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New Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne has his offense primed to pick up where it left off in the Fiesta Bowl.

Penn State’s offensive line wants to be better; backup QB Tommy Stevens wants to be sharper

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Up front

How can the Penn State offense be better without Saquon Barkley in the backfield? It starts with the offensive line.

Maligned for the past few seasons because of depth concerns and plug-in players such as tackle Paris Palmer, this is the first spring practice session that James Franklin’s team has both depth and experience up front. The York Daily Record’s Frank Bodani writes that the Nittany Lions offensive line should be better in 2018.

Mental edge

Backup quarterback Tommy Stevens’ role with the Nittany Lions is to be determined. But he stuck around to the surprise of some who figured Stevens wanted to start bad enough that he would graduate early and transfer elsewhere.

Land of 10’s Audrey Snyder writes that Stevens is taking his time this spring to develop a sharper mental edge.

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Ready to roll

Penn State fans shouldn’t worry about new offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne stepping into the position full-time. After a 500-yard debut in the Fiesta Bowl, Rahne’s offense figures to soar in 2018.’s Mike Poorman writes that Rahne is ready to go thanks to everything he’s learned from Franklin and former offensive coordinator and now Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead.

Redshirt support

A potential NCAA rule has caught the attention of Franklin. The NCAA is proposing that a player could appear in four games and still redshirt that season.

It’s a move Franklin wholeheartedly supports, and thinks will help college football, writes the Daily Collegian’s Andrew Rubin.

Do not pass

If NFL teams pass on Barkley, his personal trainer thinks those teams are making a major mistake.

Calling him a generational talent, Bert Wigham, Barkley’s trainer, says that “there is no flaw” with his prospect, writes the New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard.

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