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Sam Ficken, Saquon Barkley, Curt Warner, and more in this week’s links!

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The Kansas City Chiefs have signed fan favorite kicker Sam Ficken after their kicker Cairo Santos suffered a groin injury. Unfortunately for Ficken, it doesn’t look like he’ll be there long, but it will be nice to see him get some playing time in the preseason. Let’s hope Sam can make the most of his time in Kansas City!

Saquon Barkley continues to make national headlines this offseason, as he was named the top running back in college football by NFL analysts Bucky Brooks. Barkley also went on ESPN’s Sports Science to demonstrate what it takes to play football in the elements. He’s faster during heat stress than Zeke Elliott in normal conditions, and nearly as quick in the simulated rain as Derrick Henry in normal conditions. What a marvel.

Legendary Penn State running back and former Seahawk Curt Warner took a moment to talk to a Seattle TV station share his struggles with raising twin boys with autism. As someone who spent five summers working in a Life Skills classroom and with many students with autism, it is both extremely rewarding and challenging, so one can only imagine how much the parents must go through. Kudos to Curt for sharing his story, which hopefully will help other families in similar circumstances to know that it gets better the more than the children (and the families) learn.

Sports Illustrated’s preseason rankings are out, and Penn State sits at No. 8. You can make the argument that they belong ahead of Clemson and Oklahoma, but personally, I love when the Nittany Lions are under the radar (as much as they can be given their Big Ten title last year).

Flo Wrestling discusses Penn State wrestling’s options after the departure of Nick Suriano. It will be interesting to see who steps up to fill the void, but I certainly trust Cael and crew to find someone more than adequate.

Finally, Tom Dienhart recaps the five things he learned at Penn State’s fall practice. It’s not surprising given the departures at defensive end that Dienhart is waiting for someone to step up, but those of us in the know (basically most Penn State fans) feel pretty comfortable with Torrance Brown and Shareef Miller. Ryan Buchholtz also had a few nice moments last season, and watch out for Shane Simmons and Yetur Gross-Matos in 2017.