Bill, that joke was so horrible I had to steal it. Anyway, Allen Robinson put on a show at Penn State's pro day, improving on basically all his numbers from the combine in February. A-Rob shaved his 40-time from 4.6 to 4.42 seconds, added a few inches to both his vertical leap and broad jumps--to 42 inches and 12 feet, respectively, and perhaps most impressively, cut almost half a second off his 3-cone drill. There's no doubt that his performance turned some heads from the 26 scouts, and some of the pundits, in attendance.
But Robinson wasn't the only Penn Stater to have a big day on Tuesday: Glenn Carson, who wasn't invited to the combine and was considered unlikely to be drafted, went insane at Holuba, running a 4.7 40-yard dash at 238 pounds, to go along with 30 bench press reps and a 35-inch vertical. For comparison, those would've ranked third, first, and second, respectively, among inside linebackers at the combine. They're almost identical to those of consensus first-rounder C.J. Mosley. Dude might just make it in the league after all.
Those two might have been the headliners, but plenty of other NFL-hopefuls had a chance to boost their stock, from the surely-drafteds (DaQuan Jones and John Urschel) to the potential camp fodder (Brandon Felder and Adam Gress).
"I'm Not Letting You Go Anywhere Else"
How has James Franklin been pulling in recruits who seemed destined to go elsewhere? Persistence, charisma, and a metric shit-ton of handwritten letters, according to the commits that ESPN's Josh Moyer talked to--including Josh Barajas and Steven Gonzalez, both of whom expected to go elsewhere. And it's Franklin's ability to relate to the players that's made the biggest difference from Bill O'Brien's pitch.
Multiply Aggressive, Part 2
Bob Shoop is Penn State's fourth defensive coordinator in as many years, but his plans to mix-and-match personnel might be unparalleled. He's experimenting this spring with nickel- and dime-defenses (imagine that, having six defensive backs! Not on the field, on the roster), 3-4 fronts, and LB-safety hybrids in an aim to slow down the up-tempo spread offenses that teams like Indiana and Ohio State run. Hopefully, he'll do a better job at that than John Butler.
SERIOUSLY, PEOPLE, STOP GETTING ARRESTED:
A day after Jason Cabinda's DUI arrest came to light, the Patriot-News reported that offensive lineman Anthony Alosi--who was expected to figure heavily into the rotation this offseason as he fights for a starting spot--had been charged with assault last month, stemming from an altercation in January. The first big test of James Franklin's Penn State tenure might be in determining fair discipline for Alosi and Cabinda.
In Scores of Other Games:
Another year, another terrible list of commencement speakers at Penn State ... Penn State baseball is off to its best start in years, thanks to Dave Joyner hire Rob Cooper ... Joe Paterno finished behind Darth Vader in the write-in votes for Penn State student government ... #CancellRovell ... The BJC is a really, really, really bad place to watch a basketball game.