Brennan Chat: Sept. 20 Archive

We have the archive of Wednesday's Chat with FightOnState.com editor Mark Brennan. Mark provides us with an insight into everything happening with Penn State football. Gary Housteau will host a Chat at 1 p.m. Thursday and Steve Helwagen will host one at 1 p.m. Friday.

BuckeyePaul (Sep 20, 2006 9:48:47 AM)
Hi, Mark. At times Texas tried to cover Ginn one-on-one while Cincinnati had better success controlling Ginn. What type of scheme works better for Penn State?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 9:49:21 AM)
They may try King one on one but I think overall you will see zone

BuckeyePaul (Sep 20, 2006 9:50:41 AM)
King is one heck of a good athlete. Have they used him on offense yet this year?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 9:51:52 AM)
No Paul, they have not. They are pretty strong at wideout without him. They have Butler, Norwood, Williams and a couple of kids -- Bell and Wallace -- who are all good

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 9:52:46 AM)
Penn State has made huge strides at wideout in the past two seasons, and all of its best players there are sophomores and freshmen

BuckeyePaul (Sep 20, 2006 9:53:17 AM)
How is Poz's health?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 9:54:02 AM)
He is starting to round back into form. They fitted him with a lighter, more flexible brace last week and he seemed to move better vs. YSU. But it was YSU

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 9:54:21 AM)
Ha ha. OSU gets the Penguins next year.

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 9:54:30 AM)
He wants to bag the brace completely but the doctors have not allowed him to do so as of yet

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 9:54:59 AM)
I'm guessing the Penguins are not the worst team on PSU's slate this year

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 9:55:11 AM)
Temple comes calling in November

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 9:55:17 AM)
And Illinois in October

BuckeyePaul (Sep 20, 2006 9:55:31 AM)
How is PSU recruiting in Ohio? In on any big names?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 9:56:41 AM)
They have a commit from the kid from Massillon, Andrew Dailey. Not sure what else they can get done there this year

red (Sep 20, 2006 9:56:44 AM)
is Poz feeling the after effects of his knee injury?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 9:57:46 AM)
Hi red. He says he is not. I think a bigger issue is they moved him from OLB to MLB, and he is not able to run around and make as many plays in there. If you look, Connor is posting big tackle numbers outside

red (Sep 20, 2006 9:59:02 AM)
why did they do that when is is such a playmaker?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:00:08 AM)
I think sometimes coach want to fix things that are not broken. Another thing is they wanted to get a sophomore, Sean Lee, on the field. He is too light to play MLB. So they moved Tim Shaw to DE and Posluszny to MLB

red (Sep 20, 2006 10:00:41 AM)
ok thanks

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:00:53 AM)
Like Posluszny, Lee and Connor are both legit

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:01:02 AM)
np, red

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 10:01:10 AM)
I want to ask about Morelli and his maturation. Have you been impressed with him so far?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:02:07 AM)
I think they made in mistake in NOT redshirting him as a true freshman in 2004. He barely played behind Mills and Robinson. So he is really in his second year of being a contributor

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:02:33 AM)
with that in mind, yes, I think he has been about what everyone expected so far. He has a big upside, I think. Great arm.

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:03:09 AM)
he just has to improve on checkdowns -- not trying to beat opponents deep on every play

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 10:03:28 AM)
What was the extent of Derrick Williams' injury and has he rebounded?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:04:34 AM)
Williams broke and arm at Michigan last year. He could have played in the Orange Bowl but they did not want to gamble. He's fine. He is in a position now, though, where people are keying on him. That's different from last season. He is adjusting to the added attention.

stump44 (Sep 20, 2006 10:04:41 AM)
Are you at all worried about your speed on the corners matching up against the OSU speed at wideout?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:05:44 AM)
Speed is not an issue with PSU corners. Experience, or lack thereof, is. King is very, very fast. Davis moves well, too.

