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11-2, 2nd in Big Ten - East

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have brought in Penn State running back Saquon Barkley for a pre-draft visit. Previously unreported.

Prospect Profile: Mike Gesicki (0:38)
Prospect Profile: Saquon Barkley (1:07)
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10dAdam Rittenberg

How Penn State dominated pre-draft workouts

We knew Saquon Barkley would test off the charts. But it was surprising that every Nittany Lion who went through the combine jumped off the page.

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QB Stevens elects to remain with Nittany Lions

After exploring his options, Penn State backup quarterback Tommy Stevens has decided to stay with the Nittany Lions. In addition to backing up signal-caller Trace McSorley, Stevens also has been used as a halfback and a wide receiver.

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22dAdam Rittenberg

Meet the Ivy Leaguer leading Penn State's life after Saquon Barkley

Penn State's all-everything RB is off to the NFL. Its creative offensive coordinator is now the head coach at Mississippi State. So it falls to 37-year-old former Cornell QB Ricky Rahne to keep the PSU offense flying.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

A source tells me that Bucs wide receivers coach Skyler Fulton is meeting with Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton today. Fulton was also at Hamilton's pro day yesterday, where Hamilton ran a 4.47 (he did not run at the combine). He has nine scheduled workouts with teams to far.

Big deal that Barkley didn't work out at Pro Day? (1:01)
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30dAdam Rittenberg

Barkley doesn't work out at Penn St. pro day

Saquon Barkley decided he wouldn't work out at Penn State's pro day because there weren't any NFL running backs coaches in attendance.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State coaches like Cam Brown and Koa Farmer at the outside linebacker spots but need someone in the middle to replace Jason Cabinda. There are "a lot of candidates," defensive coordinator Brent Pry said, including three early enrollees. It's unlikely heralded freshman Micah Parsons will play the middle as he's never played linebacker before, but Jesse Luketa and Nick Tarburton could slide in. Redshirt freshman Ellis Brooks is another candidate.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State will get back to rotating its running backs more this season. "I wanted to give our team the best chance to win and I wanted to give Saquon [Barkley] the best chance to win the Heisman," coach James Franklin said, "so I wasn't taking him off the field. ... That caused a lot of issues with our other running backs. That was a struggle for those guys. At the end of the day, everybody kind of understood it, but it's still hard to deal with. Now we're in a situation where those guys are really hungry to show that they could do."

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Saquon Barkley's NFL combine performance might have impressed everyone but himself -- or those who have seen him test at Penn State. "Very average day," PSU coach James Franklin told me this morning. "He's always run 4.3, always, and I thought by going and training with somebody, he might get into the high 4.2's. I've seen him bench-press 34 times before. He didn't hit any of his [personal records]. I don't want people to misinterpret what I'm saying. An average day for him was the best testing numbers for any running back in the country."

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Would like to see the Bears "steal" this Penn State RPO scheme (run-pass option) after signing TE Trey Burton in free agency. In this example (see below), the Bears would pair the inside zone with the boot pass. That would allow QB Mitchell Trubisky to hand-off to Jordan Howard (H) or pull the ball to target Burton (Y) on the boot. This is a quick way to get the ball to Burton in the flat with blockers at the point of attack. And there is room to run after the catch.

Kellerman: 'Barkley is the best RB prospect I've ever seen' (1:33)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State TE Mike Gesicki made some money today at the NFL combine. At 6-foot-5, 247 pounds, Gesicki ran a 4.54 40-yard dash and also recorded a 41.5-inch vertical. Given his frame and athleticism, Gesicki projects as a "move" TE who can flex from the formation to create matchups and also impact the route tree in the red zone. Body control and ball skills to win at the point of attack.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State RB Saquon Barkley posted an official 4.40 40-yard dash time today at 233 pounds, and he had a 41-inch vertical. And those upper-tier athletic traits mesh with the game tape. Barkley has the speed to rip off explosive runs, the cutback ability to make plays in the open field, and his versatility as a receiver will be utilized in the pro game. Barkley should be considered a top-five prospect with upside at the position.

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48dJake Trotter

Ranking college football's best triplets

Which teams have the best combination of quarterback, running back and receiver? It starts with Stanford, but turning projections to reality at Oklahoma and Alabama could change things.

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49dJeff Legwold

RB Barkley: Want to be part of something big

Running back Saquon Barkley says it doesn't matter where he goes in the NFL draft, emphasizing that he wants to be part of something "bigger than yourself ... something special."

58dAdam Rittenberg

QB Future Power Rankings: Georgia leads the way

Which teams are primed for success over the next three seasons at the game's most important position? A true freshman led Georgia to the title game, and the Bulldogs have the nation's top 2018 recruit on campus, but Clemson and Alabama aren't far behind.

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