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  10/27/20 - Noah CainSo/2023, Penn State, 5-10, 226 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  Penn State running back Noah Cain will miss the rest of the season with an injury, another blow to the the 18th-ranked Nittany Lions' backfield as they prepare to face No. 3 Ohio State. Penn State coach James Franklin declined to give specifics of Cain's injury, but the sophomore left Saturday's overtime loss to Indiana early and reportedly was seen on the sideline later with a walking boot on his left leg. The loss of Cain, who ran for 443 yards and eight touchdowns last year, comes about a week after Penn State announced its leading rusher from last season, Journey Brown, could miss this entire season with an unspecified medical condition. With Brown out, Cain was expected to take on a larger role. He had one carry for 3 yards in the season opener against Indiana. Sophomore Devyn Ford ended up being Penn State's lead back against the Hoosiers, carrying 20 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. Ford scored the touchdown Indiana conceded when it was trying to get the ball back in the final two minutes of regulation. - AP College Football

(DS#12 RB) So/2023 RB Noah CainPenn State
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  10/23/20 - Journey BrownrJr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 215 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Less than a month ago, Penn State standout running back Journey Brown was all smiles on a Zoom conference call with reporters during the Nittany Lions' virtual media days. The redshirt junior spoke about his new role as a leader for the team's running backs room and his goals to make even greater strides this season after finishing with 890 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns last year. But since then, a lot has changed. Penn State confirmed Monday night that Brown could potentially miss the 2020 season due to an undisclosed medical condition discovered this offseason. Still, Brown's presence - even if it won't be felt on the field - will be an important part of the Penn State locker room this fall. "His leadership on our team is significant," head coach James Franklin said Tuesday. "His leadership on our team is needed. His energy, he's been phenomenal...We're not losing Journey the man. Journey the man is going to be with us and will always be. We're fortunate because that's the thing that's most important to me - who he is and what he represents for our program." In his three years at Penn State, Brown has been known to have a goofy personality and make his teammates laugh with jokes and pranks. Junior linebacker Jesse Luketa mentioned that none of that has changed. "If you know Journey, you know he's just such a vibrant person," Luketa said. "His energy is infectious. He hasn't lost that at all." - Centre Times

(DS#2 RB) rJr/2022 RB Journey BrownPenn State
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  10/23/20 - Noah CainSo/2023, Penn State, 5-10, 226 (DS#12 RB) + More +

  In 10 games last season, Cain rushed for 443 yards on 84 attempts with eight touchdowns. He also had seven receptions for 52 yards. Ford appeared in 12 games and had 294 rushing yards on 52 attempts with three touchdowns. He also contributed five receptions for 30 yards. "Obviously, I think (running back coach Ja'Juan Seider) has done a really good job of not only recruiting but also developing at that position," Franklin said. "There's an identity and a mentality at that position...We've got a number of guys there whether you're talking about Devyn or whether you talking about, obviously, Noah Cain (who) did so many significant things for us last year." Further down the depth chart are Caziah Holmes and Keyvone Lee. "Then two guys that we're really excited about behind those guys with Caziah and Keyvone. I feel like we've got a really good group there," Franklin said. "Obviously, Keyvone and Caziah haven't done it in a collegiate setting yet. Replacing Brown won't be easy, and it appears it will take a committee to do so. "But we do feel like Noah has the ability to carry the load and feel like Devyn has a chance to do that as well," Franklin said. "We'll see how close those two young guys are ready to play based on how they prepared this week. But you'd love to get them in the game and see how they'll do in that setting. We feel very confident with Noah and feel very confident with Devyn." - Tribune Review

(DS#12 RB) So/2023 RB Noah CainPenn State
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  10/23/20 - Brandon SmithSo/2023, Penn State, 6-2, 244 (DS#4 OLB) + More +

  With Parsons opting out of the season to focus on training for the 2021 NFL Draft, Smith's path to the starting role at Parsons' old strongside linebacker position cleared. The Nittany Lions won't be able to rely on Parsons' freakish athleticism anymore, but it doesn't mean they won't have a blue-chipper to replace him. That, coach James Franklin maintains, is why he's not worried about the state of a linebacking corps that lost all three starters. "We think we're in a good place," Franklin said. "You never want to lose players, but we feel like that's a position of strength."

