Penn State Football

Penn State football: Lions set for Lift For Life

It’s an unusual workout for the Penn State football team but the goal has become commonplace for the Nittany Lions.

They’ll participate Friday in the 11th annual “Lift For Life” beginning at 5 p.m. at the Penn State Lacrosse Field where more than 80 players will pull weighted sleds, push vans across the turf and try to beat last year’s record total of $110,374 raised for the Kidney Cancer Association.

For the second-straight season, the offense will compete against the defense with specific position groups going head-to-head in numerous weightlifting exercises and endurance events — six in total.

“Coach (Bill) O’Brien and Coach (Craig Fitzgerald) have embraced Lift For Life and the impact this event can have in assisting kidney cancer patients and their families,” Shrive said. “I hope all our fans will come out and support us and this great cause.”

The event is open to the public and donations will be accepted.

To date, the Penn State Chapter of Uplifting Athletes has raised more than $700,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association. The Nittany Lions held their first Lift For Life when former Penn State players Scott Shirley, Dave Costlow and Damone Jones created the event in 2003.

Shrive a guard for the Nittany Lions and the current President of Penn State’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes. as personally raised more than $75,000 for the cause in his career and has set a goal of over $100,000 for this weekend.

Nittany Lions garner more preseason honors

A pair of Penn State seniors garnered their first preseason national honors while a sophomore earned his second the university announced Thursday.

Senior linemen DaQuan Jones and John Urschel were named to the watchlist for the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top interior lineman. Jones, a defensive tackle posed to play a bigger role this season, is the first Penn State player at his position to be named to the list since Devon Still was a finalist in 2011.

Urschel, a guard and a stalwart along the Penn State offensive line, is widely considered a candidate to be named a captain.

Sophomore defensive end Deion Barnes, who was named a candidate for the Bednarik Award — given to the nation’s top defensive player — was also named to the Nagurski Trophy watchlist. The Nagurski trophy is also awarded to the nation’s best defensive player.

Schedule alterations announced

As part of its recent realignment into East and West Divisions beginning in 2014, the Big Ten also planned to move to nine-game conference schedules beginning in 2016.

Penn State’s nine-game opponents for the 2016-17 seasons were announced Thursday including five conference home games in 2016.

In 2016, Penn State will host Minnesota, Maryland, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State, closing the regular season against the Spartans for the third consecutive year on Nov. 26. The Nittany Lions will visit Michigan, Purdue, Indiana and Rutgers in 2016.

During the 2017 campaign, Penn State will host Indiana, Michigan, Rutgers and Nebraska. The Nittany Lions and Cornhuskers will renew their rivalry, which will pause after this season with the new cycle of conference opponents starting in 2014. Penn State will travel to Northwestern, Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan State and Maryland, ending the regular season on Nov. 25, 2017 by visiting the Terrapins. The Nittany Lions will face a stretch of four Big Ten road games out of five games overall at mid-season.

Penn State will host Pittsburgh in 2017 for the first time since 1999.