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:05:46 AM)
How many more years does Joe Pa hold on for?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:06:41 AM)
I've stopped trying to guess that one, chuangtsu

calbuck79 (Sep 20, 2006 10:06:44 AM)
Will DE Jim shaw play saturday?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:07:07 AM)
Yes, calbuck. Doubt he'll be at full strength, though

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:07:10 AM)
What exactly happened in the Notre Dame game? It seemed like Penn St. was even with them thru the first half and then everything fell apart.

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:08:26 AM)
It was simple: Notre Dame made the most of every Penn State mistake. Penn State did not capitalize on the Irish errors. PSU dropped two picks early in the game, did not fall on a fumble and blew a field goal. You can't do that against good teams like Ohio State

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:08:56 AM)
Morelli had a fumble on an option play early in the second half. It was returned for a score and everything came unraveled

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:08:33 AM)
What is the tone of practice this week? Hearing anything?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:10:17 AM)
chuangtsu, I think the players and coaches feel they have to redeem themselves after laying the proverbial egg in South Bend

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:10:25 AM)
Who gets Toney Clemons?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:12:09 AM)
I don't think Penn State, chuangtsu. PSU may have a better shot with the Williams kid from Erie

stump44 (Sep 20, 2006 10:12:21 AM)
I know Tress says PSU D is based on stopping the run much like OSU. How does PSU front match up against OSU OL?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:14:04 AM)
Alford and Ed Johnson are both good DTs. But with Jim Shaw hurt, you have to wonder about the DEs. PSU is playing the former LB Tim Shaw at one end spot, I believe feeling his speed may help contain Smith in the pocket. We'll see

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:14:11 AM)
why didn't Penn St red-shirt Morelli? Seems like a waste....

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:15:09 AM)
It was a waste, chuangtsu. Not sure we've ever recevied a good answer on that one

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:15:18 AM)
Will Penn St try to limit the number of times that T. Smith runs, or do you think they play him straight up?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:16:28 AM)
I believe they will try to make him beat them with his arm, which is a very dangerous proposition. He has really developed as a passer. But that strategy worked for them last year.

naperbuck (Sep 20, 2006 10:17:14 AM)
In what facet of the game do you think PSU has an advantage over OSU--any matchups where PSU has the edge?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:19:15 AM)
Hi naper. Maybe the PSU receivers vs. the OSU secondary. But that could be mitigated by the OSU defensive line vs. the PSU offensive line. That line matchup will be very important. Penn State has to protect Morelli and get some sort of running game going

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:20:03 AM)
Penn State has really struggled in terms of TOP this year, and that has to change to have any shot at the Shoe

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:19:20 AM)
Did we get a Mark Brennan prediction? Score?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:20:22 AM)
Only if I get a prediction fro you, chuangtsu

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:20:38 AM)
I'm calling it Penn State 17...

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:20:45 AM)
Buckeyes 24, Penn State 13

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:20:58 AM)
...Ohio State 28. (Thought I was going to pick the Lions, didn't you?)

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 10:21:11 AM)
ha ha, must be an 11-point game

stump44 (Sep 20, 2006 10:21:19 AM)
How much patience will PSU be with the running game?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:23:00 AM)
Hi stump. I think that depends on who, if anyone, gets off to a hot start. If Ohio State gets a quick lead, PSU might not have the luxury of being patient. If it is tight, the Lions will take their time and try to grind it out

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:23:10 AM)
Who does Penn St lose in the draft/graduation this year? What does next year's club look like?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:24:23 AM)
On defense, Posluszny and Alford are the big-name seniors. On offense, tackle Levi Brown and Tony Hunt.

Copleybuck (Sep 20, 2006 10:24:26 AM)
Beyond this season and with Paterno's recruiting getting better the past couple of years how are the future PSU teams looking.

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:26:02 AM)
Hi Copley. That ties in with the previous question. I think PSU has kind of re-established itself in a sense. The program has enough talent now that seasons like 2003 and '04 should not happen. But we'll see

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:26:19 AM)
what surprises, if any, do you think Joe Pa has in store for the Buckeyes?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:26:26 AM)
One other guy to look out for in the draft next year is Jim Shaw. He is a workout freak. Can ben 225 40 times. He's just been injury prone here.

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:27:21 AM)
I think they work on more passes to the backs, especially Hunt, to work on ball control.