Penn State will likely surround Smith with veteran Jesse Luketa on the weak side and productive Ellis Brooks in the middle. But the Nittany Lions also have two other five-star recruits, redshirt freshman Lance Dixon and incoming prospect Curtis Jacobs, ready to go. Not to mention, highly regarded youngsters Zuriah Fisher, Charlie Katshir and Tyler Elsdon. But with a 6-foot-3, 244-pounder in Smith, Penn State hopes it can at least minimize the effect of losing Parsons. "The sky's the limit with him," Brooks said. "It's just a matter of focusing on the details. Once he accomplishes that, his game is just going to keep going to another level." - Tribune Review


(DS#4 OLB) So/2023 OLB Brandon SmithPenn State
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  10/19/20 - Journey BrownrJr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 215 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Penn State says running back Journey Brown could miss the season due to a "medical condition." 247 Sports first reported Monday that the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions might be without their leading rusher from 2019. "Journey Brown is being treated for a medical condition discovered during the offseason and will potentially miss the 2020 football season," the school said in a statement. Penn State opens its season Saturday at Indiana. The Nittany Lions already took a significant loss this offseason when All-America linebacker Micah Parsons opted out in August. Brown, a fourth-year junior, had a breakout season last year and emerged from a crowded backfield to become Penn State's top ballcarrier. He ran for 890 yards, 12 touchdowns and 6.8 yards per carry.

In Penn State's Cotton Bowl victory against Memphis, Brown ran 202 yards, a school record for a bowl game. Earlier this month, Brown told reporters he gave some passing consideration to skipping this pandemic-delayed season and concentrating on pursuing a pro career. "You can't come back - you've got four years or five years and you're done. So I'm gonna ride this one out," he said. Sophomores Noah Cain (443 yards and eight touchdowns) and Devyn Ford (294 and three touchdowns) are likely to have bigger roles if Brown does not play. - AP College Football


(DS#2 RB) rJr/2022 RB Journey BrownPenn State
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  10/11/20 - John DunmorerFr/2024, Penn State, 6-0, 190 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Penn State's wide receiver room shrunk by one player Wednesday afternoon. Lions247's Sean Fitz first reported that redshirt freshman wide receiver John Dunmore had withdrawn from Penn State and has been training at home in South Florida for weeks. Fitz's report also stated Dunmore had not entered the NCAA's transfer portal as of Wednesday afternoon. The university confirmed the redshirt freshman was no longer at the school. "John Dunmore has withdrawn from Penn State this semester for personal reasons," a statement from a Penn State spokesperson read. The redshirt freshman came to Penn State in its 2019 recruiting class as a four-star wide receiver and was competing for playing time at the position with nine other wideouts this season. He only appeared in one game last year and did not record any receptions. - Centre Times

(DS#999 WR) rFr/2024 WR John DunmorePenn State
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  10/10/20 - Journey BrownrJr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 215 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Journey Brown is in unfamiliar territory. When the redshirt junior running back first arrived at Penn State in 2017, Saquon Barkley was putting the finishing touches on one of the most exciting careers ever by a Nittany Lion running back. Then, in 2018, it was Miles Sanders who led the Penn State running backs room with an All-Big Ten season. Even last year, Brown wasn't the featured back right away in a crowded rotation. Now, Brown is the oldest member of a position group that is made up of himself, two sophomores and two freshmen. And after bursting onto the scene at the end of 2019 by rushing for 593 yards total in the Nittany Lions' final five games, he knows his younger teammates will look to follow his lead this fall.

