Coaching Illinois is not going to be a quick stepping stone back to the NFL for Lovie. It looks like it will be a long term project.
All five of them, that would be a really small tizzy!
The numbers CJF is getting with his contract extension are what is required to keep a high profile coach in this day and age. Gone are the times where Joe was happy with what he got from the University and treated the shoe contracts as found money. And NO MATTER what the naysayers are putting out there, CJF is a young high profile coach that many other schools would like to make their head coach.
And if the rumors of the increase in assistant coaches pool money are correct, he is like a smart CEO and is making sure to spread the wealth among his high performers.
I am very happy to have him tied down until 2022 and hopefully longer as all the new championship trophies are raised.
I have always been of the opinion that Hand was handicapped by Donovan's offensive scheme. The talent was there, but never had the opportunity to improve. NOW, the talent level is increased, the offense lends itself to help the OLine, and while Hand was not a bad coach, Limegrover is a definite improvement and has better toys to play with up front.
It will be interesting to see who our best five are on opening day and can they hold onto their positions through the year. How nice to have real competition for each spot on the line.
This group will go far with even a slight improvement in OLine performance which I fully expect. With a solid OLine performance we will see a lot more of "8 in the box" because they are so damn scary and we will get another off-season of McSorley was just lucky with all those long 50/50 balls.
I just love the talent we are getting on the OLine. It looks like we are getting much closer to plug and play as the upperclassman 1st teamer moves on to the next level.
The coaches really think the B1G is very top heavy. Not one other team in the Top 25. B1G East is the Beast!
Congratulations on reaching your first birthday! You sure grew a lot in just a year.
RLR is a fresh respite during my hectic days that I always look forward to. My hats off to the excellent group of writers assembled here for keeping us up to date on all things involving our beloved Nittany Lions. Onward to a bigger and better second year.
And the Jets will be laughing at all those doubters for picking Hack in the second round. I've been around long enough to remember when most young QB's were hidden away and waited their turn, like Steve Young and Arron Rogers.
I am certain we will be hearing, this week's opponent, this week's opponent, this week's opponent, loud and clear all year long from CJF. He and the staff will make certain there is no outside noise in the ears of this team. Preaching FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS is what a young team, and we are still a relatively young team needs as much as teaching techniques and game plans.
And I agree, "Count me as excited!"
I really like this hire since there will be someone on the bench not afraid to tell Pat, maybe this might be the better way to use this player since he didn't get a lot to work with at Duquesne, yet he did a decent job fitting the round pegs in the square holes. Now with round pegs and round holes, I am interested in seeing how his X's and O's will impact the game planning.
We knew this was coming, but boy, Sandy waited to use the big stage to let it out. I can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth in Iowa.
WOW, our line that was looking good with the underclassmen looks to be one of the best with senior leadership on the field.
And let's hope Bower can keep away from injury and be a solid number 2 TE.
NO, NO, NO! 48-14 is the only fitting score to beat Pitt. It drives a dagger into their hearts each time it is mentioned.
Michigan received only one, slotting in at their typical third place position.
Matt, excellent throwing shade on the Blue and Maize. Made my Saturday.
I don't think "freak" does him justice. The way he works out and results he puts up are beast levels, something you would expect on the defensive side of the ball. Such a combination of speed and strength may be even more than once in a generation. I think with a much improved line in front of him this year he goes over 2,000 yards on the ground and embarrasses linebackers for another 500 yards in the air.
I can't wait for September.
It just goes to show that many of the top notch recruiters don't pay much attention to the scouting services and rely on the old tried and true, up front and personal look at each player to see if they check off the coaches criteria to fit in their system.
I am continually impressed how CJF and his staff find and offer the diamond in the rough underclassmen that explode up the rankings once they hit the camps. Bodes well for the future.
Definitely a redshirt candidate, small upper torso, though he looks solid, compared to his lower half that needs some weight room work to bulk up to a 3-tech or small 1-tech by his redshirt freshman year. I think he can get into the 300+ range given his frame so I can see why they are looking at him as 1-tech in the future.
Our offensive line has so suddenly become so deep to the point where a couple of years seasoning will become the norm before regular playing time. I hope for a lot of blow-outs to get all of the younger players game experience and not through necessity due to injuries.
and an offensive line once beleaguered by a lack of depth cut its sacks allowed from 39 in 2015 to 24 in ’16, the same total as elite units at Alabama and Wisconsin. From the Athlon article
JoeMo leads the offense but a special callout needs to made to Matt Limegrover for his coaching up the pieces on what was really a patchwork line caused by injuries. A very effective job.
With a big year and the hype PSU has been putting out there for him, Saquon has a good chance to double up with the Maxwell and Heisman. I still fault Joe was his unwillingness to play the publicity game for the many deserving Penn Staters that should have been in at least the top 2 for a Heisman. It was really a surprise that Cappy got the Heisman, since although we were the "Beast of the East", many in the football world (Big 10, Notre Dame, and Big 8) still derided the Eastern Indies as not real football teams.
Putting on a show like that at the Opening is going to make Justin a 5* WR!
Sandy told me at the Coaches Caravan that contract extensions were in the works for Franklin, Chambers and Sanderson. I thought it was pretty much public knowledge that they were in the works and would come in time.