Penn State eagerly awaits initial AP rankings, assessing Saquon Barkley’s run at 2,000, and more

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AP rankings ahoy

On Sunday, Penn State held its picture day and named five more captains, swelling that number to eight.

Mark Brennan of was among those offering a look at picture day, and Kevin Cunningham of Land of 10 was among those making note of the new captains, including wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton.

Andrew Rubin of the Daily Collegian writes about the release of the season’s first Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday, and the Nittany Lions’ near-certain inclusion in the top 10. But he cautions about the uncertainty of college football rankings, given graduation losses, injuries, the disparity in player development, etc.

2K for ‘Say Say’ (i.e., Saquon Barkley)?

David Jones of explores the possibility of Saquon Barkley rushing for 2,000 yards this season, and while acknowledging the injury risk, concludes it’s not out of the question given Barkley’s skill set, the improvement of the offensive line and the threat of the Trace McSorley-led passing game. The nearest analogue to Barkley, Jones writes, is one-time Texas star Ricky Williams, who ran for 1,893 yards in 1997.

Contract assessment

Rich Scarcella of the Reading Eagle/Times examines James Franklin’s new contract, and recalls something Franklin told him in an exclusive interview in June: “I can’t be Joe (Paterno) and I can’t be Billy (O’Brien). I just gotta be me. I have to be the best me. I can’t be somebody else. Because I look different and I talk different and I approach things different, people in their minds have a picture in general of what a college football coach is. Then on top of that, you have that for Penn State. I don’t think I am that vision, so (some) people have to kind of work through that.”

Ally McHugh earns silver

The Centre Daily Times reported that Penn State swimmer Ally McHugh earned a silver in the 400-meter individual medley at the World University Games in Taipei, while former Lions swimmer Shane Ryan was part of Ireland’s 400 freestyle relay team, which finished seventh in a national-record time of 3:19.39.

Schedule examination

Andrew Callahan of Lions247 believes there is much to learn from the men’s basketball team’s early tests against Iowa and Wisconsin, and that Penn State’s postseason chances will likely hinge on its in-conference success, given the Lions’ light nonconference road schedule.

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