It’s the holiday season, which means many of us are taking time and care to find the perfect gift for our loved ones. With that in mind, what are some of the gifts you would want jolly ol’ Saint Nick to pull out of his bag for the Penn State football community?
Here are a few of my holiday wishes for the Penn State football family:
For Sean Spencer- a fresh new batch of Wild Dogs to complement a young and talented defensive line. In Penn State’s two losses, the lack of a pass rush played a huge part in allowing Michigan State and Ohio State’s offense to stay on the field, especially after injuries to Torrence Brown and Ryan Buchholz. Spencer may not need to wait until Christmas morning to receive his gift, thanks to the early signing period that will begin on Dec. 20.
For Matt Limegrover- a productive offseason to further develop the offensive line. The offensive line has been the main weakness for the program going back to the start of the NCAA sanctions. The staff has done a great job of adding depth and talent in the trenches, but are still at least one year of seeing results on the field. This offseason could be paramount for the offensive line to finally become a strength.
For Saquon Barkley- a Rookie of the Year trophy after being drafted by a team that has the ability to turn things around quickly. Let’s face it- as much as we’d love to see #26 in Happy Valley for another year, there’s no good reason for him to stick around since he will be earning his degree soon and NFL running backs have an incredibly short shelf life. He can be one of the most dynamic and electrifying players in the NFL from day one, so here’s hoping he’ll be selected by a team who can bounce back and become a contender, so all the world can be wowed by Barkley in meaningful NFL games for years to come.
For Marcus Allen and Mike Gesicki- a late first round pick where they are earn a major payday to play for a perennial Super bowl contender. Both have been projected in the second round, but here’s hoping a couple teams can’t pass on these two so they cab hear their names called in the first round.
For all of the seniors (and Saquon Barkley)- a Fiesta Bowl victory. The departing class for Penn State Football has done wonders to not just keep the program afloat, but to turn the program into a serious contender. They will now pass the torch to a new group of Nittany Lions with an exceptionally bright future. But first, they deserve to go out with one more victory before moving on to the next stage of their lives.
For James Franklin- a national championship trophy. He won’t be receiving one this year, but by golly I believe CJF will be bringing a title back to State College at some point in the future.
So what say you, BSD reader? What gifts would you like to bestow on the Penn State Football program?