"I'm an old head and these young guys kind of look up to me," Brown said last week on a Zoom call with reporters during Penn State's virtual media days. "I got them calling me, texting me, asking me questions and stuff. And for me to be able to answer those questions, I got to know it myself and prepare for it myself." Brown - a former three-star recruit - went from a 44-yard season in 2018 to rushing for 890 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He capped off the year with a 202-yard performance in the Cotton Bowl against Memphis, breaking the Penn State record for most rushing yards in a bowl game. - Centre Times


(DS#2 RB) rJr/2022 RB Journey BrownPenn State
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  10/05/20 - Jesse LuketaJr/2022, Penn State, 6-2, 242 (DS#9 OLB) + More +

  It doesn't matter whether Penn State linebacker Jesse Luketa is in the weight room, the film room or on the field. The same seven words are always running through his mind. How are you going to be remembered? "It's been ingrained into my head," the projected first-year starter said Thursday during an online news conference with reporters. "It doesn't matter if it's our individual periods or competition periods or team periods, it's the same mindset. It keeps me hungry, so I keep that little chip on my shoulder." For now, Luketa realizes he's best remembered as the replacement to Micah Parsons, the Nittany Lions' former weakside linebacker who's a potential top-10 pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

Luketa doesn't much mind the comparisons - "I'm comfortable with it," he added - because that's not what drives him. Sure, Parsons was a potential Heisman candidate. And, yes, defensive coordinator Brent Pry said last year Parsons was among the nation's best. But Luketa isn't trying to be Micah Parsons; with a smile and a buttoned-up Penn State polo, he said he's simply trying to be "among the greats." He's trying to be remembered long after his playing days. "The only thing I'm concerned about moving forward is how people are going to remember Jesse Luketa," he said. "That's what wakes me up day in and day out." - Centre Times


(DS#9 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Jesse LuketaPenn State
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  10/05/20 - Joey Porter Jr.rFr/2024, Penn State, 6-2, 193 (DS#5 CB) + More +

  After appearing in only four games last season, Porter Jr. appears to be in the mix to be one of Penn State's top reserves at cornerback. Tariq Castro-Fields and Keaton Ellis are projected as the starters, and Porter is competing with Marquis Wilson for playing time. The son of Joey Porter, the former Steelers linebacker and coach, Porter Jr. credited a variety of individuals in helping him progress into his second season. "A lot of people helped me," Porter Jr. said. "My father helped me to understand the playbook. The corner room helped me a lot. Castro-Fields, the leader of the corner room, he showed me the ins and outs. (Assistant head coach Terry Smith), (graduate assistant V'Angelo Bentley), they all played a big part helping me understand and know the defense so when I'm out there, I know what I'm doing."

Of course, Porter Jr. has a considerable resource in his father, a Pro Bowler with the Steelers in the 2000s who helped them win Super Bowl XL. "I still watch film with him when I have the time," Porter Jr. said. "I sent him some of my stuff that I like or that I want him to watch. It's been great. He always gives me things that I have to work on on or off the field. It's a plus that some player or some people don't get to have. And I take advantage of that to the extent that I can." - Tribune Review


(DS#5 CB) rFr/2024 CB Joey Porter Jr.Penn State
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  10/01/20 - *Micah ParsonsJr/2021, Penn State, 6-2, 245 (DS#1 OLB) + More +

  Penn State head football coach James Franklin made it official - Micah Parsons has played his last snap as a Nittany Lion. "We had great conversations with Micah and both his mom and dad," Franklin said during Penn State's virtual media day Wednesday afternoon. "I think there was a legitimate possibility for (him coming back) happening. But as we continued to talk and continued to work with it, the timing of it made it challenging...That won't be happening. We understand the decision and - just like we were on the front end - (are) supportive of the decision."

Franklin's confirmation came just hours before news broke out of Minnesota that star wide receiver Rashod Bateman would be returning to play another season with the Golden Gophers, after initially opting out in August. Parsons originally announced his intent to sit out the season at about the same time as Bateman in August, in a video with PennLive. The Big Ten made its initial decision to postpone the fall season a few days later. "I decided I needed to make a choice, not for myself - but my son and those dearest to me," he told PennLive. "While I felt safe with the health and safety standards as we return to Penn State for workouts, the potential risk to the health and well-being of my son far outweighed my urge to play football this season." - Centre Times


