It’s been a little more than a week since Penn State fell to the Kentucky Wildcats, and it already feels forgotten. The news from the last week has come fast and furious, and we’ve got plenty o’ links to discuss.
A new day on the horizon. Since Sean Clifford stole our hearts with his near perfect 2018 performance, Trace McSorley’s eventual replacement has been the subject of regular conversation. But there’s more to football than replacing your starting quarterback. We all know that Shareef Miller, Connor McGovern, Ryan Bates, Kevin Givens, and Miles Sanders elected to forgo their final year of eligibility and declared for the NFL Draft. Onward State’s Brian Bachman takes a look at their draft stock.
Meanwhile, John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times starts the next debate - who replaces all this departing junior talent?
Penn State doesn’t need to replace Micah Parsons next year, and thank goodness for that. The sky’s the limit for the rising sophomore linebacker.
Speaking of linebackers, one of Penn State’s best is moving into coaching earlier than expected. Sports Illustrated’s Jonathan Jones shows how Sean Lee’s veteran presence is helping train two young stars in Dallas.
Don’t look back in anger. Easier said than done as StateCollege.com’s Mike Poorman charts Penn State’s special teams collapse this year compared to 2016 and 2017.
In other news... Jack Crawford not only just had the best season of his professional career, but he’s been named the winner of the Ed Block Courage Award. According to The Falcoholic, our SBN Falcon’s affiliate, “the award is given to select NFL players who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, courage, and sportsmanship.” Congratulations to Jack! ... Spartans’ head basketball coach Tom Izzo thinks Pat Chambers’ recent suspension is “a joke”