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OT / Re: Football: Hack Track(er)
« on: Yesterday at 12:36 PM »
The biggest questions since O'Brien's departure for me have been 1. Will Hack stay? And 2. Will Franklin and his staff get the best out of him, or force him to adapt to their own preferences on offense (which admittedly I didn't really know anything about).

On 1, we gotta be happy that Hack likes Penn State as much as we do, and that the staff passed his muster. On 2, I was thrilled with the offense yesterday.

Watching the kinds of QBs that the staff is recruiting, I worried that it would try to shoehorn Hack into some weird spread option type thing. But it may be that those guys are safer recruiting bets because they give you more options should your "pro style" QB turn out not to be able to make the jump.

Hack is a once in a lifetime type QB. If this program catapults into the national power conversation (as early recruiting suggests it might), there is a good book for Blue and White obsessives about the key players: O'Brien, Mauti, Joyner, Hackenberg, Franklin.


I assume you are making your judgement based on Wimbush and McSorley.  This Pro Style QB is a top target for 16. I think you can relax knowing we aren't going to be running the wishbone anytime soon. I think what we saw from Hack yesterday moving around is what Franklin meant by wanting mobile QBs.

http://247sports.com/Player/Jake-Zembiec-28006

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: Yesterday at 09:04 AM »
Agree with tjb though.  Had UCF's "backup" QB been in from the start of the game, PSU does not win.

If he starts and plays the way he did in the second half, probably true.  But if he was the starter, our defensive game plan is probably different. And we don't know this kids mental makeup.  Maybe being named the starter gets him all tightened up and he comes out and throws three picks in the first half.  Some guys are great backups, horrible starters for just that reason.  Not saying you are wrong.  But no way to know for sure.

If Godwin doesn't have that horrible offensive pass interference call go against him at the end of the first half, maybe we win going away too.

Point taken.

Yes...Godwin's PI penalty remains a head-scratcher.  it came well after the infraction, which wasn't an infraction.  Had the ref tossed the flag as it happened, then his decision would have some merit.  Still would have been the wrong call, but easier to understand, as Godwin pushed the defender down to the ground to gain an advantage (in the eyes of the ref at least).

You can bet had we lost the game, PSU fans would be making a much bigger deal of that penalty.

There was plenty of poor officiating throughout the game. Mostly missed calls (tripping for example). But that one call was in a momentum changing time of game. If we score there, maybe we put the game away on the first drive of the second half. Or maybe we get cocky and lose. I'll take what we got.

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OT / Re: Upsets everywhere, college football edition
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:32 PM »
Wisconsin is leading LSU by 10 in the second quarter.  Thanks to Big Ten expansion, we get to dodge the Badgers this season.  Although we did upset them the last two years. 

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OT / Football: Hack Track(er)
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:27 PM »
I'm looking at the PSU passing record book.  It's pretty weak.  Hack might break every record on this list -- except the records "by a senior" -- by the end of next year.  Okay, a few might stand (completion percentage in a game is 91.7% -- which is tough to break when throwing 30+ passes per game), but most of the big records should fall.

I'll list several -- the first number will be the current record, the second will be where Hack stands currently.

Career yards:  7,212 - 3,409
Career attempts:  1,082 - 439
Career completions:  606 - 263
Career TD Passes:  43 - 21

The following are single season records with the second number being how Hack did as a true freshman.

Yards Passing:  3,266 - 2,955
Attempts:  446 - 392
Completions:  270 - 231
TD Passes:  24 - 20

At a glance, these are records Hack already owns:

Single game passing yards - 454
Single game passing yards by a sophomore - 454
Single game passing yards by a freshman - 339
Season passing yards by a freshman - 2,955
Pass attempts in a game - 55

I'm guessing he set a bunch of others (TD's in a season by a freshman, TD's in a game by a freshman), but I haven't found a very good source for all that info.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:53 PM »
Agree with tjb though.  Had UCF's "backup" QB been in from the start of the game, PSU does not win.

