Penn St. makes changes to its football jerseys

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Penn St. makes changes to its football jerseys

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Players' names are being added to Penn State's football jerseys for the coming season, the university announced Tuesday, along with blue ribbons to show support for victims of child abuse. The team's generic look -- blue-and-white, no names on jerseys -- has long been a trademark and was associated with the buttoned-down style of former coach Joe Paterno, who was fired last year after his former assistant Jerry Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges. School officials said adding the names was a way to recognize the "resolve and dedication" of the players, as the team faces a four-year bowl ban and loss of scholarships under the severe penalties handed down by the NCAA last month over the school's handling of the Sandusky scandal. The changes will take effect with the Sept. 1 season opener at home against Ohio University. "We want our fans to know and recognize these young men," said coach Bill O'Brien, who was hired after last season. "They have stuck together during tough times, and I commend them for the leadership they have shown." Fran Fisher, a longtime Penn State radio announcer, said the jersey changes may ruffle some feathers among former players, and the vanilla uniforms will continue to be associated with Paterno. "I think Coach O'Brien has a right to do whatever he wants to do to have an identity for his team," Fisher said. "I think that the plainness of the Paterno era will be remembered because he considered it to be a team sport." Sandusky, 68, awaits sentencing on 45 criminal counts, probably next month, and is likely to spend the rest of his life in state prison. Paterno died of lung cancer in January, and a university-commissioned investigation of the Sandusky scandal concluded he and other top Penn State officials concealed allegations against Sandusky going back to 1998. The NCAA also stripped the school and Paterno of more than 100 wins, dropping him from atop the list of the winningest coaches in major college football history.

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Steve Smith Sr. and Jalen Ramsey talk trash both during and after game

Steve Smith Sr. and Jalen Ramsey talk trash both during and after game

Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey had plenty to say about Steve Smith Sr. following the Ravens' 19-17 win in Jacksonville

And of course, the Ravens’ fiery wide receiver fired back.

The Smith-Ramsey beef extended from the field, to the locker room, to social media following the Ravens’ 19-17 victory. Smith and Ramsey exchanged words on the field after the game before they were separated.

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Then in the locker room, Ramsey had plenty to say, considering the Jaguars (0-3) lost, again, and that Smith had his best game of the season – eight catches for 87 yards.

Ramsey took jobs at Smith being 37 years old, among other things.  Asked why things got heated between him and Smith, Ramsey said, “I don’t know. Ask him. When you’ve been beating the opponent that’s in front of you both physically and psychologically all day, they tend to get mad like that. I don’t care how old he is. If that made him angry then he can go home and sleep on it. I don’t care. It is what it is.”

Asked if he was made that Smith talked to him after the game, Ramsey said, “Yeah, but I’m not worried about him. He was still mad that I was locking him up. Alright, well sleep on it. I’m not trying to hear that after the game.”

Did Ramsey think he got in Smith’s head?

“What do you think?” Ramsey said. “You tell me. Any time I lined up on him – y’all go watch that.  Y’all tell me who got in whose head. He came up to me after the game. He’s an old man acting like that.”

Smith’s retort on Twitter was classic Smith.

“I gave U every opportunity to speak face to face,” Smith wrote. “But you found your voice safely behind closed doors. Young man, I don’t need ur respect! In 5 to 10 u will be retiring and they will be taking my measurements for something you will NEVER BE #HOFer. I got cleats with stronger thread then you!!!”

Just think, Ramsey and Smith were almost teammates. The Ravens tried to trade up from No. 6 to No. 4 to draft Ramsey. But the Cowboys declined and took running back Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4. The Jaguars took Ramsey at No. 5 and the Ravens took left tackle Ronnie Stanley at No. 6.

Things worked out fine for the Ravens. They love Stanley. They love Smith.

They love being 3-0. And clearly, Smith still loves talking trash.

RELATED: RAVENS WEEK 3 OFFENSIVE REPORT CARD

 

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Ravens vs. Jaguars Week 3 Report Card: Offense

Ravens vs. Jaguars Week 3 Report Card: Offense

It's time to hand out the report cards after the Ravens' 19-17 win at Jacksonville that gives the Ravens just the third 3-0 start in franchise history.

We begin with the offense, which managed just one touchdown and ranks 25th overall.

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QUARTERBACK: B-

Joe Flacco carved up the Jaguars early, completing 21 straight passes at one point. A lot were high-percentage throws, but Flacco was smart enough to take what was there against a soft zone that gave a lot of room underneath.

In the second half, though, Flacco got badly out of rhythm, with several overthrows. He threw one interception where it was clear he and Dennis Pitta were not on the same page, and another when his arm was hit as he threw. Flacco did show some mobility on that surgically-repaired knee, running for a 7-yard score.

He finished 29-for-40 for 214 yards.

RUNNING BACK: D+

The running game continues to be one of the major issues of the young season.

Terrance West (10 carries, 45 yards) did manage a 15-yard run, the Ravens longest of the season, but Justin Forsett (7-20) showed no burst or elusiveness. Forsett caught six passes but totaled just 12 yards. First-down runs are leaving Ravens in second-and-long way too often. Buck Allen has been a healthy scratch in all three games. Is he worth a look at this point? Injured rookie Kenneth Dixon should be back soon and might provide a jolt, too.

Something needs to change.

OFFENSIVE LINE: C-

The Ravens again couldn't establish a running game. Joe Flacco was sacked twice and hit four times, and pressure against Rick Wagner caused Flacco's arm to be hit on one throw that was intercepted.

Ronnie Stanley, who was called for two penalties, was beaten outside a few times. Marshal Yanda was flagged again.

That's officially three penalties this year on the Pro Bowl guard; he had four all of last season.

TIGHT ENDS: C-

Dennis Pitta was again a key part of the offense, with six catches for 42 yards, but he and Flacco had some mixed signals on one interception; Pitta broke inside and Flacco's throw went outside. Crockett Gillmore played 30 snaps and was not targeted as a receiver.

For all the talk of Marc Trestman's offense embracing and highlighting the tight ends, Gillmore and No. 3 tight end Maxx Williams have been nonfactors so far.

RECEIVERS: C

Steve Smith found some room underneath and finished with eight catches for 87 yards, including a huge fourth-down conversion that kept the Ravens go-ahead drive alive in the fourth quarter.

Mike Wallace (3-34) couldn't haul in a potential touchdown catch, and Breshad Perriman dropped two passes in his hands. The Ravens tried both Wallace (5 yards) and Perriman (2 yards) as rushers on jet sweeps with middling results.

It was clear the Ravens were trying to get some spark for the running game, but that didn't really work, either.