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Penn State defender makes On3's 2024 preseason All-Transfer Portal Team: Newsstand

Greg Pickelby:Greg Pickel06/12/24

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Penn State news, notes, and updates for June 12 include On3’s preseason All-Transfer Portal team, headlines of the day, and more.

It’s time to dive into Wednesday’s top tweets and stories about the Nittany Lions and college athletics.

Penn State tweets of the day

We start with another new preseason honors list. On3 national college football columnist Jesse Simonton picked an All-Transfer Portal team ahead of kickoff. The list is made up of players on offense, defense, and then specialists. New Penn State defender AJ Harris, who joined the Lions after spending a year at Georgia, made the cut at cornerback.

“Harris couldn’t crack the lineup at Georgia, but the former fringe 5-star prospect looks to be a plug-and-play starter for the Nittany Lions in 2024,” Simonton writes. “Versatile enough to play corner or nickel, Harris drew rave reviews from Penn State coaches this spring.”

Harris will not simply be handed a first-team spot in Tom Allen’s defense, of course. Cam Miller seemingly has one starting spot locked up. The battle for the other one, then, in addition to third corner/slot reps, is between Harris, returners Audavion Collins, Zion Tracy, and Elliot Washington, plus another newcomer in Florida transfer Jalen Kimber.

Regardless of who starts, longtime position coach Terry Smith likes to rotate his cornerbacks. So, many will play regardless. Whether or not Harris will make enough of an impact with the snaps he earns to make a postseason All-Portal team remains to be seen. But this, and his spring practice performance at large, are both good signs.

Headlines of the day

Penn State’s James Franklin Finally Gets to a Tailgate: Wogenrich, SI

How many Penn State players made the Phil Steele All-American teams?: Pickel, BWI

Penn State Football: Even as Premium Seating Increases, Kraft Not Worried About Atmosphere at Beaver Stadium: Jones, Statecollege.com

Lions high on the list for DT Jarquez Carter following official visit: Fitz, BWI

2024 Nittany Lions Season Preview and Prediction: Athlon Sports

The weekly rundown: Penn State Lift for Life, more official visits headline the days ahead: Pickel, BWI

12-team College Football Playoff: Time to retrain our brains for a new CFP: Staples, On3

Quote of the day

“I would think our fans will be able to be as loud as they’ve ever been, no matter where they’re sitting. think the good thing [about Beaver Stadium] is the volume [of people]. There’s an opportunity for everybody to come to a game and that’s very important.

“This [renovation] is going to provide more people with some of the things that are, I can tell you unequivocally, better experience. I believe our fans deserve to have concourses that are wider. And, the ability to have an upgraded food and beverage product. And, to not have to be tied in the concourse like they are and having better circulations. I think our fans are the best in the country. I believe in the world. No matter what happens, Beaver Stadium is always going to be electric.”

PSU AD Pat Kraft to Statecollege.com on whether he’s worried about the addition of more premium seats at Beaver Stadium following a renovation impacting the crowd environment.

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