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Dan Smith


Philadelphia, PA

MEMBER SINCE   July 24, 2016

Dan Smith covers Penn State men's basketball and football for Roar Lions Roar. He previously wrote for Black Shoe Diaries, Cover32, Buzz on Broad, and CommRadio, where he also served as Executive Editor. Along with the staff of Centre County Report, Dan won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award in 2013. He graduated from Penn State in 2013 with a degree in journalism, and lives in Philadelphia.


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Recent Activity

Comment 19 Nov 2020

Why would Chambers release the statement that he released when he resigned if he thought there was another shoe that was going to drop that would reflect poorly on him?

My understanding is that the investigation "unearthed" something relatively benign but technically against NCAA guidelines, so a motivated program would be able to fire with cause. Something every program does, in the realm of recruiting/eligibility. Basically, they wanted to find a reason, and after months and months they finally found something.

Comment 18 Nov 2020

As my Snap Counts post laid out, that was the starting lineup this past Saturday. Wallace started at right tackle and Fries at right guard.

Comment 17 Nov 2020

Before you get mad, please remember that all this means is that Clifford started the Nebraska game. Whether Clifford or Levis starts this coming Saturday, this depth chart was always going to have Clifford listed as the starter because he started the previous game. This is how Franklin operates.

Comment 11 Nov 2020

This was already going to be a tough season to get excited for due to Covid, but all of this has me at an all-time low in excitement since I first attended Penn State.

Comment 05 Nov 2020

Also, I didn't really find a way to squeeze this into my analysis, but Ohio State was very prepared for Penn State's defensive substitutions and took advantage of that by playing with tempo and catching Penn State out of position. This happened in both halves and was part of the reason they were so good on third down conversions. This also occurred on at least one Ohio State touchdown. It was not a great day for Brent Pry.

Comment 29 Oct 2020

I have a friend who is a scout who does not believe Lamar will be drafted. He will certainly be in camp for someone, though.

Comment 27 Oct 2020

They typically rotated on defense when teams had drives that involved multiple first downs. That happened infrequently Saturday, which is why I think they rotated a lot less. They just were not on the field very much and did not really need to concern themselves with defensive fatigue.

As for Wade in the slot, I tend to agree. I think they like the option of having him be able to blitz from the slot position, and there are obvious benefits to having a playmaker like him on the field, but he just does not cover well enough to make it work. Penix missed several throws to guys who burnt Wade. I think with Porter on the outside now, they should really look harder at Wilson or Hardy as a potential slot corner.

Comment 23 Oct 2020

Welcome, everyone! Looking forward to interacting with you throughout what promises to be an incredibly strange season.

Comment 20 Oct 2020

Also interesting to see Ji'Ayir Brown crack the two-deep at safety ahead of Tyler Rudolph and Trent Gordon. The Gordon thing makes some sense, as many will recall from the transitions made by Garrett Taylor and Lamont Wade. If this staff moves you from corner to safety, they usually believe you need a full year of learning before any significant playing time comes along.