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I agree and honestly am a little surprised in some being less optimistic about this offense. The defensive concerns are real, yet we have the talent to be good. Offensively, like you said, James, Carter, Robinson, and ZZ are going to be monsters. Most teams would be more than happy to have 4 guys of their caliber. People forget ZZ and James did their damage in really part of a year. When this staff talks up a player, which is not often, the kid is good. Last year, they talked about Carter the same way they are talking about Wilkerson (we see how he turned out) and Hixon said Lewis was the most skilled WR on the team. I think the QB is set up for success. ZZ, Robinson, and the TE's now know the system unlike last year. If Robinson and Lewis become 1A and 1B (no 1B last year), Belton and Lynch perform (did not have last year), and TE's all over with Wilkerson in Carter's ability range (added from last year), this unit can be very very good. Mac will have the OL ready and Smith played hurt last year. I have been to over 100 games in my life and consider myself a realist when it comes to the team. I truly think this offense potentially could be the best in a very long time including 1994 and 2008 if a couple of things go according to plan. I also think Hack, AB, and Hamilton all red shirt. Defense has skill but questions, but that could be its own thread.
Agreed. Many recent PSU teams with "talent" simply weren't good enough against high end teams. Talent is relative
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by MDS99 14 months ago
I think the void at FB and the depth at TE will lead to at least one new wrinkle in the offense.... an H-Back.
You mean like Jesse James and Kyle Carter lining up at FB or wing back?
We've already seen Jesse James line up in the backfield a few times.
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Thanks for picking up on the sarcasm
yes, like we've seen here and there, but more of it. I'd be curious to see Wilkerson focus on an H-back role this year.
This post was edited by spud358 14 months ago
Which loss hurts us more on offense, McGloin or Stank?
I'm gonna have to go with Stank because Bench will be an upgrade over McGloin based on arm strength and mobility alone. His legs will get him out of trouble a few times while he travels up the learning curve.
I forget, were they talking about Urschel or Mangiro playing center this season?
I guess I need to take another lunch break to fix my sarcasm meter.
Mangiro. Urschel has been a staple at G so hopefully he can stay there.
As for the QB spot, I think what goes on before the ball is even snapped is almost as important as what happens after and frankly, we don't know squat about any of these candidate's ability to read a defense and make pre-snap adjustments. McGloin was pretty limited physically, but he did a pretty good job in that respect which lead to the success he did find. If the next guy has a stronger arm and better mobility, but struggles to grasp the system or play up to speed, we could find ourselves wishing McGloin had another year.
I don't get it. But alright, I was being serious.
stank will be a big loss, very tough shuffling centers and qb's in one off-season.
I don't know.
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Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would EVER be saying something like this, hahaha. I agree with you though. I'm hoping that Bench, having the benefit of being a coach's kid, will pick up on the mental aspect quicker than most. His mobility should help get him out of trouble when he makes the wrong read. That's my very optimistic opinion.
For all we know Hack or Fergie or even one of the run-ons could come in and blow up spring/summer practice and get the job. Going in to spring ball Bench is my pick.
As long as whoever wins the job doesn't consistently take a 10-15 yard sack or two each game at the WORST possible moment, I'll be happy.
I want to see one this season.
I'm Pretty sure bench is a kid that transfered high schools between his junior and senior years going from a very run based system to pass spread offense. I think his senior highlights are on youtube. You can see most plays being 3-5 wide sets. Pretty impressive for a kid playing in a run based offense for 2-3 years to learn that kind of system at a new school in just one season. Hopefully that translates to this level.
It's also an interesting skill set to have played in both a triple option offense and a passing spread offense in HS.
We have one true stud and that is Kyle Carter. The play that he made against Iowa's #1 CB was nothing short of elite. Robinson is good, but he isn't crazy good.
The thing that BOB has shown me is that he can win with role players. He doesn't ask guys to do things that they struggle with too often. The only thing I was disappointed in with BOB was that he didn't have Belton motion into the slot too often. That is a mismatch that needs to be exploited at some point.
Our offensive efficiency in 2013 will hinge largely and almost solely on the ability of our QB to execute his tasks and properly manage the offense and game plan.
If BOB can find and develope that guy we will be very good offensively.
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