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VIDEO: James Franklin Addresses THON Crowd

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin took the stage at THON on Sunday afternoon, urging the dancers to continuing working hard in their final push at the 46-hour marathon.  Franklin spoke before a capacity crowd inside the Bryce Jordan Center.  Take a look.

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VIDEO: Football THON 2014 Pep Rally Dance

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Watch several freshman members of the Nittany Lion football team show off their dance moves at the THON 2014 Pep Rally.

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VIDEO: Nittany Lions Host THON Make-A-Wish Event

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - More than 50 members of the Nittany Lion football team welcomed nearly 40 THON Make-A-Wish children and their families to a special tour of the Lasch Football Building on Saturday afternoon.

The Make-A-Wish event is circled on the calendar for the Nittany Lions every year.  The THON families gathered inside the home of Penn State football to take photos, get autographs, tour the facility with the Nittany Lions, eat ice cream from the Penn State Creamery and take a group photo.

Head coach James Franklin greeted the group when it arrived at the facility tour before senior Miles Dieffenbach and sophomore Akeel Lynch led families on tours.  Take a look at the Make-A-Wish event at the Lasch Football Complex on Saturday.

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VIDEO: Football Participates in THON 2014 'No Hair, Don't Care'

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin, members of the staff and several Nittany Lion players showed their support for THON 2014 on Monday evening by participating in the second annual "No Hair, Don't Care" fundraiser in preparation for this weekend's 46-hour Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.

Evolve Studio, located on W. Beaver Ave., opened its doors to students willing to shave their heads to provide support for the Four Diamonds children and their families leading up to THON 2014.  When Coach Franklin and the staff heard about the opportunity to show their support, they immediately signed on for a trim.  Participants donated $10 to get their heads shaved, with all of the proceeds going towards THON.

Joining Franklin in the "No Hair, Don't Care" campaign for THON were special teams coordinator and running backs coach Charles Huff, defensive line coach Sean Spencer, football chief of staff Jemal Griffin, recruiting graduate assistant Bob Snopek and a host of Nittany Lion players.  Take a look.

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VIDEO: Football Winter Conditioning Underway

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With signing day in the books, head coach James Franklin and the coaching staff got their first taste of an early-morning winter workout on Tuesday.

The Nittany Lions commenced their first workout with the coaching staff in attendance at 5:15 a.m. inside Holuba Hall on Tuesday.  A high-energy session from start to finish, the Lions worked through conditioning stations before battling in offense vs. defense, one-on-one competition in the "tire pull".

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VIDEO: Franklin, Nittany Lions Celebrate Class on Signing Day

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Signing Day Central - Complete Bios, Highlights & More

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin and the Penn State staff celebrated the signing of a top-25 recruiting class with the formal announcement of all 25 signees for 2014 in the Lasch Football Building and at 'The Signature Event' in the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday.

9676242.jpeg"It was an exciting day for us, you know, the staff and the team has worked really, really hard at putting this class together, so today was really about celebrating the class and I thought we did a great job of that," said Franklin.

Braving several inches of snow, Franklin walked out of the hotel he is staying in at 5:38 a.m. ready for the signing day festivities to begin.  The entire football staff was inside the Lasch Building before 6:30 a.m. with an eye on the fax machine just outside the back door of Franklin's office.

The fax machine began to ring just after 7 a.m., and linebacker Jason Cabinda had the honor of sending the first approved national letter of intent.  Special teams coordinator and running backs coach Charles Huff emerged from behind a blue curtain, walked to a podium in the Penn State war room and announced the signing of Cabinda to a rousing cheer from more than 60 staff members and supporters.

"With the first pick, from Flemington, New Jersey, linebacker, Jason Cabinda," Huff said at the podium in the front of the war room.

Coach Franklin placed Cabinda's bio magnet on the Penn State Signing Day "Big Board", and the celebration began on an exciting day for Nittany Lion football.

As the 20 faxed letters of intent were approved on Wednesday, each signee had his own announcement.  The announcements often included the signees and their families, who called in via Skype or FaceTime and were then projected on a big screen to watch the festivities.

Franklin and the staff could not have been prouder to make the announcement of all 25 signees (including the five early enrollees already on campus).

"I know how hard this coaching staff has worked as well as the administrative staff and our players as well as hosts and things like that," Franklin said.  "These coaches have not had a day off since June when we started camp, so today is a celebration of all the hard work they have put in."

Representatives from across campus and the football staff participated in the announcement process.  Director of Athletics Dave Joyner, Michael Mauti, Brad "Spider" Caldwell, Steve Jones, the Blue Band, cheerleaders and Nittanyville were among those who made an appearance.  The excitement surrounding the signing day festivities was infectious, and everyone in the room felt like a part of the football family.

The football staff put in a year's worth of recruiting work in a small window of time.  Franklin was hired on Jan. 11, just 25 days before signing day.  His staff was in place in the days following, and the group had no time to breathe as they worked to secure the signing class of 2014.

Moving at a torrid pace across the country with virtually no sleep, the staff secured a talented class ranked in the top 25 by Rivals, Scout, 247 Sports and ESPN.  In the final week of recruiting, alone, Franklin visited New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Arizona, California, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia.  His travels through the topped 8,900 miles in the final six days coaches were permitted to travel under NCAA rules.

Wake up calls on the road are typically at or before 5 a.m., and bedtime is regularly at midnight or later.

That effort is what makes signing day so gratifying for the coaches, and it is why Franklin led a celebration on Wednesday morning in the Lasch Building and with the Penn State fans during the evening inside the Bryce Jordan Center.

