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All eyes on me
NFL scouts appear in press boxes and college stadiums weekly during the football season. Penn State has not been a stranger to those scouts.
Andrew Callahan of Lions 247 tabulated a list of NFL teams that appeared at a Penn State game over the course of the 2017 season. What’s interesting to note is who didn’t scout the Nittany Lions.
First, the NFL clubs who did not send scouts are the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.
While he notes that perhaps those teams showed up at the Fiesta Bowl, it’s not known. But 28 of 32 NFL teams had representation at a Penn State this season. Plenty of Nittany Lions could hear their names called during the NFL draft.
No Pitt for you
Penn State completed its 2020 football schedule and it’s absent one notable opponent.
The rivalry with in-state rival Pittsburgh is on hold for the time being. But there’s a chance it could rekindle after 2020.
Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record writes the Nittany Lions will face a pair of opponents for the first time in 2020.
Nevada and San Jose State will travel to Beaver Stadium as part of the nonconference schedule in 2020, with a game at Virginia Tech sandwiched in between.
Plenty of notable players have worn the No. 11 for Penn State. At the top of the list, linebacker LaVar Arrington, who swept three major awards his final season at Penn State and went on to have a successful NFL career with the Washington Redskins.
Next on that list? Freshman middle linebacker Micah Parsons, who, as Greg Pickel of Pennlive writes, has struck up a bond with the former All-American Arrington.
“I started getting close with Lavar, we started texted a lot about the mentality I have to have and coming in to playing Penn State football, so he said you can follow the tradition if you want to, so that’s when I contacted Coach Franklin to see if I could wear No. 11,” Parsons said at the Mr. Pa Football banquet on Saturday night.
Arrington has dubbed No. 11 “stick city” and welcomed Parsons to the elite club in a social media post.
Onward State writer Mikey Mandarino compiled a list of the numbers the incoming freshman class will wear. No. 11 isn’t the only notable number a freshman chose.
Speaking of Arrington, he will be back on the sidelines come football season.
Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times writes that Arrington was hired as Pasadena Maranatha’s head football coach on Monday.
Arrington most recently completed a stint as an assistant at California power Long Beach Poly. Maranatha went 6-5 in 2017 and lost in the first round of the Division 9 playoffs. Arrington will replace Steve Bogan who resigned in January.
Lou Prato has forgotten more Penn State football than anyone else will ever know. He is the historian when it comes to the Nittany Lions program.
He wrote the Penn State Football Encyclopedia, he is the Penn State football encyclopedia.
John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times pressed Prato for a few of his historical thoughts and just who he would build a team around from Penn State’s past.
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