Wouldn't read too far into those, at least not yet. The Wimbush stuff, imo, stems from him being committed here a million days ago — hasn't been anything substantive about him being on the radar and it's been reported he's visiting UCF this weekend. Hurts visited Maryland yesterday and Oklahoma today, apparently visiting Miami tomorrow. He's a hell of a player, but he's on a school tour and Penn State ain't on it.
Unfortunately, we are not, but know Dan and I worked very hard on how we were going to phrase that sentence.
Well a few things go into this:
1. Franklin has said that Pinegar has been good in practice and it's been a matter of translating to games. I hate to throw my hands in the air like this but that's probably something to trust, that this is an informed decision and that if he's the best in practice, it stands to reason that he'll be the best in games, too. To answer your question with another question (and I don't think I know the *correct* answer, to be clear): Do you think one of the guys who aren't getting the job done in practice can get the job done in games?
2. The psyche of a kicker is always something to consider. Pinegar is plenty talented — you have to be to be a scholarship kicker — but it could impact him long-term if you bench him as a freshman. Of course, the other side of that is if he keeps missing field goals, that same issue could arise. It's a strange situation for sure.
It's weird, because Penn State is one of nine P5 teams to win double-digit games in each of the last two years, and their recruiting has been outstanding, and yet they have one gigantic problem that has made losses hurt so much. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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I think the thing that has kinda gotten lost with Reid (and lord knows I have done it a lot this week) is we forget his last football game was the Rose Bowl. He's been back from his injury for a few months now, but you can only simulate in-game situations so much, and they can never fully replicate game reps. I think he'll be fine once he gets a whole lot of rust off of him — he didn't stick out for basically three quarters, which is sometimes what you want out of your corners — but yup, not his best quarter of football for sure.