The staff will receive a few days off to work on moving their families and belongings to State College before getting back to the grind on Monday.

The Blue-White Game is 65 days away.

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VIDEO: James Franklin Signing Day Interview

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Head coach James Franklin and the Penn State program added 20 student-athlete s to the roster on National Signing Day.  With the addition of the five early enrollees already on campus, the class of 2014 finished at 25 members.

2014 Signing Class Breakdown

Offense vs. Defense
- The class includes 11 defensive players and 14 offensive players.

9672781.jpegBy Position
- Defensive Backs - 6
- Wide Receivers - 4
- Offensive Linemen - 4
- Running Backs - 3
- Defensive Linemen - 3
- Linebackers - 2
- Quarterbacks - 2
- Tight Ends - 1

By State (13 states & 1 from Canada)
- New Jersey - 4
- Pennsylvania - 3
- Virginia - 3
- Alabama - 2
- Delaware - 2
- Georgia - 2
- Maryland - 2
- California - 1
- Florida - 1
- Illinois - 1
- Massachusetts - 1
- North Carolina - 1
- Ohio - 1
- Ontario - 1

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2014 National Signing Day Blog

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Welcome to live, interactive coverage from the Lasch Football Building on National Signing Day.  Today, student-athletes from across the country will sign a national letter of intent to join the Penn State Football family.

Stay tuned with for live coverage from the war room on signing day.


Nittany Lions with Super Bowl Rings

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Former Penn State standouts Jordan Hill and Michael Robinson capped off a dominant playoff run with the Seattle Seahawks by winning Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Former Penn State players have been a part of Super Bowl winning teams in 34 of the 46 NFL Championship games.  In all, 37 different former Nittany Lions account for 54 rings.  Take a look at the complete list.

Former Penn State Players with Super Bowl Rings
9665746.jpegJack Ham (4)
Franco Harris (4)
Matt Millen (4)
Pete Kugler (3)
Chris Bahr (2)
Matt Bahr (2)
Bruce Bannon (2)
Dave Robinson (2)
Kareem McKenzie (2)
Rich Milot (2)
Jay Alford
Ralph Baker
Brad Benson
Andre Collins
Sam Gash
Jeff Hartings
Mike Hartenstine
Kim Herring
Jordan Hill
Tim Johnson
Joe Jurevicious
Jimmy Kennedy
Larry Kubin
Justin Kurpeikis
Ted Kwalick
Shawn Mayer
Sean McHugh
Bob Mrosko
Scott Paxson
Andrew Quarless
Tom Rafferty
Glenn Ressler
Marco Rivera
Michael Robinson
Jim Romano
Dave Rowe
Matt Suhey

54 rings among 37 players

Former Penn State Players on Super Bowl Winning Teams (By Year)
- Dave Robinson (Green Bay)
1968 - Dave Robinson (Green Bay)
1969 - Ralph Baker (New York Jets)
1971 - Glenn Ressler (Baltimore Colts)
1973 - Bruce Bannon (Miami Dolphins)
1974 - Bruce Bannon (Miami Dolphins)
1975 - Jack Ham & Franco Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1976 - Jack Ham & Franco Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1977 - Dave Rowe & Ted Kwalick (Oakland Raiders)
1978 - Tom Rafferty (Dallas Cowboys)
1979 - Jack Ham & Franco Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1980 - Matt Bahr, Jack Ham & Franco Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers)
1981 - Chris Bahr & Matt Millen (Oakland Raiders)
1982 - Pete Kugler (San Francisco 49ers)
1983 - Larry Kubin & Rich Milot (Washington Redskins)
1984 - Chris Bahr, Matt Millen & Jim Romano (Los Angeles Raiders)
1986 - Mike Hartstine & Matt Suhey (Chicago Bears)
1987 - Brad Benson (New York Giants)
1988 - Rich Milot (Washington Redskins)
1989 - Pete Kugler (San Francisco 49ers)
1990 - Pete Kugler & Matt Millen (San Francisco 49ers)
1991 - Matt Bahr & Bob Mrosko (New York Giants)
1992 - Andre Collins, Tim Johnson & Matt Millen (Washington Redskins)
1997 - Marco Rivera (Green Bay Packers)
2001 - Sam Gash & Kim Herring (Baltimore Ravens)
2003 - Joe Jurevicious (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
2004 - Shawn Mayer (New England Patriots)
2005 - Justin Kurpeikis (New England Patriots)
2006 - Jeff Hartings (Pittsburgh Steelers)
2008 - Jay Alford & Kareem McKenzie (New York Giants)
2009 - Sean McHugh & Scott Paxson (Pittsburgh Steelers)
2011 - Andrew Quarless (Green Bay Packers)
2012 - Jimmy Kennedy & Kareem McKenzie (New York Giants)
2014 - Jordan Hill & Michael Robinson (Seattle Seahawks)

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VIDEO: Nittany Lions Begin Winter Strength & Conditioning

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Holuba Hall and the weight room inside the Lasch Football Building have been hubs of activity as the Nittany Lions kicked off 2014 winter conditioning under Director of Performance Enhancement Dwight Galt.

The Nittany Lions are lifting in the weight room during the afternoons on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  On Tuesday and Thursday, the Lions are participating in speed and agility conditioning on the turf inside Holuba Hall at 6 a.m.

"They have made a great first impression," Galt said.  "I'm really looking forward to training these guys and getting them in great shape.  And I think there is really no limit on how they can transfer that to the field and do a great job this season."

Take an inside look at the first day of conditioning and the first lifting session.  The Blue-White Game is 73 days away on April 12.

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