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Dan Smith

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Philadelphia, PA

MEMBER SINCE   July 24, 2016

Dan Smith is a staff writer covering Penn State men's basketball and football for Roar Lions Roar. He has written for Black Shoe Diaries, Cover32, Buzz on Broad, and CommRadio, where he also served as the executive editor. Dan and the rest of the Centre County Report staff won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award in 2013. He graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a degree in journalism.

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Comment 4 hours ago

Clifford definitely had some guys deep and just slightly overthrew them. Didn't seem like he got into the flow enough to adjust for the conditions making everyone a step slow. Honestly, the biggest concern for me in this particular game was how poorly the running backs, particularly Slade, picked up the blitz. Clifford got knocked around more because of that than anything else.

Comment 04 Sep 2019

*Four running backs, unless this was a way to give credit to Nick Eury. In which case, five it is.

Comment 04 Sep 2019

No question, though that is the purpose of these games. He has some really teachable moments on film now. That specific one you referenced is one where his ability did not let him down, his decision making did. He got caught in no man's land once he got outside the tackle. Now it is up to the coaches to build on it.

Comment 28 Aug 2019

Castro-Fields was briefly considered, but ultimately I did not think just anyone with a hyphenated name would qualify.

Nana should be on there, I agree. That was an oversight on my part.

Comment 28 Aug 2019

I can see Iowa being a trap game, but I cannot see Michigan State being a trap game since Penn State has not beaten them in three years. The team will know the importance of the game, and the fanbase is frankly terrified of another letdown at this point.

Comment 28 Aug 2019

It is easy to misunderstand Windsor's talent. He began his career by backing up Parker Cothren at the 1-tech, and played next to a "3-tech bordering on defensive end" in Kevin Givens. I think because of that, going into last season he was viewed more as a nose tackle-type player by many fans. But his skillset is much more of a 3-tech's skillset. He is talented and much more athletic than a guy like Cothren. He can be disruptive, especially on a line that will have defensive ends drawing constant attention.

If he can stay onside and keep his hands away from the head and neck of his opponents, he is due for a big season.

Comment 15 Aug 2019

While I do have a journalism degree with a certification in sports journalism, I must have missed the class where we are supposed to cite anonymous commenters as reliable sources to explain how the head coach has very unfair roster management practices and does not believe in real competition.

Comment 06 Aug 2019

And as far as the Wade/Sutherland thing goes, this is more about Wade than Sutherland. A player of his caliber generally jumps a huge amount in playing time the year after making a position switch; it is what happened with Garrett Taylor last season. I think this may be the deepest safety room they have had in a while and that they may play reserves more than normal. They normally are pretty uncomfortable with their reserve safeties.

Comment 06 Aug 2019

His playing time last year only jumped up once Allen was injured and Slade was benched for several games. And even then, he played on 4% of total snaps. That is lower than pretty much any recent scholarship running back other than Johnathan Thomas. The staff has talked him up, and that cannot be ignored, but he is in a room with three blue chip running backs without that much of an edge in experience.

Comment 06 Aug 2019

Not at all, I think he is in a great spot for a guy who needed a couple years to get ready no matter where he went. I'm confident this program will let him reach his ceiling.

Comment 05 Aug 2019

He's almost the least experienced player at defensive tackle, and one thing we are not lacking for at DT is bodies. Additionally, the word on him since he arrived has been that he needed to do quite a bit of work with Dwight Galt and the strength staff. He projects more as a late bloomer at this point.