Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lions' Austin Johnson is focused on this season, not the NFL draft

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 3:07 PM
Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson has a wish for Saturday’s homecoming game against Indiana. “I just hope it doesn’t rain anymore. That’s all I’m going to say,” Johnson said. “If it rains, it rain. But I’d love it if it didn’t. Just to... Read more

Army attempted only one pass against Penn State

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6:56 PM
Army quarterback A.J. Schurr didn’t throw his first pass against Penn State until midway through the third quarter, but it was a big one – a 32-yard completion to Edgar Poe that set up the Black Knights’ first touchdown. As it turned out, the first pass attempt would also be the... Read more

Last word from Beaver Stadium

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6:56 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The press conference after Saturday's 20-14 win over Army was punctuated by James Franklin's refusal to speak too negatively about his team. But the players and coaches did discuss over things before moving on to focus on next week's opponent, Indiana. Wide receiver Chris Godwin... Read more

Mike Gesicki's 20th birthday marked by first career TD

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6:38 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki rang in his 20th birthday with a sprint into the end zone for his first career touchdown. The milestone came for the Manahawkin, N.J. native in the end of the third quarter when he caught a pass from quarterback Christian Hackenberg. “Just... Read more

Godwin's big catch impresses Hackenberg, Franklin

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6:38 PM
Penn State’s Chris Godwin is becoming a receiver that quarterback Christian Hackenberg can count on to win his battles with opposing defensive backs on deep passes. Godwin brought down a 49-yard pass from Hackenberg against Army cornerback Chris Carnegie in the third quarter, the longest play... Read more

Penn State LB Cabinda comes up with big defensive play

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6:33 PM
For someone who was shifted from outside linebacker to the middle after an injury to Nyeem Wartman-White in the season opener and had to learn his new position in a hurry, Jason Cabinda has responded well. Cabinda, a 6-1, 245-pound sophomore, recorded a career-high 14 tackles in Saturday’s win... Read more

Injuries keep hurting Penn State

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6:19 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State has been plagued with injuries this season. From the season-ending injury of linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White in the season-opener in Philadelphia to last week’s injury of electric freshman running back Saquon Barkley, the Lions have seen an uptick this season. Last... Read more

James Franklin doesn't pay attention to point spreads

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 5:50 PM
STATE COLLEGE, PA. -- Penn State coach James Franklin doesn’t care about point spreads. In fact, he said, he doesn’t even know what they are. Franklin gave a lengthy, impassioned response to his final post-game question, which referenced the four-touchdown point spread going into this... Read more

Penn State rescinds invitation to former board member of Jerry Sandusky's charity

Friday, October 2, 2015, 3:51 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State has rescinded an invitation to a former board member of The Second Mile, Jerry Sandusky's charity that helped at-risk youth. Bruce Heim had been selected to perform the honorary coin toss for Penn State's Military Appreciation Day. The decision to honor Heim at Saturday's... Read more

Army quarterback Schurr prepares the same, starter or not

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:36 PM
If senior quarterback A.J. Schurr is frustrated over his lack of playing time this season with Army West Point, he’s not letting it show, or affect his performance when he does enter the game. With sophomore starter Ahmad Bradshaw getting knocked out of last week’s game against Eastern... Read more
About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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