Robinson embraces role, maintains motivation

Increased confidence. More familiarity with the offense. Better able to recognize defenses and anticipate blitzes.

This is the 2017 version of Andre Robinson, a redshirt sophomore running back for the Penn State football team who started to come into his own last year.

After this year’s Blue-White game —  during which Robinson caught a touchdown — running backs coach Charles Huff described Robinson as an efficient runner, a characterization that Huff said has roots in Robinson’s high school days.

What's new at Beaver Stadium in 2017?

Hello, old friend.

Are you one of the 100,000-plus fans headed to Beaver Stadium on Saturday when the No. 6 Nittany Lions take on Akron at noon? If you are, there are some new things to be on the lookout for.

Here they are, in no specific order.

New entry lanes – According to a press release on, Penn State has added 31 new entry lanes to Beaver Stadium and relocated or removed obstructions near Gate A.

Penn State Predictions: Akron, Akron, Akron ...

It’s finally here. Week One of the college football season has arrived. In Happy Valley, it will kick off at noon Saturday when Akron visits Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions are primed and ready for another run at a Big Ten Championship. Sure, there will be some bodies to replace, but nothing James Franklin and his staff can’t handle.

Each and every week, the staff at will predict the outcome of that week’s game. This week’s game is truly a no-brainer, but here’s what our staff had to say:

What you need to know: Akron at Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK — Each week, we’ll tell you what to expect, what to keep an eye on, and when and where you can catch the Nittany Lions on fall Saturdays this season.

Game details: vs. Akron, noon kickoff, broadcast on ABC

Records: Penn State (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten), Akron (0-0, 0-0 MAC)

Venue: Beaver Stadium, where Penn State boasts an all-time record of 278-72. The Nittany Lions finished last season 7-0 and have won 13 of their last 14 at home.

What to look forward to at Beaver Stadium in 2017

Penn State has owned its home turf over the past few years, winning 13 of the last 14 games at Beaver Stadium, including a perfect 7-0 mark last season. Here’s a rundown of what fans can look forward to at Beaver Stadium this season:

Walking through the Beaver Stadium tunnel: What makes it special?

UNIVERSITY PARK — Jason Cabinda and Mike Gesicki both called it “indescribable.”

Nick Scott paused, and then gave a tremendously insightful answer while showing perspective beyond his years.

Miles Sanders said he could feel the ground shake.

Other players simply smile when thinking about what that moment is like.

PSU stars share memories of football and food

"Grilled stickies are something unique to Penn State. You can’t find them anywhere else quite like they do it there." –  Paul Posluszny

If you win games and play hard, you’ll always be remembered by the legions of Nittany Lions fans across the country. But when the stars of the Nittany Lions are not on the field or in the weight room, they like to frequent all of the same places across Happy Valley that we all know and love.

Five questions with Jason Cabinda

UNIVERSITY PARK — Jason Cabinda is well aware of how important this upcoming season is, not just for Penn State football, but also for himself.

The senior captain and defensive leader occupies the middle of the Nittany Lions’ front seven as mike linebacker. He’s taken on a more front-facing role this offseason, co-hosting the football team’s signing day coverage earlier this year, displaying plenty of charisma and savvy on-camera presence during the team’s live stream.

Stripe Out, White Out: All the game themes

It’s been a long time since an upcoming Penn State football season has been as hyped as this one, so classic themed games like the White Out and Homecoming are bound to be even more fun than usual. But they’re not the only ones — all seven home games of the 2017 season will feature a special theme, promotion or celebration. Check all of them out and start planning for your games!

Sept. 2 vs. Akron: Home Opener | Youth Sports/Spirit Day

Savor this season: Guys this fun to watch don't come around often

You cover enough football, you stay in enough Midwest towns where all the hotels start to feel like the next. The travel can wear on you sometimes — and when your destination is Champagne, Illinois to watch one ho-hum-at-best team take on one that’s lackluster on its best day, it can be forgettable. Especially when big-time teams are playing elsewhere in the country, probably where the weather’s at least slightly better, too.


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