ToledoBucknutty (Sep 20, 2006 10:27:34 AM)
What are PSU's strengths and weaknesses this year? It seems like they have some talent back.....did they lose a lot in the secondary from last year. I haven't seen much of Penn State....friends got married on that night last year and, what do you know, I have another wedding Saturday. JERKS!!!!

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 10:27:48 AM)
Sorry about your luck ... sounds like you need new friends (ha ha).

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:28:58 AM)
Penn State has a good tailback, outstanding receivers and a strong-armed QB. The offensive line is in rebuilding mode, which figures to be an issue in Columbus. The defensive line has new faces but should be fine, though it lacks depth. Linebackers are outstanding. Secondary is young but very athletic.

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:30:10 AM)
Special teams have been an issue for PSU all season

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:29:12 AM)
Who wins the Big 10 this year?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:29:59 AM)
Illinois

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 10:30:06 AM)
Ha ha

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:30:13 AM)
Just kidding. I think the Buckeyes are the class of the league. Michigan second. Then a toss-up for third among Iowa, Penn State and maybe Michigan State

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:30:22 AM)
Can Penn State run the ball on the outside? The Buckeys certainly have had holes open up on the outside.

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:31:15 AM)
Yes, Williams can get to the corner when the put him at TB. So can the Wallace kid, who really moves. Hunt is not a real outside threat.

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:32:08 AM)
The backup tailback, Rodney Kinlaw, is a burner, too

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:32:56 AM)
Penn State has really improved its team speed

Pastor Jack (Sep 20, 2006 10:31:43 AM)
Is it true that it will take the retirement of Bobby Bowden before JoPa even thinks about hanging up his white socks?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:33:23 AM)
Pastor Jack, I don't think one really care what the other is doing. They get along very well.

ottobuck (Sep 20, 2006 10:33:36 AM)
What's your special teams look like? Are you worried about TG?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:35:09 AM)
Hi otto. PSU has been solid on kick coverage. The field goal unit has been a disaster, though. And the Lions have had all sorts of issues with penalites on punt returns. I think every opponent worries about Ginn's speed. But Penn State has enough speed of its own that it should be in decent shape.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 10:35:14 AM)
He had a punt return TD vs. PSU 2 years ago, I'm sure they know better than to let that happen again.

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:35:42 AM)
And they did a good job against him at Beaver Stadium last year, Steve

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 10:35:46 AM)
Yep

stump44 (Sep 20, 2006 10:35:26 AM)
I know it is pretty tuff to get tickets away from OSU fans, with that being said how many fans do you see making the trip?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:36:43 AM)
That's a good question, stump. Penn State fans were all over South Bend a couple of weeks ago. I think the disappointment of that game may impact how many travel to Columbus. But overall, PSU always travels well.

ottobuck (Sep 20, 2006 10:36:50 AM)
Does Joe Pa take naps at halftime? (kidding ha ha) Does anyone at PSU want to follow him whenever he retires?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:38:09 AM)
Does anyone want to follow him? It is more like everyone wants to follow him. If the hire comes from inside the staff, my guess is it will be Tom Bradley. I'm not sure they will stay inhouse, though.

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:38:51 AM)
Seems like Posluszny has lost a step in just watching bits here and there. From your experience watching him does it seem like he is not quite the same?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:40:40 AM)
I have not seen the type of speed he used to track down Troy Smith from behind in last year's game yet this season. But he seems to have gotten faster by the week. I'm anxious to see how he moved this weekend and if he is still wearing the brace.

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:40:49 AM)
I argue with my Penn State buddy about Jim T and Joe Pa. I think that JT is similar to Joe Pa in the way he carries himself, his love for the school, his "old school" mentality, etc. If you love Joe Pa you should also love JT. Do you see any similarities? (Steven you too, if you don't mind)

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 10:41:50 AM)
I agree, I see those type of similarities. These are not hired guns like a Steve Spurrier at South Carolina. These are people who are associated first and foremost with the school. They are strong positive ambassadors of their schools as well.

