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Fansided: Penn State Football: Can Brandon Smith follow up Parsons 2018?
Last year Penn State football witnessed what a talented true freshman linebacker is capable of in Micah Parsons. He led the team in tackles and forced his way into the linebacker rotation with can't-miss playmaking ability. Parsons made his presence known as an early enrollee in 2018's spring game, tying for the game-high in tackles with eight. The Nittany Lions may have another freshman LB that could do the same this year with Brandon Smith.
Smith followed Parsons' blueprint as an early enrollee in this year's Blue-White Spring Game. He tied for the game-lead in tackles with six.
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Black Shoe Diaries: Only Sam Ficken Until Penn State Football
We are now just 97 days away from the most magical day of the year.
That's right, 97 days away from Penn State kicking off its 2019 football season in Beaver Stadium against Idaho.
As such, we honor the man, the myth, the legend Sam Ficken on this fine day.
Most of you know that Ficken's Penn State career got off to a rather inauspicious start, but that didn't stop him from becoming something of a folk hero by the time he left Happy Valley.
By the time he was a junior, Ficken was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection and he one upped that as a senior, becoming a third-team All-Big Ten member after deposition 24 of 29 field goal attempts between the uprights.
Fansided: Penn State Football: Sophomore linebacker group one of the best
A trio of young superstar Penn State football linebackers move into 2019 set up to leave one of, if not the best legacies at "Linebacker U" of all time. The much-hyped Micah Parsons more than lived up to his name in year one, but he was just one of the three freshmen backers that flashed exciting potential.
Ellis Brooks slid into the linebacker rotation after redshirting his first year on campus, and true freshman Jesse Luketa saw the field some on defense and on special team in year one. This group of upcoming sophomores enters its second years on the field with out-of-this-world production and experience.
Black Shoe Diaries: Yale 21, Penn State 17: It Was Fun While It Lasted.
It wasn't the ending the numerous Penn State fans creating a sea of white (the team declared a "White Out") in Philly's Lincoln Financial Field hoped for. The No. 1 ranked Penn State squad with their top scoring offense in the country had a chance to exact revenge on a Yale team which handed them their only loss of the season, but instead, dug themselves that was ultimately too deep for them to climb out of, despite their valiant efforts.
The first quarter was an epic disaster movie for the Nittany Lions, as Yale led by their faceoff ace TD Ierlan, won faceoff after faceoff, and Yale converted the vast majority of the scoring opportunities into actual goals, thanks to some unusually poor defense from the Lions.
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Black Shoe Diaries: Only Anthony Zettel Days Until Penn State Football 2019
For the past few years, there's been a lot of deserved press surrounding the very good at football and very good human Saquon Barkley. But what if Barkley had had an accident years before, and wasn't able to become the physical specimen that ESPN the magazine documented last year?
Only the weird and talented Anthony Zettel would have been able to pull that off - one year after upending a tree stump in his off time the previous season.
Zettel was a part of the Penn State football team in one of the most tumultuous times in its history, spanning the Paterno, O'Brien, and Franklin years - and laying the foundation of the Nittany Lions' return to prominence.
Fansided: Penn State tabbed as a top defensive unit for 2019 season
it's very early into the offseason, so it's the perfect time for analysts and writers to make their predictions for the upcoming 2019 college football season. in the latest prognostication, Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller feels that Penn State will have one of the best defenses in the nation this year.
According to Miller, the Nittany Lions are ranked as the No. 2 defense for the season.
Penn State features a solid core of returning players on defense, including defensive lineman Yetur Gross-Matos and sophomore linebacker Micah Parsons. Both players enjoyed breakout seasons a year ago and are expected to do big things in 2019.
Fansided: Penn State Football: Three predictions for the 2019 season
Major changes on the Penn State football roster this offseason through the transfer portal, graduation and the NFL Draft means there are a lot of unknowns entering the 2019 season. Many of the players that started during a three-year run that saw the team go a combined 31-9 are gone but plenty of talent is back as well. It offers up a chance to make predictions going into the fall.
The quarterback position stands out the most in terms of upheaval. All-time great Penn State passer Trace McSorley is gone and being replaced by redshirt sophomore Sean Clifford.
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Black Shoe Diaries: Only 100 Days Until Penn State Football
It's that time of year again!
After what has felt like one of the longest off-seasons in a while, Penn State football will be back in a scant 100 days. It'll be a new-look team, with an arguable upgrade at special teams and the Nittany Lions' first new starting quarterback since the Big Ten-winning 2016 season.
With Tommy Stevens now with former PSU offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead in Starkville, MS, this looks to be Sean Clifford's offense to run. And couple that with the most talented Penn State defense in a number of years, it could be a sneaky decent season for the blue and white - and, as in many years, it's the year that everyone's discounting Penn State that they become quite interesting.
Black Shoe Diaries: Bleacher Report Ranks Penn State as #2 Defense in College Football for 2019 Season
On the day that kicks off the 100 days until Penn State Football countdown, Penn State fans have an additional reason to celebrate. Bleacher Report has named Penn State as the second-best defense in all of college football heading into the 2019 season.
The Nittany Lions finished only behind Alabama, who has plenty of talent in the pipeline as always and will now welcome 15 four or five-star recruits on the defensive side of the ball in 2019. Bleacher Report also listed Michigan (#4) and Ohio State (#9) in its top 10. Penn State was also one spot ahead of the defending national champions Clemson.
Fansided: Penn State Football: Johnathan Thomas' story a feel-good one
Transferring is at an all-time high in college football right now. Players looking for a fresh start or more playing time move once, twice even three times across their careers. Before I get too far into this, there are plenty of valid reasons to seek so-called, greener pastures. I'm not condemning anyone in particular for changing places, but there are also plenty of reasons that a player's transfer is for purely selfish, competition-dodging reasons. In this age, Penn State football running back Johnathan Thomas stands out as a player that stuck with his commitment for all five years.
Thomas never started or played key snaps at running back, but the fifth-year player of Massachusetts got to shine at times in 2018.
Fansided: Penn State Football: Keaton Ellis could make an early impact at cornerback
Penn State will have a new look on defense for the 2019 season with several key players moving on from last year's roster. Several players, both new and old, will have a chance to see the field and make an impact for the Nittany Lions. True freshman Keaton Ellis is a talented recruit and will compete for some early playing time.
Amani Oruwariye, a starting cornerback last year, is now in the NFL, so there's an opening at cornerback. Fifth-year senior John Reid is returning in 2019 and will certainly lock down one of the starting positions.
There are a number of guys who could win the second starting job.
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