Penn State football has nation’s 9th-toughest schedule in 2017; young Lions are turning heads, and more
Gallery: Penn State spring practice April 12, 2017
Today’s Penn State football news headlines feature a list of five players who are turning heads this spring and a ranking of the nation’s most difficult schedules in 2017.
Several young Nittany Lions have made headlines this spring with standout play, from wide receiver Juwan Johnson to cornerback Lamont Wade and tight end Jonathan Holland. The young players offer hope for even more firepower for a veteran Penn State team that returns 18 starters from last season’s Big Ten championship group.
Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Call has a good list of five spring standouts and what’s being said about them.
Penn State checks in at No. 9 in an Athlon Sports ranking of the nation’s toughest schedules, just behind Big Ten East foes Maryland (No. 1), Michigan (No. 3) and Ohio State (No. 8). The challenges come both in conference and out, according to Athlon writer Kyle Kensing, who writes:
We should learn within the first month if 2016 Big Ten champion Penn State is ready to compete for its first national championship in 30 years. James Franklin embarks on a surprising, breakout campaign with his best roster yet, and it will be challenged right out of the gate with games against Pitt and at Iowa in September. The first game of October takes the Nittany Lions to Northwestern, as well. The back half isn’t much easier: Michigan and Nebraska are home dates, but Penn State must travel to Ohio State and Michigan State in consecutive weekends.
In other Penn State football news, James Franklin declines to address the status of injured cornerback John Reid. Franklin also explains his classroom “incident,” and the Lions secondary strives for more turnovers.
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Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup: