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Nittany Notebook (12-3): PSU hockey wins; Tengwall to enroll early; Shareef Miller works out for Steelers

Welcome to our daily Nittany Notebook. This post will be updated frequently throughout the day with news, notes and sometimes entertaining info. So be sure to check back often to stay on top of everything that’s going on with Penn State football and athletics, plus other sports of interest in central PA.

Update: 8:45 p.m.

**Talk about irony: Just like the football team, the Penn State men’s hockey team opened the season 0-5,then got its first win of the season against Michigan in the sixth game.

The Nittany Lions won a high-scoring game Thursday night against the No. 7 Wolverines at Pegula Arena, 9-5, to notch their first victory.

Check back later for more details on PSU’s win.

Update: 7 p.m.

**Offensive tackle Landon Tengwall announced today that he will be graduating early from high school so that he can enroll at Penn State in the spring.

It’s always good for players to get to campus and start working out a semester early, because it can speed up their development and, in many cases, prevent them from having to take a redshirt.

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Tengwall, a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder, is an elite O-line recruit, so getting to campus early could put him in position to push for playing time next season.

**Penn State product Shareef Miller, a defensive end, worked out Thursday with the Steelers.

From our sister site, SteelersNow.com:

Miller (6-foot-4, 255 pounds) is a second-year pro out of Penn State. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019 NFL Draft, but was waived before the start of the 2020 season after playing just two snaps in his rookie season. Miller was claimed on waivers by the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 6, but waived once again a month later without playing a game. The Eagles then brought Miller back to their practice squad, but released him on Dec. 1.

A defensive end in the 4-3 alignment at Penn State, Miller likely projects to be an outside linebacker in the Steelers’ scheme, where he could help offset the loss of starter Bud Dupree, who was placed on the injured reserve list with an ACL injury on Thursday.

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