If he starts and plays the way he did in the second half, probably true.  But if he was the starter, our defensive game plan is probably different. And we don't know this kids mental makeup.  Maybe being named the starter gets him all tightened up and he comes out and throws three picks in the first half.  Some guys are great backups, horrible starters for just that reason.  Not saying you are wrong.  But no way to know for sure.

If Godwin doesn't have that horrible offensive pass interference call go against him at the end of the first half, maybe we win going away too.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 08:27 PM »
Hack's last two games: 53 of 77, 893 yards.

793 yards?

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OT / Re: Upsets everywhere, college football edition
« on: August 30, 2014, 05:39 PM »
NW is getting taken behind the woodshed by Cal.

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OT / Re: Upsets everywhere, college football edition
« on: August 30, 2014, 03:10 PM »
And PSU upset UCF.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:48 PM »
Navy leads 7-6 at halftime.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:04 PM »
Navy leads Ohio State 7-3 in the 2nd. Someone on the SEC network picked this as an upset. We'll see.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 12:50 PM »
Sam Ficken is my hero. Kid just keeps getting back up every time he gets knocked down. He mentioned just being happy for his teammates in his post game interview.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:14 AM »
Hack!!!????  Don't throw it there. You aren't Favre yet.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:09 AM »
Damn!   >:(

Get Haley in at CB. He has a big play in him.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:55 AM »
Single game passing yardage record is in jeopardy. Is it still 399 yards?

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:48 AM »
Starting to remind me of BO'Bs first game. Up in the first half. Couldn't put them away. DB had shot at making a play but ended up a TD the other way.

We need a TD drive here.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:58 AM »
Bad decision to not punt. Got away with it. We get the ball next.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:54 AM »
Horrible pass interference call. Screwed us big time there.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:43 AM »
Nice back to back 3 and outs sandwiched around a bad special teams penalty.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:35 AM »
Wasted opportunity. But 3 is better than UCF got when they were in that spot. So trying to be positive about the outcome. First game here for the staff. Still figuring things out.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:30 AM »
Hack getting time. Good calls by Donovan. Not as panicked as a day or two ago.

Line looks better this drive. Need to get more running room. And need to punch it in here.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:13 AM »
After 15 minutes:

Except for that last throw, Hack looks good. Hamilton, James and Lewis appear to be the main targets. The line needs work. Special Teams look like nothing changed. Defense -- I'm undecided. Didn't see enough yet.

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:03 AM »
Horrible throw.

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OT / Re: OT - Music Thread
« on: August 28, 2014, 07:20 PM »

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 28, 2014, 02:41 PM »
I'm really excited for this season also, but I just hope expectations are in check for this team.  I'm going to be really happy is PSU can win 8 games this year, but to hear some people around town you'd think we were going to win 10 or 11 games this season.  Think that many are underestimating the hole we're still digging out of.

Still, it should be really fun to watch what Franklin and Co. are planning to do with this program even if we have to take some lumps this year.

I predict that either UCF or Akron will beat us, but not both.  :)

I would also be thrilled with 8 wins.  I'll be happy with six.  I think this is the worst of the sanction years (barring something else going terribly wrong) and never sinking below .500 would be a very good result for the program (which I still feel got screwed by the NCAA).  Depth and inexperience could make for a long season. 

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OT / Re: Football: UCF Thread
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:38 PM »
Hopefully, 8:35 PM on Saturday, not 8:35 AM.
Dude, think about it.  Ireland is how many hours ahead of us?  If our TV time was 8:30PM the game would be played over there close to about the time the Pubs are shutting off all the Gueness taps.  HAS to be 8:30 am. 

Breakfast with the Lions!!

Wow, guess my comment flew right over your head.  I was hoping tjb's TV goes out at 8:35 PM instead of AM so he doesn't miss the game.

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