If you focus on Butler's early season work, he was a poor DC at Penn State. However, there were signs he was getting it throughout the season and the light turned on at Wisconsin. That game wasn't as close as the score. The D was a huge part of it. Hack was the rest.
I never said that, in fact, I said the opposite. When you project the roster to a 3-4, there is one redshirt freshmen in the two deep and he is Simmons would be in the two deep regardless. Please read.
That is a very good point on Brent Pry. I don't know. But Tom Bradley didn't have any prior to the 2006 season when they used an odd front for a good portion of the season with 31, 20, 40 and 45 at linebacker. Tim Shaw was a quasi end on a lot of plays. But, I do think we have recruited for a base 3-4 the last few years. Honestly, a 3-4 with a 1 Technique nose isn't that much different from some 4-3 alignments.
I made the case for the four linebacker positions.
I think your understanding of a 3-4 is limited. Other than Sickels (assuming he returns) and Buckholz, who both project to pas rushing 3-4 ends the current crop of ends project rather nicely to outside linebacker including several redshirt and incoming freshmen. You don't need a space eating 0 technique to effectively run a 3-4. There are plenty of teams that successfully use a 1 technique nose in an odd front and State has several of them with another coming in and he could be a 0 if they wanted him to be. The other tackles easily project to ends. Look at the roster. If they were to switch to a 3-4 with 1 technique nose tackle, they go four deep across the entire front seven and like most teams that use that type of alignment, the nickle and dime packages use more or less even fronts.
Sorry but yest it does. If you don't see it, I really don't know what to say that wouldn't come off as insulting so I won't respond. And no, I do not think the line is set. We could see big changes on the horizon. Other than Bates, I don't think anyone has a starting job locked down, and Bates could move to center.
I am ready for spring ball. I fully expect a few changes in the pipe. Possibly a shift in defensive schemes to a flexible 3-4 similar to the one Alabama uses. The types of players they are recruiting and the current roster screams 3-4. Should be interesting to see how the QB competition goes, and yeah, I do expect the position to be up for grabs. It has to be if this team is to compete for a title next year. The O-line might be in a state of flux heading into summer.
Dead serious. The offense is good now, but limited. Had Hackenberg stayed, it would be 94 like in terms of impact.
If Hack had stayed, Penn State houses Indiana and would have been in the playoffs and would likely be in the title game next week.
We'll probably know who this joker is tomorrow. Just look at the unemployed line.
I would imagine that there is a lot going on. I would say the highest priority should be taking care of Joe Moorhead. Moorhead is the MVP of this team. Taking care of Brent Pry is number two. Table the talk of extending Franklin. That subject shouldn't even be discussed until after next season. Contrary to what some think, there is no risk is waiting. People don't want to hear it but need to, extending him now is very risky given the previous two years.
This is great news. His arrival set the stage for the season, (with a shout out to Brent Pry) won the Big Ten title and saved Franklin's job in the process. I am looking forward to year two.
This will not be a popular thing to say but I really don't care. Trace is a good player. Better than I ever thought he could be but make no mistake, Trace needs to win the job in 2017 before talking Heisman. And yes, I do believe we will see an legitimate competition in the spring for that position and I would consider him an underdog if Stevens or Zembiec are genuinely ready to play.
I think this one is going to be low scoring with the defense being the to victor. The D needs to hold them to field goals.. Offensively, I don't see us doing much unless they can force the Badgers out of their preferred two deep zone. If they can't, it will be a long day as they are more than capable of shutting down the running game with their front seven and two deep safeties take away the jump ball passing game leaving us with nothing, but, we have Joe Moorhead who can hopefully find away to open up safe throws for Trace to make in the middle third of the field and Coach Joe has Mike Gesicki and Irvin Charles who are the perfect weapons to use in that scenario.
