Penn State Blue-White Wrap Chat, 8 p.m., April 20

The Nittany Lions seem to be pushing out of the spring in good shape.

They survived those 15 practices, including the Blue-White Game, without any significant injuries. (Though we’re still not sure why backup quarterback Trace McSorley was scratched).

Fan-favorite Christian Hackenberg threw well at the Blue-White Game ... when he had time.

Fan-favorite Christian Hackenberg threw well at the Blue-White Game … when he had time.

And the recruiting machine continues to hum steadily along with another commitment and even bigger names on the horizon.

But what did you think of Penn State’s annual spring scrimmage? Christian Hackenberg? His blockers? The linebackers who actually played?

We’ll chat about all of that and more tonight at 8.

To get warmed up, check out my column on finding the next great linebacker at Penn State.

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Penn State spring football chat, 8 p.m., April 13

It’s almost here, the day every Penn State football has been eagerly awaiting …

James Franklin’s second Blue-White Game.

Is redshirt frosh Johnathan Thomas ready for major minutes at tailback this season? We might get a glimpse in Saturday's Blue-White Game.

Is redshirt frosh Johnathan Thomas ready for major minutes at tailback this season? We might get a glimpse in Saturday’s Blue-White Game.

A spring scrimmage always needs a little build-up, right? Anyway, Beaver Stadium should have a pretty good crowd Saturday, so let’s chat about that and everything else Penn State football tonight at 8.

Are the Nittany Lions on the verge of some big recruiting pulls for their 2016 class?

What do you hope to expect from Saturday’s Blue-White Game?

One thing you probably won’t see a lot of is Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson tearing up the offensive line, but that’s OK. And here’s why

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PSU podcast: Blue-White Game preview

We have a new studio, tried out some new sound FX and we tried to shed some light on all the intrigue surrounding PSU football this spring. See what Frank Bodani and Jim Seip will be looking for at the Blue-White Game.

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New Penn State sports recovery drink: It’s all about the macronutrients

I never came across a Penn State football player using the term “macronutrients” during an interview.

Though I’m sure math genius John Urschel could have.

But now there’s linebacker Ben Kline, the Dallastown native and team leader with his feel-good story of rallying from multiple injuries.

Kline is a top student and finance major in the Smeal College of Business. And, so, maybe the perfect go-to guy for a quote in a university-produced story about a sports recovery drink innovation.

When you need to promote a sports recovery drink, go to Dallastown's Ben Kline (38).

When you need to promote a sports recovery drink, go to Dallastown’s Ben Kline (38).

Penn State professor Pete Bordi has created a “breakthrough” nutrition drink in combination with the university’s iconic Berkey Creamery. This chocolate milk version apparently has been tested by the football team with Kline acting as spokesman.

But did the linebacker really use the term, “macronutrients?” in his prepared quote? Then again, Kline does possess a brilliant, quirky sense of humor, so he quite possibly could have pulled it off …

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Buy some “used” Penn State sports gear before Blue-White

You can buy a piece of Penn State football — and gear from plenty of other teams, too — while you’re in town for the Blue-White Game.

Can you snag some gear worn by Christian Hackenberg before the Blue-White Game? Maybe you can.

Can you snag some gear worn by Christian Hackenberg before the Blue-White Game? Maybe you can.

The university will be selling “game-worn and team-issued equipment” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pegula Ice Arena on April 18.

Select gear will be available from the following teams: football, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country/track & field, field hockey, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, softball and tennis.

Fans wishing to shop the equipment sale can enter Pegula Ice Arena through Gate A. Both cash and credit cards will be accepted. Fans should allow time to return bags of purchased items to their vehicles prior to the Blue-White Game as the university’s bag policy will be followed that day in Beaver Stadium.

The game begins at 4 p.m.

More information on the bag policy can be found here. As in previous years, there will be no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White Game.

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Dallastown’s Ben Kline named to Penn State “Leadership Council”

Ben Kline earned yet another leadership honor as he continues his Penn State comeback.

The senior linebacker from Dallastown is one of 25 Nittany Lions named to the “Leadership Council,” which serves as “the voice for the team.”

