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The all-time Penn State Nittany Lions leading rusher and current Washington Redskins running back.

2 Penn Staters drafted: Royster to Redskins, Wisniewski to Raiders

The Washington Redskins selected Penn State all-time rushing leader Evan Royster in the 6th round of the NFL Draft (Nationals Journal, The Post). Having watched 4 seasons of Royster as a Nittany Lion, I thought I’d share a few notes about Royster.

Royster has a great field vision and can find a hole better than most backs. He lacks speed though, but is not easy to bring down, especially after he gets going. The concern about Royster is his production was dropping the longer he was in the program. He was not a favorite of Joe Paterno either, though that was downplayed officially. He did not have the strongest offensive line in front of him the last two years.

As a sixth rounder, Royster isn’t a bad pick, particularly giving how many picks the Redskins had this year. He grew up in Fairfax County so between that and the inability to sign free agents due to the lockout, I wonder if Royster still would have been drafted in a normal year. Also, anyone who ever watched Royster play with the Nittany Lions may recall he was a highly touted lacrosse player at Westfields High School. I would be surprised to see Royster on the roster at the start of the season, but he can probably make the practice squad. I am pulling for him, but I am not expecting too much. Then again, if there is one thing Mike Shanahan knows how to do, it is find running backs who can rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

The only other Penn State player drafted, Stefen Wisniewski was picked by the Oakland Raiders (Oakland Tribune) where his uncle Steve Wisniewski is the offensive line coach after a long career in the silver and black. The younger Wisniewski played guard and center at Penn State with distinction, but I couldn’t stand his weak shutgun snaps.

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Outback Bowl: Florida 37 Penn State 24; Bolden wants out

This just in — Matt McGloin just threw another interception.

The Penn State Nittany Lions concluded their 2010 season with an interception filled Outback Bowl against the Florida Gators. Despite leading heading into the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions lost fairly big. McGloin, the walk-on quarterback showed why he was a walk-on and why his teammates dubbed in Brett Favre prior to the season. McGloin threw 5 interceptions and several other passes that could have been if the Gators could catch. Overall, he completed less than 50% of his passes. The big question is why was he on the field long enough to throw 5 interceptions? While there is no doubt in my mind that McGloin gets his teammates motivated, he has not shown in any games against superior competition that he can get the job done. It is unfortunate, because McGloin did inject some excitement into an otherwise dreary season and did provide some memories in the Michigan and Northwestern games. Otherwise, he was never more than solid and as we saw yesterday, he was often terrible. I think I have seen enough of Matt McGloin, starting quarterback — I certainly had by the 3rd quarter yesterday.

Why McGloin did not get the hook when freshman Rob Bolden got pulled for less is a mystery, one that Bolden does not want to stick around to solve. Yesterday, Bolden indicated that he was leaving the program (Patriot-News). Apparently, Bolden was planning to leave even before the bowl game (Altoona Mirror) because he believed that McGloin was held to a much lesser standard. I agree with Bolden on that front. I just wonder if the coaching staff knew that beforehand.

I have another theory, McGloin was Joe Paterno’s choice all along. Remember at the beginning of the season when Joe said he talked to all the coaching staff and got their input on the QB? I think they talked him into Bolden and he regretted it. BOlden isn’t out the door yet officially, but I don’t see Paterno trying to talk someone who went public about transferring into returning.

As for the game, my suggestion that the Nittany Lions use Silas Redd more was pretty poor. Redd could not get anything going, but Evan Royster could, rushing for nearly 100 yards. The defense was okay, but they got worn down late. Special teams were pretty bad too. Florida did not play great, but good enough to win. The biggest thing they did other than catch half the balls that McGloin threw right too them, was stop Penn State on third down.

Justin Brown dropped three McGloin passes that would have been first downs.

The pass interference call against the Nittany Lions deep in Penn State territory was a poor one. The defense never really recovered from it.

