Shedding nickname, Sickels ready to seize opportunity

UNIVERSITY PARK — Garrett Sickels figured it was time to shed his nickname. And add some muscle at the same time.

The Penn State junior defensive end used to eat any and everything he wanted. And speaking recently, he said that he “left some stuff” on the field last season, when he was just a half-second away from being the disruptive force that oftentimes his teammates were.

After spring ball, Sickels knew it was time for a change.

New season. New approach. And new physical build.

‘Very happy in Happy Valley:’ Assistant coaches settled at Penn State

Between signing contract extensions, receiving promotions, and joining the Penn State football staff, the assistant coaches are collectively saying that Happy Valley is starting to truly feel like home.

Media Day Observations

Walking on the field at Beaver Stadium is always a cool experience, whether it’s in the moments after a game, finishing the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run, or during the football team’s annual media day. This last example is doubly noteworthy since it arrives in August, when it starts to feel like football season.

 Here are 10 takeaways from media day, including James Franklin’s press conference:

 Anything is possible

The Hackenberg Legacy: Resiliency, Superstars and Beef Jerky

"It’s hard to say what Hackenberg meant to Penn State. His most important contribution may have come before he even put on a white, blue-striped helmet."

The first time I ever sat down for a one-on-one interview with Christian Hackenberg, we talked about golf, hunting, beef jerky and Brett Favre.

They were a few of the former Penn State quarterback’s favorite things. The first two, he used as an escape from football – the passion and pastime that often dominated his thoughts and feelings so much so that he had trouble focusing on other things early in his career.

The Story Behind WE ARE

The Story Behind WE ARE
ESPN's 30 for 30 Shorts Examines the Story Behind our Famous Battle Cry

"It's a definitive term... letting the world know that this is it."
Do you know the story behind "WE ARE"? Hear Wally Triplett's story of how it became our catchphrase, and about how the statue declaring it to the world came into being. See the it here!

In Thoughts and Actions, Success With Honor Helps Fuel Lift For Life

There are plenty of ways that the Penn State football team embodies the Success With Honor mantra year-round. From volunteering in the community to excelling in the classroom, there are plenty of ways to see the Nittany Lions’ impact.

Blue-White Weekend Date Set with Parking Changes

Mark your calendars for April 22, 2017! That's the date that Penn State has set for Blue-White weekend, a date that has emerged as a harbinger of spring, an unofficial spring reunion, and the celebration of a new year of football.



New Numbers for Some Nittany Lions

Some Penn State football players will be wearing different jersey numbers this fall.


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