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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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  • NBA TEAM: Philadelphia 76ers
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Comment 07 Jul 2017

I did not mention it in the article but Shoop's son Tyler still plays on Penn State's football team as a walk-on wide receiver. He played two snaps on offense against Michigan State this past season. He will be a redshirt sophomore in 2017.

Comment 29 Jun 2017

Look, there is a case to be made that McSorley is not as good as his success and stats may have been indicated in 2016. If you want to make that argument, that's fine. But your hyperbole (and that's exactly what this is) is kind of batshit.

A turnover factory? How many turnovers did he actually commit last year? I'm not sure you even know, and when you look it up, your response will be pure speculation like "he should have thrown many more!" You would never excuse him for a pick that was the fault of the receiver. I'm not even asking you to, but you'd swing in the opposite direction: you'll assign him twice as many picks as he actually threw.

Maybe you should take a look at the failures of the defense in the three games Penn State lost. Your singular obsession on tearing down McSorley is so exhausting you seem to lack the energy to recall the 80 non-quarterbacks on the roster.

Comment 28 Jun 2017

How is it that you think so lowly of McSorley that an unknown must be a better option? Every time I see this argument it seems to be more style than substance. Are you just uncomfortable with the concept of a smaller quarterback who runs a lot and trusts his receivers?

Comment 23 Mar 2017

There's no way Mahon loses his spot unless it is injury related. He was one of the better tackles in the nation over the first two months of the 2016 season.

Comment 15 Mar 2017

Penn State was only undersized last season in the sense that they didn't have a backup 4 after Joe Hampton transferred. Mike Watkins certainly has good size at the 5, and next year the combination of Satchel Pierce and even Julian Moore coming off the bench will ensure they don't have to play a small ball lineup unless they want to. They'll also have Trent Buttrick available as a 4 so that they do not have to turn to Payton Banks or Davis Zemgulis when Lamar Stevens needs a breather.

As far as wing defenders are concerned, Josh Reaves and Shep Garner both had nice seasons on the defensive end. If Terrence Samuel returns, he's another option on the outside. I'm not worried about the defense there either. They face issues when their top defenders get in foul trouble, but that problem is not unique to Penn State by any stretch.

Your point about scoring is something all viewers likely agree with. The shooting must get better, otherwise teams will have too easy of a time defending Penn State. They also need to finish at the rim better, as they failed to convert too many good looks inside this season. The ability to score will probably define how far next year's team goes.