Back-to-Back ROYS? According to Pro Football Focus, Kyler Murray has the best chance to be awarded Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019. This makes complete sense, as he was the first overall pick of the draft and will likely be the Arizona Cardinals’ new starting quarterback. Right behind Murray, though, is former Nittany Lion and brand new Philadelphia Eagle, running back Miles Sanders. The Eagles brass couldn’t be more excited about having Sanders join their backfield.
Running Wild Speaking of running backs, Bob Flounders takes a close look at the position group that is brimming with talent, despite Sanders’ early departure. Meanwhile, a former Penn State running back came back to earn his degree while honoring his late father.
Lucky Number Seven Trace McSorley will be sporting a new number in Baltimore, possibly to honor the name that would have been given to the firstborn child of George Costanza.
Say-Quads Saquon Barkley rubbed elbows with high society at Monday’s Met Gala, and made sure to class it up while also showing off those infamous thighs.
Swinging is Winning 247 breaks down the Big Ten’s biggest swing games of 2019, with two of the Nittany Lions major clashes making an appearance. The Iowa-Nebraska game, set for that glorious day after Thanksgiving where you can stuff your face with leftovers while watching college football on a Friday afternoon, seems high at #2, but at this point could be the most likely to determine the Big Ten West Division.
It’s May, What Else is There to Talk About? Sporting News released an updated preseason Top 25, with Penn State coming in at #12. Ohio State (#5), Michigan (#9), Wisconsin (#21), Northwestern (#24) and Nebraska (#25) also made the cut. The predicted playoff scenario looks awfully familiar with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma (in that order) with Ohio State just on the outside looking in. That top three — Clemson, Alabama and Georgia — understandably are sitting as the national championship favorites for the 2020 season. These are bound to fluctuate as things move along throughout the off season, but now could be a good time to jump on an underdog. If you think you’ve found that diamond in the rough (say Penn State or....Army?), you can make sports bets at these sites. Penn State is currently sitting at +7600 but that could shift over the coming months.
Reid-ing the Tea Leaves In another fun list meant to pass the time before late August, ESPN created a list of future coaches on each top 25 team. The selection for Penn State was a fairly obvious one, with cornerback and notorious film junkie John Reid earning the distinction.