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Dan Smith


Conshohocken, PA (via West Chester, PA)

Member since 24 July 2016 | Blog

Dan Smith is a staff writer at Roar Lions Roar, covering Penn State basketball and football. He is a 2013 graduate of Penn State with a degree in journalism. Prior to his time at Roar Lions Roar, Dan wrote for Black Shoe Diaries, cover32, and Buzz on Broad, and was the executive editor of Penn State student sports station CommRadio.


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Comment 29 Sep 2017

I wouldn't normally bring it up ... but since the gauntlet has been thrown down, the refereeing in that game clearly favored Iowa. There was a 5-minute stretch early in the second half (I believe starting with the Haley interception) where they blew call after call in Iowa's favor.

Comment 19 Sep 2017

Kelly's problem was that the offense declined quickly and left the defense out to dry. You still have to execute even if you move fast. Which is the whole point: let's talk about execution instead of time of possession, which is a byproduct of other core problems and not the actual problem.

Comment 12 Sep 2017

Pitt's secondary was certainly better than Akron's. That said, there were a few instances where guys were open but the pocket collapsed before McSorley had an honest chance to get it down the field. He had to throw quite a few away, and almost every time it was due to pressure, not lockdown coverage. Pass protection needs to improve.

Comment 05 Sep 2017

1. I'm not sure if that's necessarily the case. They were rotating a ton on defense and a number of starters had less snaps than their backups. And Blacknall is genuinely behind Johnson and Thompkins on the depth chart, from all accounts.

2. He definitely struggled, and I think if Polk wasn't in his first game back since early last season, we may have seen more of him in the slot. He saw more time there in the second half once the game was in hand.

3. I think Oruwariye is basically even with Campbell and Haley on the depth chart and will play a ton this year. His issue, like Campbell's, has always been staying healthy.

4. They're so deep on the defensive line, aren't they? So much to like on the second and third units. Losing Cothran/Cothren for 2018 would normally be a much tougher blow than it will end up being from the looks of things.

5. It certainly was not impressive, but there were three freshmen making their collegiate debuts (Fries, Menet, and Gellerstedt) and one walk-on getting his first offensive snaps (Simpson). They're not there yet, but they're not all supposed to be.

Comment 05 Sep 2017

I think the simplest explanation is that they want to get Fries and Gellerstedt work since they're both ahead of him on the depth chart. Though Jenkins was not on the field goal unit, a role he did play last year, which is a bit curious. Probably too early in the season to make any judgments, however.

Comment 29 Aug 2017

That's his only good game in three years. Plus, and I can tell you this as someone who rewatches every single game, he tires very quickly. He's better as a backup.