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Re: WiskyX3...HEART on your Sleeve, Pre-game

Postby Nat@PSU » Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:24 pm

Blue&White wrote:Man, it's only Monday and I am dying for this game. I can't recall the last time I was this excited about PSU football. No matter happens next, it's great to have this feeling again. It's been a really long time.



I couldn't agree more. I'm going to have a hard time making it to Saturday. Win or lose, what a great season. The future is really bright.
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Re: WiskyX3...HEART on your Sleeve, Pre-game

Postby We Are... » Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:08 pm

Here is some GOOD news!
The Lions' sophomore running back said he is "feeling fine" after injuring his right foot in last Saturday's victory over Michigan State.

http://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootba ... iver_index
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Re: WiskyX3...HEART on your Sleeve, Pre-game

Postby We Are... » Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:13 pm

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Re: WiskyX3...HEART on your Sleeve, Pre-game

Postby We Are... » Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:42 am

Well here we GO!:
Official Depth Chart
OFFENSE

Quarterback

9 Trace McSorley (6-0, 205, Jr./So.)

2 Tommy Stevens (6-4, 218, So./Fr.)

7 Jake Zembiec (6-3, 205, Fr./Fr.)



Running Back

26 Saquon Barkley (5-11, 223, So./So.)

6 Andre Robinson (5-9, 216, So./Fr.)

8 Mark Allen (5-6, 181, Jr./So.)

24 Miles Sanders (5-11, 205, Fr./Fr.)



Wide Receiver (X)

12 Chris Godwin (6-1, 205, Jr./Jr.)

84 Juwan Johnson (6-4, 213, So./Fr.)

31 Gordon Bentley (6-0, 198, Sr./Jr.)



Wide Receiver (H)

5 DaeSean Hamilton (6-1, 205, Sr./Jr.)

3 DeAndre Thompkins (5-11, 190, Jr./So.)

19 Gregg Garrity (5-10, 170, Sr./Sr.)



Wide Receiver (Z)

