Monday, August 3, 2015

Lions' Sam Ficken, Donovan Smith, accept NFL Combine invites

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 11:30 AM
Two Penn State players, kicker Sam Ficken and offensive tackle Donovan Smith, confirmed on Twitter that they have accepted invitations to next month’s NFL Combine. “Blessed to say I have accepted an invitation to the NFL Combine! Thanks to so many that have helped me get to this point... Read more

Penn State gets commitment from Western Pa. tight end

Monday, January 26, 2015, 7:34 PM
Nick Bowers of Kittanning High School, rated the top tight end in Pennsylvania by, announced Monday on Twitter that he had flipped his commitment from Pittsburgh to Penn State. Bowers visited Happy Valley last weekend when the Nittany Lions hosted a number of visits and made his decision... Read more

Penn State gains commitment from Phila defensive end

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 6:43 PM
George Washington's Shareef Miller, a hard-charging defensive end with a quick first step, committed Sunday to play at Penn State while on an official visit to State College. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound senior, a three-star recruit according to, chose the Nittany Lions over runner-up Pittsburgh... Read more

Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes to play in Senior Bowl

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 3:11 PM
Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes, a former Northeast High School star, has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, becoming the fourth Nittany Lion to participate in the annual all-star game, a spokesman for the football program said Wednesday. Barnes, who announced on Dec. 30 that... Read more

Penn State announces backup quarterback D.J. Crook is transferring

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 7:54 PM
The football program announced that redshirt freshman quarterback D.J. Crook is transferring to Albany. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Crook, a walk-on, played in two games this past season as the Nittany Lions' backup quarterback, completing six of nine passes for 57 yards and a touchdown against Massachusetts... Read more

Smith, Dieffenbach accept invitations to college all-star games

Monday, January 5, 2015, 4:18 PM
The two most experienced offensive linemen on the 2014 Penn State football team have accepted invitations to post-season all-star games. Tackle Donovan Smith, who recently announced he is bypassing his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the 2015 NFL draft, will be the third... Read more

Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes to enter NFL Draft

Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 9:08 PM
Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes, a former Northeast High School star who bounced back this season to earn honorable mention All-Big Ten honors after a disappointing 2013, announced Tuesday night he will enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-4, 249-pound Barnes, who started all 13 games this season... Read more

Penn State tackle Donovan Smith to enter 2015 NFL draft

Monday, December 29, 2014, 1:26 PM
Donovan Smith, the most experienced player on the young Penn State offensive line for much of the 2014 season, announced Monday he has decided to enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Smith, a redshirt junior who started 31 games at left tackle over the last three seasons, will forego his final... Read more

Penn State thanks seniors, looks to future

Sunday, December 28, 2014, 8:09 PM
Much emphasis was placed on the Penn State seniors heading into the Pinstripe Bowl, especially from the Nittany Lions’ first-year coaching staff and underclassmen who wanted to send them out with a victory. And when the game ended Saturday after almost four nail-biting hours with Sam Ficken’s... Read more

Penn State football chat with Joe Juliano

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 2:21 AM
Join Joe Juliano of the Inquirer as he takes your Penn State football questions in a live chat, beginning Tuesday at 11 a.m. Read more
About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

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