Today’s Penn State football news is headlined by a win total projection and NFL Draft rankings. College Football News has made record predictions for every FBS team, and it pegs the Lions for a 9-3 regular season in 2020 before spring practice even begins.
It’s worth noting that head coach James Franklin’s team outperformed CFN’s pick last year, as it listed the Lions for a nine-win season in 2019, but Penn State went on to earn 10 victories by the end of November and finished the year with a Cotton Bowl triumph over Memphis for win No. 11. Elsewhere, NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has updated his prospect rundown for the NFL Draft now that the Combine is complete, and a former PSU player moved up. Lions247 has additional details.
Penn State product Yetur Gross-Matos is among the most notable risers in these rankings, ascending seven spots to No. 31, the outlet’s Tyler Donahue writes. Checking in at the Combine 6-foot-5, 266 pounds, he boasted the widest wingspan of any edge rusher in attendance and posted some explosive testing numbers while working his way through team interviews.
Receiver KJ Hamler dropped out of Jeremiah’s top-50, however, likely because a reported hamstring injury limited what he was able to do two weeks ago in Indianapolis. He is expected to run at Penn State’s Pro Day next week, however.
In other news, college football attendance was down again nationwide in 2019, and CBS Sports examines why that might be the case. Returning All-American tight end Pat Freiermuth is shedding comparisons entering his junior season, Blue-White Illustrated says, and Black Shoe Diaries has a recruiting update.