Hey, remember that time Marcus Allen blocked that field goal attempt against Ohio State last season?
Here, let me refresh your memory.
Still gives you chills, doesn’t it? Well, imagine that play transpiring exactly as it occurred, only this time, imagine it being accompanied by a yellow flag and a 15-yard penalty.
That’s the rule that will be enforced from now on for those plays. PennLive’s Greg Pickel also touches on the new targeting and horse collar rule expansions, but the leaping block rule stands as the most prominent rule change.
The reasoning behind the rule change is understandable as player safety should be a top priority. Still, we’ll miss these unforgettable moments and have even more of a reason to have Allen’s magnificent block on repeat 24/7.
Two-QB System Looming?
Every football coach will say they want two No. 1 quarterbacks on their roster.
The security of having a capable backup is enticing, but can turn toxic when trying to fairly delegate the playing time while keeping both players happy.
James Franklin is in the midst of that situation. Trace McSorley is the clear starter, but Tommy Stevens has too much talent to not play. Onward State’s Ethan Kasales explains why Stevens needs to stay involved in the Nittany Lions’ offense, likening the situation to the Matt McGloin-Rob Bolden debate from earlier in this decade and to Florida’s Tim Tebow-Chris Leak scenario from 2006.
While Stevens may not play an essential snap this season, it will still be fun to watch him truck opposing defenders during garbage time.
On the Ice
Ticket sales for the game were originally split up into three waves. Season ticket holders would have the right of first refusal, followed by a pre-sale for Nittany Lion club members. General public sales were scheduled for August 1.
Due to a seemingly overwhelming demand for the tickets, the general public will now have to hope for resale tickets to become available.
The Sabres/Penguins matchup isn’t the only hockey game being hyped. Earlier in the week, the men’s hockey team announced this season’s White Out game.
This year’s contest will have trouble living up to the hype that surrounded last season’s matchup. Just a few days prior to that January 20 game against Ohio State, the Nittany Lions were voted the No. 1 team in the nation for the first time in program history, and created one of the most electrifying atmospheres in the Arena’s history.
Luck of the Draw
Eleven Warriors’ Andrew Lind asked inarguably the most important question from the Big Ten Media Days: Can the players draw their team’s logo?
The results were varied and, unsurprisingly, those who spend much of their time on the gridiron aren’t exactly the best artists.
A trio of Nittany Lions — Mike Gesicki, Marcus Allen and Jason Cabinda — tried their hand at drawing Penn State’s chipmunk logo. Here were the results:
Onward State’s Mikey Mandarino graded these drawings and was more generous with the grading than pretty much any Penn State professor.