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  12/02/20 - Sean CliffordrJr/2022, Penn State, 6-1, 217 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is a pretty deep thinker when it comes to his position. But he doesn't necessarily ruminate over the X's and O's of being a signal caller. He's much more profound about it. "One (term) that I've heard used before is your 'flow state,' " Clifford said during a video conference with media Saturday. "I'm actually minoring in psychology, and one thing that we've talked about is when an athlete or anybody really gets in their state of flow. It's definitely a game-changer, and it's fun when you get into that state and you can just kind of play loose. "I feel like I personally haven't been in that. Last year, I was. After a couple of losses this year, I feel like it's been tough to find that, but (Saturday), I just kind of let loose and had fun with my teammates. I felt like I was back to the Sean that I used to be."

On Saturday, Clifford directed his team to its first victory of a disappointing season, 27-17 at Michigan. Clifford made most of his impact on the ground, rushing for 73 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. He also had 163 yards passing with 17 completions on 28 attempts. It wasn't necessarily the biggest win of Clifford's career, which has included victories in two of three bowl games. But it was certainly significant given Penn State's struggles this season. - Tribune Review


(DS#13 QB) rJr/2022 QB Sean CliffordPenn State
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  11/30/20 - Keyvone LeeFr/2024, Penn State, 6-0, 230 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  NOV 30 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Keyvone Lee, Penn State, RB, St. Petersburg, Fla./American Collegiate Academy,...Rushed for a career-high 134 yards in Penn State‚Äôs victory at Michigan...Recorded the most rushing yards by a Penn State freshman since Saquon Barkley's 194 yards at Ohio State in 2015...Opened the scoring with a six-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the game...Collects his first career Freshman of the Week award...Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Jayson Oweh (Oct. 28, 2019). - Big Ten football

(DS#999 RB) Fr/2024 RB Keyvone LeePenn State
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  11/29/20 - Sean CliffordrJr/2022, Penn State, 6-1, 217 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  After being benched early in the second quarter of Penn State's Week 4 loss to Nebraska and then not getting the start against Iowa last week, Clifford was back as the starter Saturday against Michigan. And he played well through most of the contest. The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Ohio native made smart decisions with the football - not turning the ball over in a game for the first time all season. He especially looked good using his legs. With 3:32 left in the first half, Clifford rolled left and looked downfield before taking off and beating a couple Michigan defensive backs on his way to the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown run that put Penn State up 14-7. - Centre Times

(DS#13 QB) rJr/2022 QB Sean CliffordPenn State
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  11/29/20 - Jahan DotsonJr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 182 (DS#12 WR) + More +

  The Nittany Lions came into this season with a huge question mark at wide receiver and plenty of mystery surrounding the position. Through six games, those questions have been answered at the team's talent is no longer a conundrum. Penn State is set at wide receiver for a few seasons thanks to several key weapons on the outside. Junior Jahan Dotson has shown all season that he can be a top talent at the position, but Saturday afternoon it was a true freshman who stepped up. Parker Washington finished the game with a career high 93 receiving yards on nine receptions to set the pace. Those two - if Dotson doesn't enter the NFL Draft - have plenty of talent to carry the position into the future. - Centre Times

(DS#12 WR) Jr/2022 WR Jahan DotsonPenn State
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  11/28/20 - Sean CliffordrJr/2022, Penn State, 6-1, 217 (DS#13 QB) + More +

  Sean Clifford threw for 163 yards and scored one of Penn State's three rushing touchdowns, and the Nittany Lions finally broke their winless skid to start the season, beating Michigan 27-17 on Saturday. Keyvone Lee and Will Levis also ran for TDs, and Penn State (1-5, 1-5 Big Ten) never trailed in this matchup of proud programs that have struggled mightily in this pandemic-shortened season. Hassan Haskins ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan, but the Wolverines (2-4, 2-4) never found much of a consistent rhythm offensively. It was the 899th victory for the Penn State program, and the Nittany Lions had to wait a while for this one. This was the first time they'd started a season 0-5, but three impressive touchdown drives were enough to hold off Michigan. Penn State led 20-17 in the fourth quarter before a 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard scoring run by Levis.