(DS#1 OLB) Jr/2021 OLB *Micah ParsonsPenn State
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  09/17/20 - Pat FreiermuthJr/2022, Penn State, 6-5, 258 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  Penn State football will have its star tight end for the 2020 season, after all. Despite reports of the contrary, Pat Freiermuth will play this fall season, he said Wednesday in a quick appearance on the Big Ten Network. The Athletic's Audrey Snyder first reported his decision to play this season. The junior previously made the decision to not play, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Centre Daily Times, after it appeared the season would not begin until November at the earliest. On his BTN appearance, Feiermuth acknowledged having conversations with coach James Franklin about the pros and cons of sticking with the team, but denied ever opting out of the season. "I never opted out. I don't know where those reports came from...I'm just excited to play football again for @PennStateFball." - Centre Times

(DS#2 TE) Jr/2022 TE Pat FreiermuthPenn State
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  09/15/20 - Daequan HardyrFr/2024, Penn State, 5-09, 176 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Four Penn State football players were charged with marijuana possession Monday, pushing the number of Nittany Lions facing pot charges since July to eight. One former Penn State football player was also charged with marijuana possession Monday, making him the second former Nittany Lion to be charged this month. The university's athletics department is aware of the charges against redshirt freshman linebacker Lance Dixon, redshirt freshman cornerback Daequan Hardy, redshirt freshman running back Terry Smith and freshman cornerback Joseph Johnson III, a spokesperson wrote in a statement. "These alleged actions do not reflect the values and standards of our program and will be addressed," the athletics department said. "We will not comment any further as this is an ongoing legal matter." Dixon, Hardy, Smith and Johnson were charged after a university police officer smelled pot coming from the quartet's on-campus apartment in August. An officer found a bag of marijuana in Dixon's room, a "partially smoked marijuana joint" in Hardy's room, three bags of marijuana in Smith's room and two bags of marijuana in Johnson's room, police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause filed Monday. - Centre Times

(DS#999 CB) rFr/2024 CB Daequan HardyPenn State
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  09/12/20 - Pat FreiermuthJr/2022, Penn State, 6-5, 258 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  Penn State football will be without its star tight end whenever it next takes the field. Junior tight end Pat Freiermuth will not return to play when the season begins, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team already lost its star linebacker when Micah Parsons decided to forego his junior season and declare for the 2021 NFL draft amid uncertainty about when the Nittany Lions will take the field again during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Freiermuth, like Parsons, is widely projected to go in the first round of next year's draft. The star tight end accomplished plenty in his two years on the football field at Penn State.

He was a reliable target for former quarterback Trace McSorley and redshirt junior Sean Clifford in one year with each starting quarterback. Freiermuth was a strong and physical blocker who didn't back down from opposing defensive linemen, while displaying astute skills as a pass-catcher and a runner after the catch. He finished his Penn State career with 69 receptions for 875 yards and 15 touchdowns in 26 games played. His 15 touchdown receptions tie him for ninth all-time at Penn State and leaves him tied with Mike Gesicki for most among tight ends in school history. Freiermuth was expected to be Clifford's primary target again this season, had it taken place on schedule. - Centre Times


(DS#2 TE) Jr/2022 TE Pat FreiermuthPenn State
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  09/11/20 - Shaka ToneyrSr/2021, Penn State, 6-3, 252 (DS#5 DE) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Shaka Toney, Penn State,...Tabbed All-Big Ten second team by the coaches in 2019...Named Phil Steele All-Big Ten third team...Made 13 starts in 2019...Tied the Penn State game record with four sacks, all in the fourth quarter, at Indiana (10/20/18)...Equaled the PSU game record set by three others (Terry Killens vs. Indiana, 1995; Jimmy Kennedy at Wisconsin, 2012; Tamba Hali vs. Wisconsin, 2005). - Penn State Football

(DS#5 DE) rSr/2021 DE Shaka ToneyPenn State
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  09/11/20 - Michal MenetrSr/2021, Penn State, 6-3, 305 (DS#3 C) + More +

  2021 SENIOR BOWL WATCH LIST: Michal Menet, Penn State,...Menet was selected All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches and media in 2019...Earned the Dick Maginnis Memorial Award, recognizing an outstanding offensive lineman, at the team's awards banquet...Made 13 starts at center. - Penn State Football

(DS#3 C) rSr/2021 C Michal MenetPenn State
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