As PennLive examines, Penn State was installed as having the third-best odds to win the Big Ten in 2017, according to Las Vegas oddsmaker CG Technology. The Lions check in with 13/5 odds to repeat as conference champs, tied with Wisconsin for third-best in the conference. Ohio State leads the way at 9/5, but the head-scratcher is Michigan at 12/5 in second place. Michigan lost a ton of talent after this past season, and will be a very young (albeit talented) team in 2017.
Speaking of wagers, Saquon Barkley is looking to get himself a free dinner at the end of next season - by amassing more yards than Ohio State’s Mike Weber and LSU’s Derrius Guice over the course of the season. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out, as the NCAA has a strong no-gambling policy. Still, it’s nice to see these young men having a little bit of fun with each other, especially when two of the three play for division rivals.
Christian Hackenberg has not had the warmest of receptions with the New York Jets, but he has at least one person in his corner - former Jets quarterback Joe Namath. Not specifying any particular reason, Broadway Joe cited Hackenberg as the quarterback he most wants to see win the starting job in 2017. Christian will be up against Josh McCown and Bryce Petty for the starting gig.
On the lacrosse pitch, the No. 5 WLAX team had five players named to the All-Big Ten Team. Steph Lazo - the leading scorer in the Big Ten - was one of just six unanimous selections. She is joined by Abby Smucker, Natalie Schmitt, Katie O’Donnell, and Madison Carter. All told, Penn State comprises 25% of the 20-member team.
247 takes another look at 5 questions for Penn State’s spring practices. They dub Juwan Johnson as the most likely receiver to step into Chris Godwin’s shoes, and for Koa Farmer to hang onto his starting role in the linebacking corps. Their selection for starting strong safety may raise a few eyebrows however.
Lastly, with the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, BWI gives some insight into how each of the Lions who signed with a team may fit into their new digs. As the only player drafted, Chris Godwin has a fairly rosy setup waiting for him as the likely No. 3 receiver on the field. Several of the UDFA, however, are going to have to earn their roster spots. Ty Yazijuan will be trying out for the Lions at long snapper, but appears to have an uphill battle waiting for him.
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