Six Penn State Nittany Lions were taken in the 2021 NFL Draft, with linebacker Micah Parsons and edge rusher Odafe (Jayson) Oweh going in the first round. Tight end Pat Freiermuth headed to Pittsburgh via the second round, and three other Lions – defensive end Shaka Toney and offensive linemen Michael Menet and Will Fries – going off the board consecutively in the seventh. Penn State (and LION 90.7fm) alumnus Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic joins the show to evaluate the team fit and professional outlook for all six Staters selected.

HOSTED BY: Brandon NobleMike HerrKevin HorneChris Buchignani

GUEST: Sheil Kapadia

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Which Nittany Lions will hear their names called (and when) in the 2021 NFL Draft? ESPN pro football analyst Matt Bowen joins the show to evaluate Penn State’s prospects in the 2021 draft class, including Micah Parsons, Jayson Oweh, Pat Freiermuth, and Shaka Toney. Matt was a four-year letterwinner as a safety at Iowa, earning second-team All America and first-team All Big Ten during his college career. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2000, and his seven-year NFL career also included stints with Green Bay, Washington, and Buffalo. Currently, he serves as an NFL writer and analyst at ESPN, including co-hosting the incomparable NFL Matchup.

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GUEST: Matt Bowen

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Why have one real Blue-White Weekend when you can hold two fake ones instead? Well, for plenty of reasons, of course, but after the last 12 months, you take whatever you can get. After holding an open football scrimmage (or practice or something) for Penn State freshmen a week prior, the Nittany Lions returned to Beaver Stadium for their 15th and final practice of the Spring season and gave University Park’s senior class a send-off under the lights. Intriguing plot lines that emerged during our first peek at the 2021 squad continued to develop, while concerns about the progress of new coordinator Mike Yurcich’s offense may have been at least partially addressed. Chris and Mike the Mailman share their first-hand observations and impressions from their strange, but welcome return to the House that Joe Built.

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After graduating from Penn State in 2013 with a degree in Finance, Rob Lawless began work at the global consulting firm Deloitte, later moving on to start-up venture RJ Metrics. When that company was acquired in 2015, he turned his full attention to meeting 10,000 new people and spending an hour with each of them. To date, Rob has met over 3,500 people from 35 states and 60 different countries, along the way appearing on media outlets like the TODAY Show, On the Air with Ryan Seacrest, and now this dopey podcast. We love highlighting good stories and interesting people from the Nittany Valley, so we hope you enjoy this conversation with Rob, who covers all those bases and then some.

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GUEST: Rob Lawless

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Only freshmen and reporters were allowed inside Beaver Stadium for what turned out to be the first of two Fake Blue-White Saturdays (with the next to follow a week later for seniors), so the guys enlisted the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Penn State football reporter Nubyjas Wilborn to share insights and observations on this first look at the 2021 Nittany Lions. The defensive front seven and heralded freshman Kalen King delivered eye-opening performances, while the quarterback position and – stop us if you’ve heard this one before – offensive line left ample room for improvement. Nubyjas expounds on these and other takeaways from Penn State’s 12th of 15 Spring practices.

Nubyjas Wilborn’s Five Takeaways from Blue-White Weekend: https://www.post-gazette.com/sports/psu/2021/04/17/Penn-State-Nittany-Lions-football-Blue-White-five-takeaways/stories/202104170045

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GUEST: Nubyjas Wilborn

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Fake Blue-White Saturday is upon us, so why not mark the occasion by squeezing the last droplets of #content from a traditionally substance-free weekend that this year is a literal non-event? Great friend of the show Mike Levine, Buchignani’s former student radio broadcast partner on The LION 90.7fm, joins the show to help review key storylines at each position group on offense and defense as Penn State wraps Spring practice. This may come as a surprise, but the conversation ends up in a lengthy digression, this time concerning the long-term numbing effect of the gridiron frustration and disappointment parceled out by the Nittany Lions over the last half-decade. If you want to know what feeling optimistic and bad all at once is like, then listen to this entire episode!

Offensive Line Coach Phil Trautwein’s Media Availability: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfZHkiOc5LY

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GUEST: Mike Levine

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More feeding the #content-starved beast with morsels of news and insight plumbed from the depths of Penn State Spring Football coach and player interviews. Former Nittany Lions offensive lineman Keith “Goon” Conlin (1991-95) of The Lion Country Kia Goon & Ironhead Show sits in with Brandon, Chris, and Mike the Mailman. Discussions cover the importance of returning to “real” Spring football in 2021, the impact of new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, and the (remote?) possibility that PSU’s offensive line might not disappoint this season. Even if you learn nothing, you get an offensive and defensive lineman in the same (virtual) room and the insults fly, so there’s always the entertainment value.

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For The Blogy’s Blue-White Game improvements: https://fortheblogy.com/sunday-column-a-few-ways-to-make-the-blue-white-game-more-colorful/

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Spring football is back in Happy Valley for the first time in nearly two years, and for a program that struggled mightily through 2020 without the benefit of offseason practices, its return has been warmly received by coaches, players, and fans. With James Franklin, several Nittany Lions assistant coaches, and multiple players addressing the media each week, we’ll be sharing some highlights along with commentary on what it all might mean as Old State gears up for a critical Fall. In this episode, we’re talking talent and flexibility at linebacker, transfer portal reinforcements along the front four, and two young siblings with possible stardom in their future. Fair warning: You’ll have to wade through the usual tangents and digressions (all good stuff!) to get there.

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What a mess. For many years now (and several decades prior, really), the NCAA and its member schools have been losing ground in their seemingly-hopeless battle to preserve the concept of “amateurism,” which they view as the basis for college sports. It’s a system that has walled college athletes off from the benefits of skyrocketing revenues. Even as the business of college sports has prospered, many believe the value returned to the athletes hasn’t kept pace. Under the august leadership of odious dunce Mark Emmert, the NCAA can barely offer a coherent defense of its current model, let alone undertake any serious reform of it. And now the latest battleground is the United States Supreme Court. There are no easy answers to be had, and this discussion offers varying perspectives on the matter as college sports stands trial before the highest court in the land. And after that long shot of seriousness, chase it with analysis of former Penn State point guard Jamari Wheeler’s troll game in transferring to Ohio State.

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SI.com’s Penn State reporter Mark Wogenrich returns to the show to talk about the transition from the bad, fake season of 2020 to the critical offseason and Spring practices of 2021. After sharing a few recollections of the bizarre experience of covering Penn State football from an empty Beaver Stadium, he offers observations from Spring football coach and player interviews, early thoughts on the 2021 season, and even some speculation that two Nittany Lions (Micah Parsons and Jayson Oweh) could go in the top 10 of the NFL Draft for the first time since 2000. Mark Wogenrich has covered Penn State football since 1999, beginning at The Allentown Morning Call  and now for Sports Illustrated’s Penn State channel.

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GUEST: Mark Wogenrich

If you missed it, check out Mark’s first guest appearance from last Summer: https://share.transistor.fm/s/322c08cf

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