Cade McNamara, who came off the bench to guide Michigan to an overtime win at Rutgers last weekend, was off target for much of this game. He went 12 of 25 for 91 yards. Penn State marched 75 yards in 10 plays on the game's first drive, taking a 7-0 lead on a 6-yard run by Lee. That was about as smooth as it got for either offense, however. Haskins broke free for a 59-yard run later in the first quarter, and he eventually scored from 2 yards out to tie the game. Clifford was shaken up briefly in the first half, but after returning to the game he broke free for a 28-yard touchdown run to put the Nittany Lions back on top. A muffed punt gave Penn State a field goal just before halftime. Michigan closed within three when Haskins scored on a 2-yard run with 13:12 remaining, but the Wolverines couldn't keep Penn State out of the end zone on the ensuing drive. - Penn State/AP College Football


(DS#13 QB) rJr/2022 QB Sean CliffordPenn State
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  11/27/20 - Trent GordonrSo/2023, Penn State, 5-11, 199 (DS#999 FS) + More +

  Penn State redshirt sophomore safety Trent Gordon has entered the transfer portal, Rivals first reported. Gordon, a former three-star recruit in the class of 2018, made the switch from cornerback to safety this offseason. The 5-foot-11, 199-pound Spring, Texas, native played in four games while maintaining his redshirt status in 2018 and played in 10 games last season. - Centre Times

(DS#999 FS) rSo/2023 FS Trent GordonPenn State
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  11/24/20 - Jahan DotsonJr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 182 (DS#12 WR) + More +

  Even with an otherwise dismal performance by the Penn State offense, junior receiver Jahan Dotson had another monster game. Dotson finished the contest against the Hawkeyes with eight catches for 139 yards and a touchdown. It marked his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. Dotson is now up to 527 receiving yards and six touchdowns through the Nittany Lions' first five games. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Nazareth native caught a touchdown late in the third quarter versus Iowa. With 18 seconds left in the third quarter, Clifford - the benched former starting quarterback - checked back in the contest for Levis.

Clifford pump-faked before launching a bomb downfield to hit a streaking Dotson between two Hawkeyes defensive backs for a 68-yard touchdown. Dotson bounced back from his 27-yard, two-reception game in last weekend's loss to Nebraska. Before that contest, the redshirt junior had posted games of 100-plus receiving yards against Ohio State (144 receiving yards on eight catches) and Maryland (123 receiving yards on nine catches). With yet another huge game, Dotson is doing his part in trying to turn around the 0-5 Nittany Lions' season. "We just gotta have our heads up and just move on," Dotson said. "Just win the week. Win the day. And win the moment. Whatever moment you're in, win that moment. We gotta start doing things with a winner's mentality." - Centre Times


(DS#12 WR) Jr/2022 WR Jahan DotsonPenn State
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  11/11/20 - Journey BrownrJr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 215 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Penn State running back Journey Brown says he has a heart condition that is forcing him to give up football. Brown posted Wednesday night on Twitter that he has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that causes heart muscle to become abnormally thick and can make it more difficult to pump blood. Penn State coach James Franklin told reporters Brown's condition was not COVID-19 related, but it was discovered in September during "a routine COVID test." "It's heartbreaking," Franklin told reporters. Neither Penn State nor Brown have indicated whether he tested positive for COVID-19, but the Big Ten requires cardiac screening and testing of those athletes who do before they can return to competition. Brown was Penn State's leading rusher in 2019 and was expected to be one of the best backs in the country in 2020. He ended last season with a career game, running for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in a victory over Memphis in the Cotton Bowl. - AP College Football

(DS#999 RB) rJr/2022 RB Journey BrownPenn State
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  Two players who were expected to see the field a decent amount this season for Penn State haven't played any snaps so far through two games. Redshirt junior receiver Cam Sullivan-Brown - listed as a starter in the Nittany Lions' Week 1 and Week 2 depth chart - hasn't played yet. Sophomore cornerback Keaton Ellis has been behind redshirt freshman cornerback Joey Porter Jr. on all three of Penn State's depth charts, but he hasn't played a single down either. Sullivan-Brown had eight catches for 56 yards in 2019. The 6-foot, 191-pound receiver was expected to take a step forward this season for a receiving corps that didn't return much talent from last year. Without Sullivan-Brown, the Nittany Lions have turned to freshmen receivers Parker Washington and KeAndre Lambert-Smith. Penn State's depth chart this week lists Lambert-Smith as a starter over Sullivan-Brown. "He had some things going on that weren't gonna allow him to play the way he wants to play and that we know he's capable of playing," Franklin said of Sullivan-Brown. "So he's available, but KeAndre is a guy that we saw do some really good things during camp but was still a true freshman." - Centre Times

