Penn State is wearing its traditional blue jerseys without names on the back for Saturday's game against Northwestern, the first time the Nittany Lions have done so since Joe Paterno's last season in 2011.

By SI Wire
September 27, 2014

Penn State is wearing its traditional blue jerseys without names on the back for Saturday's game against Northwestern at Beaver Stadium, the first time the Nittany Lions have done so since Joe Paterno's last season in 2011, according to ESPN.com's Josh Moyer.

Penn State wore the no-name jerseys for more than 120 years, but former coach Bill O'Brien changed that in 2012 because he felt players who stayed despite the NCAA sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal deserved to be honored, Moyer reports.

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Current coach James Franklin said he'd like to strike a balance between honoring the past and respecting his players' opinions, according to Moyer.

A Penn State spokesman told Moyer the change was in honor of Homecoming but didn't discuss the jerseys further.

The Nittany Lions were 4-0, 1-0 Big Ten heading into Saturday's game.

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