Welcome to April- the month where we get a short reprieve from the long offseason and enjoy some actual football in Beaver Stadium. It also means that the internet will be full of fake stories (well, even more than usual, at least) to try to catch you off guard. Well, we’re not going to do that to you this time around. Instead, let’s go the other way and look at some cold, hard facts about our beloved Nittany Lions:
Penn State Wrestling just claimed yet another national championship- the third in a row for the program, and seven of the last eight. Can you say “dynasty”??
Speaking of wrestling, Zain Retherford just won his second straight Hodge Trophy- basically the Heisman of NCAA wrestling.
Penn State Basketball won 26 games and brought home the NIT Championship.
They also beat Ohio State three times in three tries.
Penn State Football has won 11 games in consecutive years, finishing in the top eight in the AP Poll both seasons.
Penn State absolutely owned the NFL Combine.
Penn State beat Iowa on the last play of the game, nearly giving thousands of Nittany Lions faithful a massive heart attack.
Fact- this is a great way to spend the next 10 minutes:
Trace McSorley enters the 2018 season as a Heisman candidate. Who would have guessed that when he first committed to Penn State?
McSorley has thrown the most touchdowns in Penn State history with 59. He also has the two best single-seasons in program history in regards to passing yards, and is just 1,059 yards away from breaking the all-time passing mark. He already has the most total yardage in program history with 8,268.
Saquon Barkley broke the school’s all-time rushing touchdowns mark with 43. Here’s the longest one of his career, which happened to come against the nation’s best run defense.
DaeSean Hamilton smashed the all-time receptions record with 214, and also owns the schools record for most receptions in a game, when he caught 14 against Ohio State as a redshirt freshman in 2014.
Earlier this year, James Franklin inked perhaps the best overall recruiting class in program history.
Oh yeah, and Penn State crushed Michigan 42-13.