Penn State pumps up the volume in preparation for Iowa; exploring the roots of Joe Moorhead’s offense
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(Very) high fidelity
In preparation for the Saturday night visit to Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium, Penn State practiced Wednesday with music and crowd noise blaring.
“I don’t think anybody likes it,” coach James Franklin said, per John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times. “The coaches don’t like it. I don’t like it. The players don’t like it. You have a headache by the end of practice. Your ears are ringing.”
Necessary evil, though. Franklin noted the fans in Kinnick are “right up against you.” And the Hawkeyes (3-0) would be a challenge for the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions, no matter the atmosphere.
As noted by Bruce Feldman of SI.com, the offense favored by Penn State coordinator Joe Moorhead has its roots in the staff room at Fordham University, where he used to be the head coach – a room that featured the Junk Corner, replete with all manner of campus detritus. It was there that he forged the concepts that the Rams put to good use. The Nittany Lions, who have averaged 42 points while winning 12 of their last 13 games, have done the same. One other thing: Moorhead insists he’s in no hurry to grab the next head-coaching job that surfaces, a fact pointed out by Land of 10’s Stephen Pianovich.
More from Mike Francesa
Dustin Hockensmith of Pennlive.com writes that WFAN host Mike Francesa was at it again Wednesday, railing at Franklin about his explanation for the decision to call timeout as Georgia State kicker Brandon Wright lined up for a field goal in the closing seconds of the Panthers’ 56-0 loss to the Nittany Lions last Saturday. Francesa ripped Franklin on Monday, but Franklin insisted Tuesday that he wasn’t trying to ice Wright. Francesa called the explanation “a complete lie” and said he heard from another Big Ten coach who agreed with him.
Shoutout for Tommy Stevens
Greg Pickel of Pennlive.com reviewed the highlights of the Wednesday conference calls with quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley, noting in particular the regard McSorley has for backup QB Tommy Stevens: “The attitude he’s had is unbelievable. I think it’s something a lot of guys see, who may not be in a starter role, and how he handles it; the things we’re doing now shows the attitude he has. He’s a player that … with the ball in his hand, can be a threat, so the attitude he’s had has allowed our coaches and [has] made our coaches want to get him on the field, and I think it’s a great example for other guys.” Franklin has said the two-QB package is continuing to evolve.
Taking a stand
A white supremacist group called Identity Evropa has been posting flyers around Penn State’s campus, reports the Daily Collegian, and two Penn State players, Jason Cabinda and Marcus Allen, are among those voicing their disgust via Twitter.
— Jason Cabinda (@jasoncabinda) September 20, 2017
At all!!! smh https://t.co/GnbxSu7tQm
— Marcus Allen (@Chico_Hndrxx) September 20, 2017
Offering a thumbs-up
After an unnamed NFL executive told Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com that Barkley is better than Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, the former Ohio State star, “in every area,” former Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White tweeted out his agreement.
Took y'all 3 years to admit it tho https://t.co/KhumQtfsMK
— Nyeem Wartman (@NyeemWartman) September 21, 2017
Also in the Land of 10
- The bull market for Iowa QB Nate Stanley must continue if the Hawkeyes are to upset Penn State
- Michigan red-zone woes: ‘We’re going to get it cleaned up and fix it’
- FOX Sports will add c360 Skycam to virtual-reality experience for Notre Dame-Michigan State game
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