Moving Up Marcus Allen could be in for a huge change as he prepares for his second year in the NFL - a move from safety to linebacker. While it’s a major shift at this stage, the switch shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who followed Allen’s career in Happy Valley. Allen always had a linebacker’s mentality, making plays all over the field and never hesitating to lower the boom in run support. As one of Penn State’s most fearsome hitters in recent years with an outstanding nose for the ball, Allen could very well thrive in his new role.
Moving East A rarity occurred over the weekend of the draft, as the Philadelphia Eagles welcomed a total of four Nittany Lions (by drafting Miles Sanders and Shareef Miller and signing DeAndre Thompkins and Ryan Bates), who will continue being teammates in their new city. Miles Sanders is already expected to play a significant role in the Eagles offense next season, while the Eagles may have found a major value by signing Ryan Bates, who somehow did not hear his name called during the draft. Anyways, who’s ready to watch Sanders and Saquon Barkley face off twice a year??
Moving On The 2020 NFL Draft could be a busy weekend for the Nittany Lions, who could reasonably see 13 current players (plus one former LION) hear their names called. According to Sporting News’ big board, Penn State has just one player who narrowly made it into their way-too-early top 50.
Fell in Love with a QB, Fell in Love Once and Almost Completely Here’s something that will come as no surprise to any Penn State fan- the Baltimore Ravens coaches and personnel completely fell in love with Trace McSorley, and were eager to snatch him up in the sixth round. While he competes for a chance to ultimately play quarterback, expect McSorley to see the field and contribute in a variety of ways.
Add to My Collection, the Selection Symbolizes Dope The State College Spikes announced plans for three upcoming bobblehead giveaways featuring Penn Staters Trace McSorley (in the midst of his now-famous home run swing), David Taylor and Blair Thomas. I cannot confirm or deny that Patrick is already camping out to ensure he receives a Trace bobblehead. This also gives me the opportunity to let you know that Blair Thomas is a true standout in Tecmo Super Bowl. If you can juke past the first defender, he’s gone. And if not, just mash the A and B buttons and watch him throw off several would-be tacklers.
A Lucky Man Who Made the Grade Enjoy this day in the life feature on head bald coach James Franklin. A typical day for Franklin involves little sleep, but plenty of time thinking about who will start opposite Yetur Gross-Matos.