We’re still three months separated from Penn State’s 2018 opener with Appalachian State, but it’s not too soon to talk about the Nittany Lions Week 2 matchup with Pitt. The big brother-little brother rivalry has been fueled up in the past two seasons, and with a game under the lights this year, the rivalry can reach new heights.
Andrew Callahan of 247sports detailed how Penn State defense will stack up against Pitt’s offense. While the Panthers have a few weapons at their disposal on offense, the Nittany Lions defense should be strong enough to limit the Panthers’ offense at Heinz Field.
Despite James Franklin’s one-game-at-a-time mentality, the future is looking bright for Penn State beyond even the 2018 season.
Coach Franklin spoke of the recent stretch of recruiting success he and his coaching staff have enjoyed, which has yielded some of the top players in the country for the 2019 class.
The importance of a long-term plan in recruiting may be on full display once again this season. With the departure of Troy Apke, the Nittany Lions will feature a fresh face at strong safety in Garrett Taylor. The Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal detailed how Taylor’s ascension to the starting role parallels both Apke’s and his predecessor Malik Golden’s.
While we’re on the subject of safeties, Adrian Amos has built a strong resume early into his NFL career with the Bears. Bryan Perez of NBC Sports Chicago wrote how Amos is on the verge of becoming one of the superstars at the position.
DaeSean Hamilton is also well on his way to becoming a star in the NFL. The fourth-round pick in this year’s draft has made a strong first impression at the Denver Broncos OTAs. Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Post profiled the Broncos newest wide receiver and his affection for designer eyewear.
Tony Carr also seems ready to make the jump to the pros. After a spectacular sophomore campaign, Carr declared for the NBA Draft just days after the Nittany Lions won their first NIT since 2009. After working out for the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday, Carr spoke of the day’s drills and meeting a Lakers legend.