Penn State’s primary goal in the Pinstripe Bowl will simply be to break out of its season-long rut any way possible.
Is that asking too much after a month to work on things? Well …
Because, win or lose, most every one of the Nittany Lions’ games this season followed a similar script: settle in and play tough, elite defense; fail to protect their quarterback; commit a flurry of offensive mistakes; and punctuate it all with a grab bag of results on special teams.
We all saw what that got them to New York City. They lost as many as they won and now have a date Saturday afternoon with Boston College.
And with continued depth issues and several high-quality talents still redshirting, we could easily see things playing out the same way as before in Yankee Stadium.
Yet another low-scoring defeat with all kinds of close calls and what-could-have-beens?
At least, here are five keys to the Lion snapping out of their funk … just enough … to secure a winning season:
1. Spread it around Everyone knows the abilities of reliable pass-catcher DaeSean Hamilton. He’s not a deep threat, but he’s consistently productive on bubble screens and all kinds of intermediate routes. But the Lions’ offense needs to get the other wideouts involved early and often. If Geno Lewis isn’t getting separation, than one of the kids must step up in a big way. We’re talking about Chris Godwin, Saeed Blacknall and Mike Gesicki. Time to grow up. Continue reading “Judging Penn State’s Pinstripe Pressure Points” »