Slimming Down Defensive tackle Robert Windsor had a massively productive 2018, when he finished sixth in the Big Ten in sacks. He still felt lethargic on the field, and decided to trim down for his senior season. What was his secret to weight loss? Giving up beer, as hard as that may be for a Wisconsin boy.
Inside Man Along with Windsor, Jan Johnson is preparing for his last season in Happy Valley after a remarkable journey. Johnson, who finished second on the team in tackles last season, is enjoying the grind as he continues to improve and grow as a leader for the next batch of standouts at Linebacker U.
Lion or Cheetah? If you had to guess the fastest current member of the Nittany Lions, most fans would immediately jump to KJ Hamler. Perhaps Journey Brown or even Jayson Oweh would be the guess for some. Nope. That honor belongs to Drew Hartlaub, a walk-on safety who proved to be a standout on special teams in 2018.
Young and Hungry James Franklin is aware he has a young team that will be breaking in some new starters, especially on offense. But he knows that’s no excuse as Penn State looks to become a program that re-loads and stays in contention on an annual basis.
Start Me Up Bob Flounders did his best to project Penn State’s starting lineup for the week one clash against Idaho. I’m not seeing much at all that I would disagree with, although a couple spots are still clearly up for grabs- most notably at right tackle, safety, and considering a starter has yet to officially be named, quarterback. Speaking of the position battle at safety, Brent Pry gave the latest as Lamont Wade and Jaquan Brisker continue to compete, while Franklin offered his first impressions of Brisker. Pry also sat down for a Q&A with HappyValley.com about his time as the leader of defense.
Rise and Fall Things have gotten ugly for USC, not long after they seemed to be an invincible force during the ‘00s. Perhaps a certain coach can improve things should he come out of retirement...Coming off a Sugar Bowl upset of Georgia, Texas is itching to prove the program is back. This storyline could go up in smoke as quickly as Michigan’s “Revenge Tour” came to a screeching halt in Columbus though, as the Longhorns will need to get past LSU, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Oklahoma just to reach 6-0.
On the Move Lando’s favorite player from the vaunted ‘94 squad, Biletnikoff Award winner Bobby Engram, is adjusting to his new role after being moved from wide receivers coach to tight ends coach for the Ravens.