PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)With Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley on his way to the NFL, head coach James Franklin and McSorley’s successor could use some veterans at wide receiver to make the transition easier. Fortunately, one such veteran could become available in a few days.According to 247Sports, Miami (FL) graduate transfer Lawrence Cager is slated to visit the Penn State campus next weekend.Cager has a year of eligibility left after playing the past three seasons for the Hurricanes.The 6-foot-5, 218-pound receiver has been used only sparingly at Miami over the past few years, but has made the most out of the touches he’s received.In 2018, he averaged 17.8 yards per reception on 21 catches with six touchdowns.Since 2016, he has 45 receptions for 681 yards and ten touchdown catches, with a 15.1 yards per reception average.Per the report, Penn State’s opponents for Cager’s signature will be Iowa State, where he is visiting this weekend, along with Kentucky, Ole Miss, Oregon and Virginia.Penn State as I have said is looking for a wide receiver. Lawrence Cager is 6-5 and both sides have mutual interests. This kid at 6-5 could turn into star in Penn States offense, had 6 touchdowns for Hurricanes.— Leader Johnson (@WriterLeader247) January 24, 2019Penn State will have its leading receiver from 2018, K.J. Hamler, back with the team next season. But beyond Hamler, the Nittany Lions have only limited experience or impact players at the receiver position.Cager’s 374 receiving yards last year would have been second on the team.
Almost 80 per cent of Maritime students remain enrolled at the same university a year after admission and almost 60 per cent graduate within six years, according to a report released today, Feb. 3. The report, Student Progression within University of First Entry: Persistence and Graduation, by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, also found that three per cent of students who began studies in 2001 were still enrolled six years later and 39 per cent had left the university without completing a degree. The report does not track the destinations of students who leave their first university, some of whom transfer to another institution to complete their studies. However, 19 per cent of those who left after the first year, returned to the same institution within the next five years. “Whether these numbers are judged to be high or low will depend on the perspective taken,” said Mireille Duguay, chief executive officer of the Commission. “But we do know that, overall, the patterns observed in the report point to many similarities with those recorded in other studies conducted in the U.S. and Canada. That is, Maritime students are persisting and graduating at the same rates as those in other regions.” The report also shows that persistence and graduation patterns vary with discipline, gender and region of origin. For example, students enrolled in applied or professional programs were the most likely to persist (84 per cent after one year) and to graduate (65 per cent) within six years, while those enrolled in humanities, arts and social sciences were less likely to persist (73 per cent after one year) and to graduate (52 per cent) within six years. Women (61 per cent) were more likely to have graduated within six years than men (53 per cent). The paper is available on the commission’s website at www.mphec.ca . The Measures of Student Progress and Outcomes project is funded, in part, by the Canadian Council on Learning. A working group of institutional researchers from six universities in the region is helping the Commission develop areas of measurement, including persistence and graduation rates, and course success. The research is based on the postsecondary student information system. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974 to assist institutions and governments to enhance the postsecondary learning environment. The Commission’s 20 members are from the Maritime provinces and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments and the general public.