13 Saeed Blacknall (6-3, 212, Jr./Jr.)

3 DeAndre Thompkins (5-11, 190, Jr./So.)

11 Irvin Charles (6-4, 219, So./Fr.)



Tight End/H-Back

88 Mike Gesicki (6-6, 252, Jr./Jr.)

89 Tom Pancoast (6-3, 235, Sr./Jr.)

18 Jonathan Holland (6-4, 245, So./Fr.)



Left Tackle

52 Ryan Bates (6-4, 305, So./Fr.)

77 Chasz Wright (6-7, 343, Jr./So.)

76 Sterling Jenkins (6-8, 328, So./Fr.)



Left Guard

57 Steven Gonzalez (6-4, 334, So./Fr.)

53 Derek Dowrey (6-3, 323, Gr./Sr.)

55 Wendy Laurent (6-2, 297, Gr./Sr.)



Center

72 Brian Gaia (6-3, 295, Gr./Sr.)

64 Zach Simpson (6-3, 292, So./Fr.)

55 Wendy Laurent (6-2, 297, Gr./Sr.)



Right Guard

66 Connor McGovern (6-5, 310, Fr./Fr.)

55 Wendy Laurent (6-2, 297, Gr./Sr.)

53 Derek Dowrey (6-3, 323, Gr./Sr.)



Right Tackle

77 Chasz Wright (6-7, 343, Jr./So.)

75 Brendan Brosnan (6-6, 295, Jr./So.)

66 Connor McGovern (6-5, 310, Fr./Fr.)



DEFENSE



Defensive End

94 Evan Schwan (6-6, 263, Gr./Sr.)

19 Torrence Brown (6-3, 257, Jr./So.)

46 Colin Castagna (6-4, 253, So./So.)



Defensive Tackle

52 Curtis Cothran (6-5, 280, Sr./Jr.)

93 Antoine White (6-2, 290, Jr./So.)

30 Kevin Givens (6-1, 275, So./Fr.)



Defensive Tackle

41 Parker Cothren (6-4, 295, Sr./Jr.)

54 Robert Windsor (6-4, 305, So./Fr.)

56 Tyrell Chavis (6-3, 298, Jr./Jr.)



Defensive End

90 Garrett Sickels (6-4, 260, Sr./Jr.)

48 Shareef Miller (6-5, 255, So./Fr.)

97 Ryan Buchholz (6-6, 270, So./Fr.)



Will Linebacker

11 Brandon Bell (6-1, 233, Sr./Sr.)

31 Cam Brown (6-5, 215, Fr./Fr.)

20 Johnathan Thomas (5-11, 220, Jr./So.)



Middle Linebacker

40 Jason Cabinda (6-1, 232, Jr./Jr.)

47 Brandon Smith (6-0, 228, Sr./Jr.)

11 Brandon Bell (6-1, 233, Sr./Sr.)



Sam Linebacker

43 Manny Bowen (6-1, 220, So./So.)

7 Koa Farmer (6-1, 222, Jr./So.)

11 Brandon Bell (6-1, 233, Sr./Sr.)



Boundary Cornerback

29 John Reid (5-10, 191, So./So.)

1 Christian Campbell (6-1, 194, Jr./Jr.)

17 Garrett Taylor (6-0, 193, So./Fr.)



Free Safety

2 Marcus Allen (6-2, 202, Jr./Jr.)

28 Troy Apke (6-1, 206, Jr./Jr.)

9 Jarvis Miller (6-2, 205, So./Fr.)



Strong Safety

6 Malik Golden (6-0, 205, Gr./Sr.)

4 Nick Scott (5-11, 200, Jr./So.)

23 Ayron Monroe (5-11, 204, So./Fr.)



Field Cornerback

15 Grant Haley (5-9, 185, Jr./Jr.)

21 Amani Oruwariye (6-1, 201, Jr./So.)

12 Jordan Smith (5-10, 185, Sr./Sr.)



SPECIAL TEAMS



Punter

93 Blake Gillikin (6-2, 182, Fr./Fr.)

92 Daniel Pasquariello (6-1, 197, Jr./Jr.)



Kicker

95 Tyler Davis (5-11, 180, Sr./Jr.)

99 Joey Julius (5-10, 258, Jr./So.)

90 Alex Barbir (5-9, 195, Fr./Fr.)



Kick Offs

99 Joey Julius (5-10, 258, Jr./So.)

95 Tyler Davis (5-11, 180, Sr./Jr.)

90 Alex Barbir (5-9, 195, Fr./Fr.)



Holder

16 Billy Fessler (5-11, 188, Jr./So.)

93 Blake Gillikin (6-2, 182, Fr./Fr.)



Long Snapper

44 Tyler Yazujian (5-11, 235, 5th/Sr.)

41 Zach Ladonis (6-2, 236, Sr./Jr.)

96 Kyle Vasey (6-2, 242, Jr./So.)



Kickoff Returners

24 Miles Sanders (5-11, 205, Fr./Fr.)

11 Irvin Charles (6-4, 219, So./Fr.)

4 Nick Scott (5-11, 200, Jr./So.)

26 Saquon Barkley (5-11, 223, So./So.)



Punt Returners

29 John Reid (5-10, 191, So./So.)

19 Gregg Garrity (5-10, 170, Sr./Sr.)

3 DeAndre Thompkins (5-11, 190, Jr./So.)

8 Mark Allen (5-6, 181, Jr./So.)
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Re: WiskyX3...HEART on your Sleeve, Pre-game

Postby pennst92 » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:45 pm

About coaches. Shoop, Donovan, Hand - none were missed. In retrospect, I'm a bit surprised by how well the new coaches performed. Donovan was terrible (I think we can all agree), but Hand and Shoop were known for their work on the Oline and Defense, taking kids who were a step slower, 5lbs lighter and making them into cohesive units. JoMo, Limegrover & Pry all outperformed their predecessors by a wide margin.
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Re: WiskyX3...HEART on your Sleeve, Pre-game

Postby Blue&White » Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:03 pm

but Hand and Shoop were known for their work on the Oline and Defense, taking kids who were a step slower, 5lbs lighter and making them into cohesive units.

With regards to Hand, I think you can add "and getting Christian Hackenburg planted into the turf for 30 minutes every football Saturday". We discussed this at the time and I thought Shoop was a big loss but I thought Hand leaving was addition by subtraction. I was wrong about Shoop. He was a good coach but we managed to move on pretty well without him. Funny enough, I recall he left for UT because he felt they were closer to breaking through to an elite school. How'd that work out for you, Shoop?!
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Re: WiskyX3...HEART on your Sleeve, Pre-game

Postby originalchas » Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:08 pm

JoMo, Limegrover & Pry all outperformed their predecessors by a wide margin.


I think we all agree with the observation above. I think it would be interesting to get everyone's take on which of these men is most responsible for the success we have seen this year?

My answer is Coach Pry. He was tasked with replacing an assistant coach who did very well for us the past two years, so Pry's challenge was different from the other two coaches. Add to that the rash of injuries that the team suffered at linebacker and the need we had to replace three defensive linemen who went to the NFL. The first four games were uneven for Pry, but the steady improvement since then has been terrific. Last nite it was mentioned on the Big Ten Network that Penn State gave up less than 3 yards a carry to opponents during this winning streak. That one stat tells us all we need to know about the performance of the defense.
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Re: WiskyX3...HEART on your Sleeve, Pre-game

Postby SouthernLion » Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:43 pm

I was actually thinking about this before your post, chas. And my choice is.....Sean Spencer. Sent three guys to the NFL last year, everyone moaned how the DL would be a weak spot in 2016 and, wow, look at the results: 10 guys who are all good enough to rotate in, with tons on youth to spare. No one here even mentions LJSr anymore and he was some big shoes to fill.
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Re: WiskyX3...HEART on your Sleeve, Pre-game

Postby We Are... » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:53 pm

A little incite into the mentality leading into Sat. night:

Penn State cornerback John Reid said he and his Lions teammates are not preparing for the Big Ten title game any differently than they did for regular season games.

Considering the program's week at a time approach, that shouldn't come as a surprise.

"Every championship game, you want to approach it; you want to have your preparation and things the same, and you're obviously going to be a little bit more pumped up," Reid said on a conference call on Wednesday morning.

"Obviously going to be pumped up, but just make sure you're keeping your preparation how it's been. I feel like most guys have been preparing like it's a championship game [all season], so not much has changed."


Again, I think this team is about as prepared for this game as they could be...they were built for this game.
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Re: WiskyX3...HEART on your Sleeve, Pre-game

Postby pennst92 » Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:41 pm

I am so proud of this team, the staff and the University today. I am looking forward to this game tonight more than any game since Ohio State 2005. This is a coming out party for CJF and the team, to show the nation what adversity overcome looks like. I believe in 'We Are's' heart, but I believe in the planning and execution that's been put in play as well, and think we will be ready for whatever Wisky has to offer.

That said, I think this game is a close matchup. Certainly, their staff and players are as pumped for this game as we are - to that affect, I expect a close game that goes down to the end. Could even go into overtime.

Regardless of what happens, this has been a phenomenal season & I'm so happy that I've followed the team so closely this year. Can't wait til kickoff. May the best team win (and may it be us).
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