal. The former Terrapins linebacker arrived on campus this past week and has already begun working out with the football program for the summer. Excited about joining his new team, Robinson proclaimed the decision the "best decision of my life." As a true freshman at Maryland, Robinson got to touch the field quite often. He recorded 19 total tackles, 12 solos, and two sacks for the season. The six-foot-four, 250-pound Gaithersburg, Md, native will look to make an immediate impact on Penn State's defense for the 2022 season. Before landing with the Terrapins, Robinson was already very much on Penn State's radar. Robinson considered the Nittany Lions as a finalist alongside LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, and Michigan. - On3.com

(DS#999 OLB) So/2025 OLB Demeioun RobinsonPenn State
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  06/07/22 - Paul PoslusznySr/2007, Penn State, 6-2, 238 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  Former Penn State football stars Paul Posluszny, Ki-Jana Carter and D.J. Dozier and ex-Pitt quarterback Matt Cavanaugh and running back Craig "Ironhead" Heyward have joined a group of 218 coaches and players whose names have been placed on the ballot for the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame's Class of 2023. Carter, Dozier and Posluszny have a chance to join 20 former Nittany Lions players, including 2022 inductee LaVar Arrington, as members of the Hall of Fame.

Five Penn State coaches are also past inductees. Cavanaugh and Heyward could become the 25th and 26th Pitt players or coach inducted. Posluszny, a graduate of Hopewell High School, was a first-team All-American outside linebacker at Penn State in 2005 and 2006. He is a two-time winner of the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's top defensive player. In 2005, he won the Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker. - Tribune Review


(DS#1 OLB) Sr/2007 OLB Paul PoslusznyPenn State
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  06/03/22 - Parker WashingtonJr/2024, Penn State, 5-10, 207 (DS#12 WR) + More +

  Penn State announced its theme games for the 2022 football season Wednesday afternoon, including its White Out game. The Nittany Lions will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Oct. 22 in the White Out, in a game that will also serve as homecoming at Beaver Stadium and the yearly "Generations of Greatness" game - featuring Penn State's alternate uniforms. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. for the game. The White Out was one of seven theme games announced by the program in a video on its Twitter account.

One of the other key games announced was the Stripe Out game against Ohio State on Oct. 29. The game against the Buckeyes will be the first with fans at Beaver Stadium that isn't a White Out since 2009 when the program chose Iowa for the yearly game. This year's game against the Buckeyes does not have a scheduled kickoff, but it is not expected to be a night game. - Centre Times


(DS#12 WR) Jr/2024 WR Parker WashingtonPenn State
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  By the time Nov. 20 rolled around, it had been more than two years since Christian Veilleux played in a competitive football game. Veilleux, who last played in 2019 as a high school junior, could feel the gravity of the moment. "It was a little crazy," Veilleux said Wednesday. "I was nervous at first. Then once the nerves left, I remember being back there and being like, it's back to high school days. I'm just playing high school ball...It took about a drive to get the shock out. Then after that I felt like I was back. It really didn't feel like it was two years from when I (last played)." Soon enough, the nerves faded and Veilleux was back in his element.

He would go on to complete 15 of his 24 pass attempts for 235 yards and three touchdowns on his way to leading Penn State football to a 28-0 victory over Rutgers. That game, this spring and soon this fall could be the first glimpse into the Nittany Lions' offensive future - one led by Veilleux and a young crop of offensive weapons. The redshirt freshman quarterback has been a forgotten player of sorts since the season ended. In front of him on the depth chart is Sean Clifford - a redshirt senior who is entering his sixth year with the program and his fourth as a starter. Behind him is Drew Allar - a former five-star recruit who finished the cycle as the No. 1 quarterback in the country according to some rankings. Veilleux is stuck between them, a bridge between the present and the future that is often overlooked by some who would like to connect the end of the Clifford era to the beginning of the Allar era. - Centre Times


(DS#999 QB) rFr/2026 QB Christian VeilleuxPenn State
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  05/29/22 - Joey Porter Jr.rJr/2024, Penn State, 6-2, 192 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  The Big Ten announced three kickoff times for Penn State football Thursday afternoon after the Nittany Lions announced one Wednesday morning. The Nittany Lions will play the Purdue Boilermakers on the road Sept. 1 - a Thursday - at 8 p.m. in their season opener, which will air on Fox. They'll then take on the Ohio Bobcats at noon Sept. 10, which will air on ABC. Their homecoming game - an Oct. 22 matchup with the Minnesota Golden Gophers - will kick off at 7:30 p.m and air on a to be determined network. The three announcements come just over 24 hours after it was announced they'll play the Auburn Tigers at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 17. That game will air on CBS, the first time Penn State has played on the network in 22 years. Those four games are the only ones of the NIttany Lions' 12 that have a scheduled kickoff time. - Centre Times

(DS#2 CB) rJr/2024 CB Joey Porter Jr.Penn State
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  05/29/22 - Zakee WheatleyrFr/2026, Penn State, 6-2, 192 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Zakee Wheatley was a three-sport athlete most of his life. He played basketball, baseball and football until his sophomore year of high school, when he put his baseball glove away for good. Next came the basketball shoes after he graduated high school - although he still plays from time to time for fun with teammates. That leaves just football for Wheatley. "It was hard (to drop basketball)," he said. "But I knew what I needed to do. I knew what I wanted. I knew football was the sport for me. Football was always my first, my real love." For the first time as a high-level athlete he's focused primarily on one sport. And now the Nittany Lion defensive back is primed to take a massive step forward in his second year with Penn State football.

Wheatley spent his first year on campus as a cornerback, where he used his 6-foot-2 frame and athletic talent to stay with wide receivers in practice. Eventually the Penn State staff determined that his abilities would be best used in a more central location and moved him to safety this offseason. The news stung teammate - and classmate - Kalen King, who broke out as a corner last season. "At corner I knew he was gonna be good," King said with a smile. "I was mad when they switched him to safety because I wanted him to stay at corner so we could be on the field at the same time. The coaches wanted better for him and he made the most of his opportunity when he switched to safety. He's a ball hawk." - Centre Times


(DS#999 FS) rFr/2026 FS Zakee WheatleyPenn State
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  05/24/22 - Joey Porter Jr.rJr/2024, Penn State, 6-2, 192 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: JOEY PORTER Jr., CB, Penn State, Jr., 6-2, 196, Bakersfield; All-Big Ten 3rd team; 51 tackles, Father Joey Sr. was a 13-year NFL vet and former coach. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#2 CB) rJr/2024 CB Joey Porter Jr.Penn State
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  The team's top pass rusher is gone with Ebiketie heading to the NFL and the Nittany Lions did well to replace some of the 9.5 sacks he had last season. Robinson is young and talented off the edge with the upside to be a high-level player for Penn State, while Dennis-Sutton has as much potential as any player in the program. Combine their arrivals with the return of Isaac, who tore his achilles and missed the 2021 season, and Penn State should be even better at defensive end this season. - Centre Times

(DS#999 OLB) So/2025 OLB Demeioun RobinsonPenn State
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