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:42:21 AM)
Paterno spoke yesterday about how much he likes JT and how much he liked his father, as well. I think there is a lot of respect there, both ways, which is good

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:42:48 AM)
I'm not sure Paterno is quite so high on another coach of a power program in the Big Ten

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:43:33 AM)
but I won't name names, (cough, Lloyd Carr, cough)

ottobuck (Sep 20, 2006 10:44:06 AM)
Lllloyd is spelled like this!

stump44 (Sep 20, 2006 10:43:37 AM)
Does PSU have any surprise players that were not on the radar last year, kinda like Anderson Russell for the Bucks?

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:46:25 AM)
Stump, I don't think there are any huge surprises here. Butler and Norwood were big surprises last year. In closing, I want to say thank for having me. I love the job Steve and crew do at Bucknuts and we try to steel good ideas from them as often as possible. Have a great weekend, everyone.

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 10:46:42 AM)
Mark, thanks again, FOS.com is a great site and we appreciate you stopping by!!!!!

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:46:48 AM)
Great chat Steve... I don't know what I would do without you and your chats!

MacAuley says BuckeyesBy17 (Sep 20, 2006 10:46:50 AM)
Thanks Mark & Steve. GO BUCKS!!!

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:46:53 AM)
I apologize for my poor typing, too

SteveHelwagen (Sep 20, 2006 10:46:59 AM)
No problem at all.

ottobuck (Sep 20, 2006 10:47:02 AM)
Thanks ! Good luck!

MacAuley says BuckeyesBy17 (Sep 20, 2006 10:47:03 AM)
O - H !!!

chuangtsu (Sep 20, 2006 10:47:06 AM)
OH...

ottobuck (Sep 20, 2006 10:47:16 AM)
IO

Mark Brennan (Sep 20, 2006 10:47:43 AM)
See you everyone

stump44 (Sep 20, 2006 10:47:47 AM)
IO

ToledoBucknutty (Sep 20, 2006 10:49:33 AM)
Thanks Mark!




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","mobileBody":" (Sep 20, 2006 9:48:47 AM)
Hi, Mark. At times Texas tried to cover Ginn one-on-one while Cincinnati had better success controlling Ginn. What type of scheme works better for Penn State?

(Sep 20, 2006 9:49:21 AM)
They may try King one on one but I think overall you will see zone

(Sep 20, 2006 9:50:41 AM)
King is one heck of a good athlete. Have they used him on offense yet this year?

(Sep 20, 2006 9:51:52 AM)
No Paul, they have not. They are pretty strong at wideout without him. They have Butler, Norwood, Williams and a couple of kids -- Bell and Wallace -- who are all good

(Sep 20, 2006 9:52:46 AM)
Penn State has made huge strides at wideout in the past two seasons, and all of its best players there are sophomores and freshmen

(Sep 20, 2006 9:53:17 AM)
How is Poz's health?

(Sep 20, 2006 9:54:02 AM)
He is starting to round back into form. They fitted him with a lighter, more flexible brace last week and he seemed to move better vs. YSU. But it was YSU

(Sep 20, 2006 9:54:21 AM)
Ha ha. OSU gets the Penguins next year.

(Sep 20, 2006 9:54:30 AM)
He wants to bag the brace completely but the doctors have not allowed him to do so as of yet

(Sep 20, 2006 9:54:59 AM)
I'm guessing the Penguins are not the worst team on PSU's slate this year

(Sep 20, 2006 9:55:11 AM)
Temple comes calling in November

(Sep 20, 2006 9:55:17 AM)
And Illinois in October

(Sep 20, 2006 9:55:31 AM)
How is PSU recruiting in Ohio? In on any big names?

(Sep 20, 2006 9:56:41 AM)
They have a commit from the kid from Massillon, Andrew Dailey. Not sure what else they can get done there this year

(Sep 20, 2006 9:56:44 AM)
is Poz feeling the after effects of his knee injury?

