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Matt de Bear

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Canton, MI (via Columbus, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   July 24, 2016

I am a 2005 graduate of Penn State, and an alumnus of the Penn State Marching Blue Band. Part of the founding group of Roar Lions Roar in 2016.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2016 B1G Championship Game
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Paul Posluszny
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Tim Frazier
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew

Recent Activity

Comment 20 hours ago

I think he was also hurt by despite being very good throughout the season, he wasn't doing the kinds of things that ultimately get you noticed as a defensive player. Young blew up big time after he wreaked havoc vs. Wisconsin with strip sacks, etc. Parsons just didn't have that crazy dominant performance until the bowl game, despite doing just about everything else at a very high level.

Comment 23 Jan 2020

Moorhead is the obvious answer.

Shoop was a dick, but the man coached the hell out of those 2014-15 defenses.

The further we get from him, the better Gattis looks too. His work with DaeSean and Godwin especially should stand out even more given how that position has struggled since he left.

Comment 22 Jan 2020

Technically yes, but he's visiting Florida this weekend, so I would imagine something formal will happen in the not too distance future.

Comment 22 Jan 2020

Perhaps, but it was pretty clear he was getting passed on the depth chart by the younger guys as the season went on. It's his last chance to play, so I'm sure he's looking for a more advantageous depth chart.

This is also the perfect time to mention Joseph's high school highlights are still the most ridiculously dominant video I've ever seen.

Comment 19 Jan 2020

Agree on Lynn. I think there's an inherent recency bias in these sorts of things, especially when you don't necessarily have a clear cut #1, or elite players over a time. I loved Lynn as a player, but probably am guilty of not giving him enough credit on this list personally.

Comment 10 Jan 2020

Both Bates and Mahon were "victims", in a sense, of a line that had a lot of imperfect parts. I agree that Bates was better as a guard, but Mahon really struggled inside. It was his move to tackle that really allowed him to blossom into a better player. 

Nelson was as talented as most of these guys, but those two serious knee injuries really impacted his ability. Watching him vs. Iowa in 2017 was depressing, seeing he just didn't have it anymore after the injuries.

Comment 03 Jan 2020

This is from the PSU release, but it makes me very happy:

Trautwein guided all five of his starting offensive linemen to 2019 All-ACC honors in John Phillips (first), Zion Johnson (second), Ben Petrula (second), Alex Lindstrom (third) and Tyler Vrabel (honorable mention). The Eagles allowed just 11 sacks in 2019, which was the third-fewest in FBS, and 57 tackles for loss, which was 13th in FBS. In addition, BC averaged 267.8 rushing yards per game to rank fifth in FBS in rushing offense.

According to ESPN’s Bill Connelly, Boston College was first in FBS in blitz down sack rate and third in power success rate (percentage of runs on third or fourth down with 2 yards or less to go that achieved a first down or touchdown) in 2019. SportSource Analytics also rated the Eagles sixth in offensive line efficiency this season.

Comment 01 Jan 2020

I don't think he was really that healthy all year either. He missed a ton of time at the Cotton Bowl too. But like you said, when your depth chart is almost exclusively underclassmen, his experience is going to be important.