Saquon Barkley now No. 2 on Penn State rushing list; Nittany Lion to join Mascot Hall of Fame


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History on the horizon

Penn State will return home for a much needed date at Beaver Stadium against Rutgers. With that home date, running back Saquon Barkley can add another page to the Nittany Lions history books.

As Bob Flounders of Pennlive points out in his weekly primer, overlooked in the loss to Michigan State was Barkley  passing Curt Warner for second on the Nittany Lions all-time rushing list. Up next is all-time leading rusher Evan Royster. Barkley needs 497 yards to catch Royster.

Whether Barkley will be back for a senior season and potential fourth 1,000-yard rushing season, remains to be seen.

Former TE Kyle Brady talks current Nittany Lions team

An All-American in 1994, Kyle Brady knows what it takes to excel at the tight end position. Brady was a top-10 NFL draft pick the spring following his senior year too.

So what does he think of current tight end Mike Gesicki?

Brady talked to the Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal and loves Gesicki’s potential.

From McGonigal:

He’s a tremendous athlete. He has great body control for a guy his size. I love how he high-points the ball. He’s aggressive in going to get the ball, using his strength and size to his advantage.

As far as Gesicki’s draft potential, WalterFootball ranks him as the fourth best tight end prospect in the country.

A budding rivalry or just another game?

Penn State and Rutgers are no strangers to one other. Prior to the Scarlet Knights joining the Big Ten, the two teams first played each other in 1918.

The Nittany Lions are coming off their largest margin of victory in the series last season, a 39-0 beatdown. They have lost just twice to Rutgers, the last time coming in 1998. So with a 25-2 lead in the series all-time, is this really a rivalry?

Keith Sargeant of examines what has to happen for this series to become a serious rivalry.

Headed to the hall

The Nittany Lion has been Penn State’s mascot since 1904. Finally, the beloved mascot will get his just due as the Nittany Lion will be inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will include three other mascots, and will take place in 2018 in Indiana.

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