Penn State 17
Anyone that got themselves too invested in the playoff scenarios didn't think things through. State was always the longest shot. We have the worst losses in the field. Should State win on Saturday, they likely will move up one spot regardless of whether or not Washington loses. In that instance, the committee will almost certainly move Colorado ahead of State. With a win, State is going to the Rose Bowl. With a loss, that depends on whether or not Clemson or Washington fall. Maybe the Cotton or Orange/Citrus Bowl, maybe the Outback Bowl
No losing seasons? So what. That sets the bar way too low. A lot of coaches could have done that given the schedule and the talent he inherited. Speaking of what he inherited it wasn't half as bad as it has been made out to be. The sanctions are an excuse for not being able to deal with the hand he was dealt and they don't excuse a heck of a lot of bad decisions along the way. He was out coached by the likes of Brady Hoke, Tim Beckman and Randy Edsall. That is a red flag. He made a huge mistake bringing Donovan with him. Red flag. He didn't fire him after his first season. Another red flag. Recruiting? We shall see. So far I think his recruiting has been over-rated. Good, but not great. So far, one good win over Ohio State and a winning streak largely over teams they should beat doesn't impress me. No, he hasn't earned it, not yet at least.
I believe that would probably be a penalty enforced from the spot of the foul.
Love James from State College but this is premature. He simply hasn't earned it at this point. No discussion should occur until after next season.
I have never really seen any value in it to begin with. It is utterly useless until the midpoint of the season and has very little if any relevance for a single game. Like most metrics, it is far too simplistic to handle the qualitative nature of football on a game by game basis where weather, matchups and injuries are the biggest factors.
A lot more crazy has to happen for Penn State to get into the top four, but first and foremost, State needs to take care of business, beginning with Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers. Then Michigan State, Michigan State, Michigan State, Michigan State. Should Ohio State prevail over Michigan, and I think they will, the team should focus on the Stagg-Paterno Trophy and beating what will likely be Wisconsin. I for one do not think that getting into and winning the Big Ten title game will be nearly enough to earn a title game spot as I would fully expect Ohio State to represent the Big Ten in that scenario regardless of whether or not they won their own division. After that, State would likely need losses from a few other teams to clear out one loss teams.
This one isn't even a question. The receivers are the MVP with Gesicki, Godwin, Hamilton and Blacknall leading the way. WIthout them, this game is a loss and maybe not a close one. Barkley is the next man up as far as the MVP goes. The pounding he took in order to get receivers open downfield was a selfless act which should seal the deal for him as the unanimous team MVP at season's end.
Offense – I (tempted to give the entire unit a C here but the McSorley injury clearly held the entire unit back)
McSorley showed a lot of guts and Franklin showed a lot of faith in him keeping him in after the injury. The offense as a hole, especially Barkley, suffered however. Like every other opponent before Indiana, the Hoosiers didn’t feel the need to respect Trace’s arm and after the injury, put all their focus on Barkley. The receivers dropped a few passes and were not able to outfight defenders on jump balls as frequently as in past weeks but they saved the game. A healthy O-line would have helped in the running game but given Indiana’s defensively strategy post-McSorley injury probably not that much. Franklin dodged a huge bullet thanks the receivers and defense bailing the team out late.
Defense – B
Not a bad day. A strong closing keeps them from getting a C. The front seven was fairly good all day despite Indiana having good field position as much as they did. The secondary had its share of breakdowns which were disappointing at this point in the season though I do support the decision to rotate early and often. This team isn’t a legit threat to win the Big Ten title but will be next year.
My top five games.
1. 2005 Ohio State
4. 2002 Nebraska
5. 2005 Michigan State (home field advantage in Spartan Stadium and a Big Ten title)
Just missed the cut - 2013 Michigan
The one that got away (AKA- Didn't attend) - 2016 Ohio State
Darn right he is. He is the exact opposite of John Donovan. Moorhead is competent. Donovan wasn't. Donovan has a rigid system, Moorhead doesn't. Moorhead is the exact OC Penn State needed. Despite the limitations of the personnel on hand, he is doing what he has always done, figure what they can and can't do, identify weaknesses in opponents defenses and get it done. Would love to see what Hack could have done as a senior in a coherent offense that adjusts to the talent on hand. It is hard to imagine how Barkley would be if the passing game was a legit threat on every down. Good lord. Regardless, Moorhead and Trace have figured out how to work the offense within his limitations and the team is better for it.
I don't think Allen will leave but think he has the skill set that could potentially attract enough interest to warrant an early departure.