Oh and the Pitt job is now available because their new coach got arrested for domestic violence. Tom Bradley may be a stronger candidate than the first go round, because he’d be seen as a “safe” choice and a genuinely high character guy. Though being a lifelong Nittany Lion may ultimately hold him back.

It will be a very interesting month of Penn State football…

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2011 Outback Bowl: Penn State vs. Florida prediction

The run up to the Outback Bowl has been mostly about the coaches: Florida’s Urban Meyer, stepping down at age 46 and Penn State’s Joe Paterno, planning to return for his 46th season at age 84. Meyer is apparently off to ESPN following today’s game. Paterno and his family denied rumors that he had been in much worse health than reported.

As for the game, Florida lacks a quarterback and pass rush. Penn State lacks a defensive line and the offensive line isn’t too great either. The Gators probably have an edge in special teams and since field position is crucial, good punting will make a difference. The Nittany Lions have to hope that Anthony Fera is healthy enough after an appendectomy to put, because his replacement as inadequate against Michigan State.

QB Matt McGloin is on the spot for PSU. He should get plenty of chances for throwing underneath — will he have the discipline to find Brett Brackett and Graham Zug instead of throwing long to Derek Moye often? In the running game, I think the Lions need to make Silas Redd, a true frosh, the feature back over incumbent senior Evan Royster.

Florida can run the ball well and Penn State has not been strong against the run. The return of Mike Mauti should help a great deal — the defense was a completely different team with him against Ohio State than without him. After he left, Ohio State was unstoppable against Penn State. I don’t know that Mauti’s presence could have been enough to win it for PSU, but I think it would have at least been closer.

It is a tough call whether Penn State, which is apparently retaining their coaching staff (though the Pitt job that Tom Bradley interviewed for my be reopened), has an advantage over the departing Florida staff. Paterno knows how to win bowl games better than anybody and I think he staff and team have had less distractions than the Gators, but Meyer may get a more fiery effort from his upperclassmen.

I couldn’t make up my mind on the outcome so I did a coin flip to see who would win 21-17. It came up Florida. Bah! I’ll do the homer pick anyway.

Florida 17
PENN STATE 21

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Michigan State Spartans 28 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS 22

Football season is over.

Penn State played pretty uninspired football for 3 quarters today, falling to the Michigan State Spartans. The Nittany Lions could not get much going offensively after their first drive, when Evan Royster ran roughshod over Sparty. MSU adjusted and built up a 14-3 half time lead. The Nittany Lions seemed to be stopping Sparty for 1 yard gains on first down before giving up 12 yard plays on second down.

QB Matt McGloin did not have a strong game, only making plays late, for the most part. He looked cold throughout the game, and if I were coaching, I would have pulled him in the 3rd quarter for Rob Bolden. McGloin’s subsequent touchdown drives showed what he was capable of, but it was too little too late. As far as I am concerned, the quarterback position should be open going into the bowl game. Graham Zug had several important catches in his final home game.

WR Derek Moye gets the game ball for Penn State. He made several clutch catches, probably would have had a touchdown late if the replay did not have to be inconclusive, and then got one anyway after stripping a Spartan DB who inexplicably ran an interception out of the end zone.

The defense was not very good today and missed Mike Mauti, who got some playing time, but did not start. Bani Gbadyu had a couple tackles for a loss, which was a nice change. The defense could not get much pressure on MSU QB Kirk Cousins, and that was what they needed to do to win. The defense did make two big fumble recoveries in the 4th quarter, though.

Special teams were terrible for Penn State. They never got good field position based on kick returns and Alex Butterworth did not have much success punting, hopefully Anthony Fera is back for the bowl game. Two 2-point conversions failed, though one was not planned, but holder Brett Bracket had trouble with the snap and overthrow an open receiver.

A disappointing end to the 2010 regular season. Given where Penn State was after the Illinois loss, they recovered okay and gave us a couple of great games against Michigan and Northwestern, plus a zany one against Indiana in my back yard, but this team underachieved. Better leadership and a healthier Joe Paterno are needed if they will improve against a tough 2011 schedule. I am still going to miss football Saturdays though.

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