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Don’t think that the knocks against Penn State’s offense in 2016 have gone unnoticed

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Up in the frozen north (#winterishere), Penn State alum Tim Shaw is being honored by his high school alma mater, as they are renaming their football stadium in honor of the former Nittany Lion. Tim played for 6 years in the NFL before being diagnosed with ALS.

The first week of fall practice is in the books, and PennLive takes a look at some of the key sights and sounds. Several questions linger, including who will replace Chris Godwin, and what will become of the special teams returners.

In 2016, Penn State thrived on the deep ball, as Trace McSorley routinely chucked it deep for big gains - despite being mediocre in short-to-medium yardage. Coach Moorhead takes umbrage with the idea that he, McSorley, or the Penn State offense are one-trick ponies.

We’ve got less than 4 weeks to go until Penn State football, and the first preview of the season-opener against Akron is out. Anything can happen on any given Saturday, but it looks like Penn State should have a good week 1 scrimmage before Pitt comes to town.

Penn State is in a tier unto itself when it comes to quarterbacks on the roster - just not the top tier. The Lions have the #4 batch of quarterbacks in the country, allegedly, just behind the top group of Ohio State, Alabama, and Oklahoma.

We’ve discussed Kevin Givens on the site before (for reference: he’s gonna be good), and the man himself thinks that he had a “decent” season in 2016. Here’s a look at how 2017 may go for him, as he finds himself moving up the depth chart.

Lastly, fan favorite linebacker Brandon Smith is looking forward to an exciting 2017 season, following a breakout last year. However he’s utilized this year, it’s nice knowing that our linebackers have a little more depth than years past.