The council is made up of 13 seniors, five juniors, five sophomores and two freshmen.

Dallastown's Ben Kline expects to be a top leader on and off the field for coach James Franklin this season.

Dallastown’s Ben Kline expects to be a top leader on and off the field for coach James Franklin this season.

“The Council gives the team a strong voice and an opportunity to positively influence change within the program,” coach James Franklin said in a prepared statement. “This is a group of guys who bring a variety of different views to the table. We value their opinions and trust they will drive our program’s culture and core values.”

Kline is the president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter, which is in charge of the annual “Lift for Life” campaign that raises money to fight kidney cancer.

He is an honor student and also a leading candidate for team captain.

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Penn State football chat, 8 p.m., April 6

The Big Ten is aiming for its second national title in three months tonight.

So how about we warm you up by chatting Penn State football at 8 …

Protecting Christian Hackenberg is still top priority at Penn State this spring.

Protecting Christian Hackenberg is still top priority at Penn State this spring.

We’ll hit on everything Nittany Lions, particularly the offensive line and other key spots with the countdown on for the Blue-White Game on April 18.

Of course, recruiting is a huge factor with James Franklin and his coaching staff moving into their second season at Penn State. What are you looking for most from them?

And I still think the offensive line will be the Lions’ biggest problem in 2015 (Must keep Christian Hackenberg healthy). Do you agree?

Anyway, it’s Penn State football at 8, followed by the Wisconsin Badgers gunning for an NCAA basketball title over Duke.

A pretty good lineup for a Monday, huh?

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PSU podcast: Lions’ biggest suprises and busts

After a request from a listener to the podcast, Frank Bodani opted to list his biggest surprises and busts at Penn State since he’s been covering the team.

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Franklin, Penn State pushing for Blue-White Game record

It’s been six years since the Blue-White Game set an attendance record in Beaver Stadium.

Could a later start time and even more fan-friendly events help put Penn State over the top on April 18?

The annual scrimmage that signals the end of spring practice drew an estimated 76,500 non-paying fans on a summer-like afternoon in 2009. Now, head coach James Franklin has pushed back the game time (4 p.m.) and has added a “family fun zone” in Holuba Hall (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

James Franklin will meet-and-greet Penn State fans before the Blue-White Game on April 18.

James Franklin will meet-and-greet Penn State fans before the Blue-White Game on April 18.

Last year, 72,000 fans showed up for Franklin’s spring debut on another warm, dry day — the second-largest spring game crowd in the nation, behind only Alabama.

As always, this year’s Blue-White Game has no admission or parking fee. The overnight RV lot will open at 8 a.m. on April 17 ($60, cash only) with Beaver Stadium lots opening at 8 a.m. on game day. Stadium gates A and B will open at 1 p.m. with all remaining lots opening at 2:30 p.m.

The blue bus with Franklin and his players is scheduled to arrive at 12:45 p.m. at the corner of Curtin and Porter roads. The popular autograph session with the Nittany Lions will be held from 1:15 to 2 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. The players will be permitted to sign one item per person.

Penn State’s football game day fan festival returns on Curtin Road with vendors and interactive events for kids (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

The “Family Fun Zone” is new this year in Holuba Hall. There will be game stations run by Penn State teams, live entertainment, mascot appearances, inflatables, free face painting, food and beverages, merchandise and novelty stations.

The season-opener against Temple is Sept. 5 at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Penn State spring football chat, 8 p.m., March 30

The Nittany Lions continue to grind their way through spring practice.

Meanwhile, James Franklin and company are ramping up the recruiting efforts in building their second full class at Penn State.

How do the Lions replace this guy at safety? We've got some ideas ...

How do the Lions replace this guy at safety? We’ve got some ideas …

What did you miss since last week? What are your biggest questions and concerns heading into a new season?

Chat with me tonight at 8 about that and more Penn State football and the Big Ten.

For starters, check out my podcast with Jim Seip where I break down the best and the “worst” Penn State running backs of the past 21 seasons.

Also, there’s a certain New York Giants coach who is coming back home to York and Adams counties this spring to run a football clinic. And he has some unique ties to Penn State.

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