(Sep 20, 2006 9:57:46 AM)
Hi red. He says he is not. I think a bigger issue is they moved him from OLB to MLB, and he is not able to run around and make as many plays in there. If you look, Connor is posting big tackle numbers outside

(Sep 20, 2006 9:59:02 AM)
why did they do that when is is such a playmaker?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:00:08 AM)
I think sometimes coach want to fix things that are not broken. Another thing is they wanted to get a sophomore, Sean Lee, on the field. He is too light to play MLB. So they moved Tim Shaw to DE and Posluszny to MLB

(Sep 20, 2006 10:00:41 AM)
ok thanks

(Sep 20, 2006 10:00:53 AM)
Like Posluszny, Lee and Connor are both legit

(Sep 20, 2006 10:01:02 AM)
np, red

(Sep 20, 2006 10:01:10 AM)
I want to ask about Morelli and his maturation. Have you been impressed with him so far?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:02:07 AM)
I think they made in mistake in NOT redshirting him as a true freshman in 2004. He barely played behind Mills and Robinson. So he is really in his second year of being a contributor

(Sep 20, 2006 10:02:33 AM)
with that in mind, yes, I think he has been about what everyone expected so far. He has a big upside, I think. Great arm.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:03:09 AM)
he just has to improve on checkdowns -- not trying to beat opponents deep on every play

(Sep 20, 2006 10:03:28 AM)
What was the extent of Derrick Williams' injury and has he rebounded?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:04:34 AM)
Williams broke and arm at Michigan last year. He could have played in the Orange Bowl but they did not want to gamble. He's fine. He is in a position now, though, where people are keying on him. That's different from last season. He is adjusting to the added attention.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:04:41 AM)
Are you at all worried about your speed on the corners matching up against the OSU speed at wideout?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:05:44 AM)
Speed is not an issue with PSU corners. Experience, or lack thereof, is. King is very, very fast. Davis moves well, too.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:05:46 AM)
How many more years does Joe Pa hold on for?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:06:41 AM)
I've stopped trying to guess that one, chuangtsu

(Sep 20, 2006 10:06:44 AM)
Will DE Jim shaw play saturday?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:07:07 AM)
Yes, calbuck. Doubt he'll be at full strength, though

(Sep 20, 2006 10:07:10 AM)
What exactly happened in the Notre Dame game? It seemed like Penn St. was even with them thru the first half and then everything fell apart.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:08:26 AM)
It was simple: Notre Dame made the most of every Penn State mistake. Penn State did not capitalize on the Irish errors. PSU dropped two picks early in the game, did not fall on a fumble and blew a field goal. You can't do that against good teams like Ohio State

(Sep 20, 2006 10:08:56 AM)
Morelli had a fumble on an option play early in the second half. It was returned for a score and everything came unraveled

(Sep 20, 2006 10:08:33 AM)
What is the tone of practice this week? Hearing anything?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:10:17 AM)
chuangtsu, I think the players and coaches feel they have to redeem themselves after laying the proverbial egg in South Bend

(Sep 20, 2006 10:10:25 AM)
Who gets Toney Clemons?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:12:09 AM)
I don't think Penn State, chuangtsu. PSU may have a better shot with the Williams kid from Erie

(Sep 20, 2006 10:12:21 AM)
I know Tress says PSU D is based on stopping the run much like OSU. How does PSU front match up against OSU OL?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:14:04 AM)
Alford and Ed Johnson are both good DTs. But with Jim Shaw hurt, you have to wonder about the DEs. PSU is playing the former LB Tim Shaw at one end spot, I believe feeling his speed may help contain Smith in the pocket. We'll see

(Sep 20, 2006 10:14:11 AM)
why didn't Penn St red-shirt Morelli? Seems like a waste....

(Sep 20, 2006 10:15:09 AM)
It was a waste, chuangtsu. Not sure we've ever recevied a good answer on that one

(Sep 20, 2006 10:15:18 AM)
Will Penn St try to limit the number of times that T. Smith runs, or do you think they play him straight up?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:16:28 AM)
I believe they will try to make him beat them with his arm, which is a very dangerous proposition. He has really developed as a passer. But that strategy worked for them last year.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:17:14 AM)
In what facet of the game do you think PSU has an advantage over OSU--any matchups where PSU has the edge?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:19:15 AM)
Hi naper. Maybe the PSU receivers vs. the OSU secondary. But that could be mitigated by the OSU defensive line vs. the PSU offensive line. That line matchup will be very important. Penn State has to protect Morelli and get some sort of running game going

(Sep 20, 2006 10:20:03 AM)
Penn State has really struggled in terms of TOP this year, and that has to change to have any shot at the Shoe

(Sep 20, 2006 10:19:20 AM)
Did we get a Mark Brennan prediction? Score?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:20:22 AM)
Only if I get a prediction fro you, chuangtsu

(Sep 20, 2006 10:20:38 AM)
I'm calling it Penn State 17...

(Sep 20, 2006 10:20:45 AM)
Buckeyes 24, Penn State 13

(Sep 20, 2006 10:20:58 AM)
...Ohio State 28. (Thought I was going to pick the Lions, didn't you?)

(Sep 20, 2006 10:21:11 AM)
ha ha, must be an 11-point game

(Sep 20, 2006 10:21:19 AM)
How much patience will PSU be with the running game?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:23:00 AM)
Hi stump. I think that depends on who, if anyone, gets off to a hot start. If Ohio State gets a quick lead, PSU might not have the luxury of being patient. If it is tight, the Lions will take their time and try to grind it out

(Sep 20, 2006 10:23:10 AM)
Who does Penn St lose in the draft/graduation this year? What does next year's club look like?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:24:23 AM)
On defense, Posluszny and Alford are the big-name seniors. On offense, tackle Levi Brown and Tony Hunt.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:24:26 AM)
Beyond this season and with Paterno's recruiting getting better the past couple of years how are the future PSU teams looking.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:26:02 AM)
Hi Copley. That ties in with the previous question. I think PSU has kind of re-established itself in a sense. The program has enough talent now that seasons like 2003 and '04 should not happen. But we'll see

(Sep 20, 2006 10:26:19 AM)
what surprises, if any, do you think Joe Pa has in store for the Buckeyes?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:26:26 AM)
One other guy to look out for in the draft next year is Jim Shaw. He is a workout freak. Can ben 225 40 times. He's just been injury prone here.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:27:21 AM)
I think they work on more passes to the backs, especially Hunt, to work on ball control.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:27:34 AM)
What are PSU's strengths and weaknesses this year? It seems like they have some talent back.....did they lose a lot in the secondary from last year. I haven't seen much of Penn State....friends got married on that night last year and, what do you know, I have another wedding Saturday. JERKS!!!!

(Sep 20, 2006 10:27:48 AM)
Sorry about your luck ... sounds like you need new friends (ha ha).

(Sep 20, 2006 10:28:58 AM)
Penn State has a good tailback, outstanding receivers and a strong-armed QB. The offensive line is in rebuilding mode, which figures to be an issue in Columbus. The defensive line has new faces but should be fine, though it lacks depth. Linebackers are outstanding. Secondary is young but very athletic.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:30:10 AM)
Special teams have been an issue for PSU all season

(Sep 20, 2006 10:29:12 AM)
Who wins the Big 10 this year?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:29:59 AM)
Illinois

(Sep 20, 2006 10:30:06 AM)
Ha ha

(Sep 20, 2006 10:30:13 AM)
Just kidding. I think the Buckeyes are the class of the league. Michigan second. Then a toss-up for third among Iowa, Penn State and maybe Michigan State

(Sep 20, 2006 10:30:22 AM)
Can Penn State run the ball on the outside? The Buckeys certainly have had holes open up on the outside.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:31:15 AM)
Yes, Williams can get to the corner when the put him at TB. So can the Wallace kid, who really moves. Hunt is not a real outside threat.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:32:08 AM)
The backup tailback, Rodney Kinlaw, is a burner, too

(Sep 20, 2006 10:32:56 AM)
Penn State has really improved its team speed

(Sep 20, 2006 10:31:43 AM)
Is it true that it will take the retirement of Bobby Bowden before JoPa even thinks about hanging up his white socks?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:33:23 AM)
Pastor Jack, I don't think one really care what the other is doing. They get along very well.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:33:36 AM)
What's your special teams look like? Are you worried about TG?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:35:09 AM)
Hi otto. PSU has been solid on kick coverage. The field goal unit has been a disaster, though. And the Lions have had all sorts of issues with penalites on punt returns. I think every opponent worries about Ginn's speed. But Penn State has enough speed of its own that it should be in decent shape.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:35:14 AM)
He had a punt return TD vs. PSU 2 years ago, I'm sure they know better than to let that happen again.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:35:42 AM)
And they did a good job against him at Beaver Stadium last year, Steve

(Sep 20, 2006 10:35:46 AM)
Yep

(Sep 20, 2006 10:35:26 AM)
I know it is pretty tuff to get tickets away from OSU fans, with that being said how many fans do you see making the trip?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:36:43 AM)
That's a good question, stump. Penn State fans were all over South Bend a couple of weeks ago. I think the disappointment of that game may impact how many travel to Columbus. But overall, PSU always travels well.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:36:50 AM)
Does Joe Pa take naps at halftime? (kidding ha ha) Does anyone at PSU want to follow him whenever he retires?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:38:09 AM)
Does anyone want to follow him? It is more like everyone wants to follow him. If the hire comes from inside the staff, my guess is it will be Tom Bradley. I'm not sure they will stay inhouse, though.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:38:51 AM)
Seems like Posluszny has lost a step in just watching bits here and there. From your experience watching him does it seem like he is not quite the same?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:40:40 AM)
I have not seen the type of speed he used to track down Troy Smith from behind in last year's game yet this season. But he seems to have gotten faster by the week. I'm anxious to see how he moved this weekend and if he is still wearing the brace.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:40:49 AM)
I argue with my Penn State buddy about Jim T and Joe Pa. I think that JT is similar to Joe Pa in the way he carries himself, his love for the school, his \"old school\" mentality, etc. If you love Joe Pa you should also love JT. Do you see any similarities? (Steven you too, if you don't mind)

(Sep 20, 2006 10:41:50 AM)
I agree, I see those type of similarities. These are not hired guns like a Steve Spurrier at South Carolina. These are people who are associated first and foremost with the school. They are strong positive ambassadors of their schools as well.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:42:21 AM)
Paterno spoke yesterday about how much he likes JT and how much he liked his father, as well. I think there is a lot of respect there, both ways, which is good

(Sep 20, 2006 10:42:48 AM)
I'm not sure Paterno is quite so high on another coach of a power program in the Big Ten

(Sep 20, 2006 10:43:33 AM)
but I won't name names, (cough, Lloyd Carr, cough)

(Sep 20, 2006 10:44:06 AM)
Lllloyd is spelled like this!

(Sep 20, 2006 10:43:37 AM)
Does PSU have any surprise players that were not on the radar last year, kinda like Anderson Russell for the Bucks?

(Sep 20, 2006 10:46:25 AM)
Stump, I don't think there are any huge surprises here. Butler and Norwood were big surprises last year. In closing, I want to say thank for having me. I love the job Steve and crew do at Bucknuts and we try to steel good ideas from them as often as possible. Have a great weekend, everyone.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:46:42 AM)
Mark, thanks again, FOS.com is a great site and we appreciate you stopping by!!!!!

(Sep 20, 2006 10:46:48 AM)
Great chat Steve... I don't know what I would do without you and your chats!

(Sep 20, 2006 10:46:50 AM)
Thanks Mark & Steve. GO BUCKS!!!

(Sep 20, 2006 10:46:53 AM)
I apologize for my poor typing, too

(Sep 20, 2006 10:46:59 AM)
No problem at all.

(Sep 20, 2006 10:47:02 AM)
Thanks ! Good luck!

(Sep 20, 2006 10:47:03 AM)
O - H !!!

(Sep 20, 2006 10:47:06 AM)
OH...

(Sep 20, 2006 10:47:16 AM)
IO

(Sep 20, 2006 10:47:43 AM)
See you everyone

(Sep 20, 2006 10:47:47 AM)
IO

(Sep 20, 2006 10:49:33 AM)
Thanks Mark!

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