Thoughts and Observations from Penn State's First Spring Practice

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nothing gets em going like C chaser's picture

Oweh is going to crash some quarterback parties this year, that's a fast, strong man.

fighters, I said fighters

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Matthew Filipovits's picture

I'd be stunned if he didn't have at least 5 sacks next season, even in his limited role. He's a physical freak.

thekmosh's picture

I really like the concept of playing backup RBs as returners. They're guys who have lots of skill and speed running the ball, but you aren't exhausting them with the same number of snaps as a starting RB or WR gets. However, I understand the value of putting playmakers in playmaking opportunities...
 

Sean "The Big Red Dog" Clifford to Daniel "Curious" George, the PBS Connection

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Matthew Filipovits's picture

I'd love to see Journey Brown as the primary kick returner. Entering his third year with the program, this is a great time for him to break through. His north-south speed is his biggest asset, which gives him a ton of value in the kick return game. Punt returners need a bit more lateral quickness, which is why I think Hamler can be so successful there. 

thekmosh's picture

I only worry that with a defense like ours, you're seeing way more punts than kickoffs. I don't want our star WR to get hurt because he's exhausted or just because returns are dangerous. If they do decide to have him return punts though, he's taking several to the house this year. You're absolutely right about his skill.

Sean "The Big Red Dog" Clifford to Daniel "Curious" George, the PBS Connection

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ForTheGlory's picture

I guess we just have to accept that with no slow-footed Italian safeties, we have to go in a different direction with our punt returners so why not put a shifty, quick WR back there.

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Matt de Bear's picture

There is certainly a risk there. Plus kickoffs have become almost meaningless (with good reason) due to the rule changes put in place. However, Hamler has a pretty good knack for avoiding the big hit. There's a risk of a guy standing back there waiting to make the catch, but as long as you're smart about it, it's a worthwhile risk/reward scenario.

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