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)_/¯
the real rivals are the friends we made along the way
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.
1. We'll get the defensive roundtable out eventually, and while I don't necessarily disagree the answer is Lamont Wade, I don't think he's a shoe-in to start at safety by any stretch of the imagination. They have a lot of good football players back there, it's more about finding who fits and who are the two best options. Wade certainly can be one of the two, but asking him to get used to a new position and make an impact in his first year is a bit ambitious for my liking. Again, we'll get into this soon.
2. I think answering the question about the most missed player is dependent on how big the gap is between who they're losing and who is there now. The gap between Saquon and Boobie is almost certainly sizable (at least now before we see Sanders take on the full-time RB role), but I also think it's much smaller than the gap between Gesicki and his myriad of replacements. This could be very, very different by the time, say, Ohio State comes to town, but I don't think it's a stretch to say that's the case right now.
I would, admittedly, have respect for any opponent that walked into a White Out game in all black uniforms. Partly because then PSU could wear all-white unis for the game, partly because it'd be cool as hell.
2016 was a really weird class. It had seven offensive players in it: By rankings, Miles Sanders was easily the best, then three offensive linemen (Michal Menet, Connor McGovern, Will Fries), then Jake Zembiec, then Danny Dalton, then Alex Gellerstedt. I suppose Dae'lun Darien counts, too, but he's a linebacker now. But yeah, the very clear-cut offensive recruiting plan in 2016 was "please god fix our OL," and seeing as how Menet, McGovern, and Fries might all start this year, I think it was a good idea.