(DS#79 WR) rJr/2022 WR Cam Sullivan-BrownPenn State
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  11/05/20 - Jahan DotsonJr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 182 (DS#12 WR) + More +

  Leading up to the matchup versus Ohio State, there were questions about whether Dotson could be a solid No. 1 option at receiver for Clifford. If there were any doubts, the 5-foot-11, 182-pound Nazareth native put them to bed after his performance Saturday night. Dotson finished with eight catches for 144 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He was one of the sole reasons the Nittany Lions had a chance late in the contest. - Centre Times

(DS#12 WR) Jr/2022 WR Jahan DotsonPenn State
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  A Penn State football player was accused Monday of having a bag of marijuana and a bong in his on-campus apartment. The filing is the second set of pot charges filed against freshman cornerback Joseph Johnson III, 19, since September. The university's athletics department is aware of the charges, a spokesperson wrote in a statement. "These alleged actions do not reflect the values and standards of our program and will be addressed," the department said. "We will not comment any further as this is an ongoing legal matter." University police officers responded Oct. 18 to Johnson's apartment after a fire alarm was activated, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed Monday. - Centre Times

(DS#999 CB) Fr/2024 CB Joseph Johnson IIIPenn State
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  11/05/20 - Jaquan BriskerSr/2021, Penn State, 6-1, 210 (DS#4 SS) + More +

  Brisker built his resume last year in his first season at Happy Valley. He played in all 13 games and made 32 tackles (15 solo) and added a pair of interceptions (Iowa, Michigan State) which tied for the team lead. Brisker's interception in the fourth quarter against Iowa helped Penn State top the Hawkeyes, 17-12, and improve to 6-0. The Nittany Lions secured bowl eligibility for the 50th time in program history and went on to post an 11-2 overall record and a 53-39 victory over Memphis in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. For his efforts during the 2019 season, Brisker was selected to the Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten Third Team. "Last year, I would say, it helped me get my feet wet," Brisker said. "Stepping on the field, knowing what it's like to be out there, it helped me know what is going to happen this year. I feel like this year, studying more film, taking better angles to the ball and things like that will help me be a better player." - Tribune Review

(DS#4 SS) Sr/2021 SS Jaquan BriskerPenn State
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  10/28/20 - Pat FreiermuthJr/2022, Penn State, 6-5, 258 (DS#2 TE) + More +

  Almost forgotten Saturday in the disappointment of defeat for Penn State in its season-opening overtime loss to Indiana was a career-defining accolade for redshirt junior tight end Pat Freiermuth. On the Nittany Lions' first drive of the contest, Freiermuth hauled in a 2-yard touchdown from redshirt junior quarterback Sean Clifford. The score put Penn State on the board first, but more significantly, it was Freiermuth's 16th career touchdown catch. It allowed him to break former star tight end Mike Gesicki's record for the most career touchdowns by a tight end in program history. Freiermuth didn't speak about the record hours after the loss on Saturday, but he's since had time to reflect on his accomplishment. Now, the 2019 All-Big Ten selection is out to help the Nittany Lions get back on track as they get set to take on Ohio State on Saturday.

"I'm thankful and appreciative for the whole program and the whole staff who helped me get to this point of being able to break that record," Freiermuth said Tuesday. "It's a great honor to be a record-holder at Penn State in such a great, established program. I'm always going to be blessed to be a part of this program." But head coach James Franklin said he believes Freiermuth would've traded breaking the record for a "different result" on Saturday. "For us, with team success comes individual recognition," Franklin said. "I think that's how our players approach it, and I think that's how the staff approaches it. For us, it's everything we possibly can do to get a win." Freiermuth didn't spend much time basking in the glory of his milestone, either. While he mentioned the record "means the world" to him, he said he still has work to do and wants to put his "head down and grind." - Centre Times


(DS#2 TE) Jr/2022 TE Pat FreiermuthPenn State
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  10/27/20 - Noah CainSo/2023, Penn State, 5-10, 226 (DS#999 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#999 RB) So/2023 RB Noah CainPenn State
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  10/23/20 - Journey BrownrJr/2022, Penn State, 5-11, 215 (DS#999 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#999 RB) rJr/2022 RB Journey BrownPenn State
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