Penn State Players Say Goodbye to Joe Moorhead

By Mike Treb on November 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm
Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) warms up as offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead looks on prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Beaver Stadium.
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It's hard to say goodbye, but that's just what Nittany Lions players had to do this week to beloved offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead.

Moorhead scored a plum gig this week as head coach at Mississippi State, where he'll be formally introduced on Thursday morning. Penn State's offense, which now must replace a productive assistant, became a feared death machine under Moorhead, who arrived in Happy Valley in 2016 to revamp a sputtering offense.

All Moorhead did was take an unproven sophomore quarterback and help him become a dangerous dual threat who digs chucking the long ball. On Wednesday, that player -- All-Big Ten second teamer Trace McSorley -- thanked his coach via Twitter:

Moorhead found creative, sadistic ways to get Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley the ball the last two seasons:

Sophomore wideout Juwan Johnson had a productive 2017 regular season, his first time seeing regular playing time:

Backup quarterback Tommy Stevens, who is a touchdown machine and the subject of questions about what his role will be (and where he might be) with McSorley coming back for his senior year in 2018, offered big praise to Moorhead:

Memories. And a great hat:

Even Nittany Lions from the other side of the ball, such as true freshman cornerback Lamont Wade, had nothing but good things to say about a man that is universally liked within the Penn State program:

Senior linebacker Jason Cabinda:

And head coach James Franklin was free-flowing with his praise for his former offensive coordinator when Mississippi State made the announcement. He added more (and a great picture) via Twitter: