rriva:How has D. Johnson practiced?
PlaybookMark:First Team CB: Zemaitis and Phillips, Second Team CB: D. Johnson, T. Davis D. Fentress
Cafe210:Is Sarge getting more reps at WR, or is King slotted to play DWill's role?
rriva:i know he's been playing safety, but how has he looked overall, he's a journeyman
Rathskeller:Where has Ed001 been lately?
rriva:he's fleeing the hurricane :-P
PlaybookMark:Johnson has looked good in coverage this week, but needs to "read-react" more
sweetgingerbrown:Donnie Johnson is not a CB
PlaybookMark:King has been at DWill's spot all week
mrfolks:is he running out of the backfield like DWill?
jwtanger:johnson getting work at nickel this year will help tremendously for next year.
sweetgingerbrown:they should be sneaking him in at Lowry's spot a few reps for experience \
NewYorkNittany:any idea if shipley will actually see time at DT?
MeadowLion:So king will play WR in 2 WR sets correct?
PlaybookMark:Sarge started out strong, but is simply not at the stage of Butler, King, Norwood, etc.
State09:2 or 3 wide
PlaybookMark:Some comments have been that Sargeant has "regressed" some
PlaybookMark:Meadow - that seems to be the plan
Psu96:Donnie Johnson is a safety, but PSU likes to play safeties as the nickel. Look no further than Cronin and *cough* Derek Fox *cough*
sweetgingerbrown:96 ain't that the truth
mrfolks:Sarge doesn't seem as aggresive- he's a little overwhelmed i think
Cafe210:Do we expect King to spend the remainder of the season on O, or will he shift back to CB when we go against Purdue and MSU?
YorkPAinPSU:do not even mention that name 96
MeadowLion:the good news is the DJ is a better tackler than King
Psu96:York, I almost called him He Who Shall Not Be Named, but I figured that was too vague. :-)
Rathskeller:no swearing in here, 96!
PlaybookMark:Cafe - tough call, but the staff seems to feel he is needed on offense - and could play the "draw" role pulling coverage off Butler and Norwood
MeadowLion:So are we sure that Norwood is healtyh enough to play?
Psu96:Mark, any idea if he'll line up in the backfield like DWill was?
Psu96:King I mean
PlaybookMark:Hey Band - Wyatt is movin' on up!
GotBand1:this week anyway
PlaybookMark:King? They have been running sets which have him in the backfield
Psu96:His time is coming soon Band. Tell him to keep his nose to the grindstone
sweetgingerbrown:meadow if King is solely at Wr I bet it is because Norwood might be somewhat questionable
GotBand1:who knows what head games they play next week
PlaybookMark:Meadow - not sure about Norwood, but he has been drilling first team and "looks fine"
Psu96:Makes sense Mark since King was a great HS RB
lionlover:LOL....I dont think anyone messes with an OL more mentally than JoePA
Rathskeller:was the whole Norwood scare overblown a bit, Mark?
mrfolks:i think he is more dangerous withthe ball than DWill
jwtanger:Band, gotta love those head games,
mrfolks:king that is
GotBand1:damn straight lionlover, him and kenney
PlaybookMark:The comments around Bowman have been impressive - strong, focused, determined, passionate
Psu96:I imagine it's not nearly as amusing for the kids involved in the head games. Gotta be frustrating as can be.
Psu96:Nothing else to do but give 100% every day and let the chips fall where they may
MeadowLion:King has a better initial burst than DWill does I think....Dwill may win a longer race but King is amazing in short bursts
PlaybookMark:Rath - Norwood is said to have a hairline fracture, but it doesn't seem to be that serious
mrfolks:did shipley move back to d at his request or coach request?
MeadowLion:i didnt know a hairline fracture was ever not serious? Couldnt it break the rest of the way through?
GotBand1:aq wanted more time on the field, this is a win win for him and the d
Rathskeller:not if he seems 100%- glad to hear it.
PlaybookMark:Folks - staff made the move
PlaybookMark:I did not hear anything about AQ making the request - he plays where he is needed
lionlover:We are going to really miss Hali next year, but Shaw's move could really help ameliorate that loss
Psu96:AQ deserves playing time, but he wasn't going to get it at center or guard right now. This move shores up a thin DL
GotBand1:true mark, but aq wasn't getting much time lately, their move helps both
Psu96:If Sales shows promise at DE, I bet they ask him to put on some weight during the offseason.
PlaybookMark:Question is center next year - you have Shipley, Harrison...
mrfolks:meadow- it sounds like a stress fracture...and there can be a risk for completing the fracture
PlaybookMark:Band - very true
PlaybookMark:Meadow - Norwood's X-Rays have not arrived to us yet
GotBand1:mark, greg will be at a guard, unless aq is a force on D the rest of the season
Psu96:Hey, we have some gentlemen and scholars in here mark
MeadowLion:lol, ok...keep us updated Mark
PlaybookMark:Band - I agree - they need to shore up depth at center - not sure Varva is the guy
GotBand1:mark, trent could be the one, but he has to focus more
Psu96:I think the team will be ok at DT in 2006 without Shipley. Can't say the same about center. He has to move back IMO.
GotBand1:personally would prefer Q at center
GotBand1:but if he ever finds out I said that, I will dissavow all knowledge
Psu96:Band, Trent didn't seem that physically imposing when I saw him at LFL. His other OL classmates looked much bigger and stronger by comparison. Just a personal observation, and that doesn't mean Trent can't catch up of course.
GotBand1:part of the focus 96
PlaybookMark:Varva has to get consistent
lionlover:I am EXCITED to see Dontey Brown in action. I was told by a decent source that his back up status had nothing to do with :inability to grasp pass coverage" and had everything to do with a little off field incident...take it FWIW
mrfolks:LL- can you be more specific?
PlaybookMark:Brown has made strides
rriva:96, you were right and i was wrong about rickerson...
Psu96:He dumped PSU like a bad habit?
GotBand1:nail meet head lionlover, and no one knows the specifics below the coaches
rriva:i think he's being a primadonna though
rriva:and i'm convinced he and james will not go to the same school
mrfolks:do you think we will cool on James now?
MeadowLion:Rickerson will be a stud though....you will see that name on a draft board one day IMO
lionlover:Rickerson is going to be a STAR somehwere
Psu96:I honestly can't blame him. He has a bunch of big time schools recruiting him. He doesn't need to waste time with schools who can't be bothered to keep appointments
lionlover:beat me to it meadow
rriva:but, interestingly enough, he isn't seeing much love from UF and Auburn
MeadowLion:yep lionlover, that guy has shutdown corner written all over him
PlaybookMark:Rickerson is impressive
Psu96:James will reschedule, and McCarthy looks like he wants to visit after the season ends, so it could be worse
rriva:he's like plan C for UF and Auburn, plan B
PlaybookMark:MCCarthy would be a nice addition
MeadowLion:UF needs to find some guys that fit Meyers offense....CB is the least of their worries
PlaybookMark:Finding guys that fit Meyer's offense is a challenge
rriva:i think PSU has a very very strong chance at James
restoartheroar:wasnt eveyone saying that leak would fit it perfectly at the beginning
Psu96:McCarthy has PSU LB written all over him.
mrfolks:is Tate still consindering PSU or is he gone?
PlaybookMark:the bigger challenge is having that offense work against the speed of the SEC
lionlover:We NEED Wallace probaby more than any position from a pure NEED perspective
rriva:James genuinely likes PSU
Psu96:I don't see it happening lionlover. He hasn't even included PSU among his official visits
MeadowLion:Im not sure why we need James, we already have him in Kinlaw and Sargeant...
rriva:folks, a lot of Auburn people i've spoken with think Tate will not stick with Auburn
rriva:that's not to say he'll come to Auburn, but they were talking like they already lost him
PlaybookMark:Some not so great reports about ALE's visit to Maryland
lionlover:96, I know its a long shot....:O(
MeadowLion:yeah, rumor was that Tate was told that his Auburn offer was only good for so long so he jumped on it to make sure it was there
Psu96:Tate/McCoy would be too much to hope for, but if it did happen, it would be an incredible 1-2 punch at RB for this class.
PlaybookMark:Not so great for the Terps
rriva:I think McCoy and James would be a nice combo...
rriva:James is a player
mrfolks:mark- you scard me for a second
nittlion:College Park is a hole
Cafe210:good news on ALE?
Psu96:I wish I had seen reports that ALE was sporting that blue PSU jacket on teh MD sidelines. :-)
restoartheroar:what happened there
MeadowLion:Jamse may be a player but where exactly does he fit in PSU's offense?
rriva:definatley PR and KR
nittlion:how nice would it be to have gotten Vernon Davis?
Cafe210:Doesn't Lowrey have a little brother that we can recruit for PR?
Psu96:Meadow, slot/scatback. He's different than Kinlaw in that he has powerful legs and would be stronger than you would think at first glance
rriva:he's better than anyone on PSU's roster, including Williams
rriva:at PR and KR
lionlover:cafe...you are bad...lol
rriva:trust me, i was super skeptical of him
Psu96:actually, Calvin does have a younger brother who plays football, but he finished his high school career last year and wasn't recruited by PSU
mrfolks:what did ALE say about maryland?
Psu96:Spencer is Calvin's brother's name
nittlion:to be called a punt returner, i think you actually have to field the punts
Rathskeller:more on ALE, Mark?
Cafe210:thought I remembered that 96 - he was supposedly a player early in HS, but must have fizzled
MeadowLion:oh i think he has skills, but i just dont know how we would use him on offense.....we say skatback but we say that about all kinds of recruits and we never have one...i think James could be a pretty good college player but in our offense i dont see it? KR and PR yes
PlaybookMark:"Butler has looked fantastic this week - catching everything around him."
Psu96:Sometimes, I think PSU might as well rush all 11 guys but then you'd see a bunch of roughing the punter penalties probably
lionlover:can i share something with you guys?
PlaybookMark:Rath - Maryland fans just don;t seem to feel real good about their prospects with ALE - apparently he was not overly impressed
playdrums:ssshhhh, lionlover is talking
nittlion:i'm concerned about our WRs ability to get open without Williams to draw the defense
MeadowLion:thats good, now with williams down we need Butler to stop having an occasional drop of a ball coming off his chest
lionlover:I love you guys so much....You bring tears to my eyes....got to go :O) Thanks all!
PlaybookMark:back at ya
Psu96:Butler definitely has to step up
PlaybookMark:Well King could draw coverage and open up Butler
playdrums:one moment, there's somethin' in my eye!!!!
Psu96:remember it was Butler who allowed Derrick Williams to break out because Deon was drawing a lot of attention after a couple of big games early in the year
twak1:could just be allergy play
PSUSmitty:Sorry if this was covered, but does King get as many snaps as Williams in this game?
rriva:Penn state should run the ball a lot, Hunt could have a career day
nittlion:mark or 96, is king going to be the sole KR like DWill was?
twak1:smitty think he'll get way more
Psu96:PSU needs to run Hunt at least 20 carries. They never give him the ball enough IMO. He was rolling over Michigan and they went away from him in the second half.
PlaybookMark:Smitty - King is in for Williams - so likely
PSUSmitty:yeah, i don't mean as Williams this game
PSUSmitty:but as many as he got
twak1:i know--just kidding
PSUBETA:Didn't JK play TB in HS as well as CB?
PlaybookMark:I need to find out about KR
mrfolks:any "official" word on Dwill's surgery?
playdrums:Hunt definitely does not get enough touches
mrfolks:Beta- yes HB and CB
nittlion:i think king can be a very good KR if given the chance
PlaybookMark:Hunt is #32 nationally with limited touches
playdrums:he's a threat on every touch, but no love
nittlion:he's got vision and the effortless acceleration
PSUBETA:I am interested to see him carry out of the backfield with Hunt or Snow clearing the way.
PSUSmitty:agreed - Hunt is impressing
MeadowLion:yep, Hunt is terrific.....cue the Austin Scott argument
restoartheroar:why do we only have one back for KR
PSUSmitty:he could be a Chris Perry type guy next year
Psu96:I don't have any idea why they aren't using him on screens. That play should be wide open because PSU hardly uses screens
nittlion:cause we don't want them kicking to the other guy
mrfolks:hunt is head and shoulders the better RB now- no argument
palehorse:Expect many many screens next year w/ AM at the helm
restoartheroar:i dont think we will be upset if king gets KR touches
Psu96:Austin Scott looks painfully slow to me whenever he carries the ball. I think it's not that he's physically slow, but he takes too long to make up his mind what hole he is going to run through
PSUBETA:Was Taylor impressed by MD's performance last night?
nittlion:King will take a KO back this week if he is back there by himself
MeadowLion:yes, Hunt is a million times better.....Scott doesnt make a decision where he is going until the game is over
Psu96:Last time PSU played at Illinois, LJ ran back a kickoff against the Illini for a TD
restoartheroar:i feel bad for scott though i just want him to be good
nittlion:i cringe when i hear the mccoy/scott comparison
mrfolks:scott is just snakebit- hesitant, over thinking every move
Psu96:It was PSU's first KO return TD since 1986
PSUSmitty:Austin Scott had the best high school film I have ever seen
PSUBETA:How much of Scott's indeciciveness is b/c he is a second or third teamer? Rightfully so, btw.
playdrums:because he's a 3rd teamer
Rathskeller:Kelly was more decisive on the PAT than AS is ;-)
playdrums:that should cause him to run with wreckless abandon through every hole
nittlion:Scott is good in the open field. problem is he can't get himself to the open field.
PlaybookMark:Kelly should be a RB
Psu96:BETA, that excuse doesn't wash with me. Players need to be able to take advantage of the opportunities they are given if they want more playing time.
playdrums:c'mon - these are division 1 kids
playdrums:go or sit
restoartheroar:alright enough bashing scott
MeadowLion:LJ was great at KR because he was decisive....pick a spot and run through it....thats what we need to teach these KR's
PSUSmitty:i just don't understand what happened to him - i thought he was a sure bet
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PSUBETA:Just tossing it out there.
MeadowLion:yeah, who thought PSU would lose to Michigan after Kelly runs in a botched XP....not this guy
78Lion:What happened was attitude and extra weight that was useless to him
Psu96:You have to prepare like you're the starter because you're only one play away from being just that
restoartheroar:lets do predictions PSU 50 to illinois 3
Rathskeller:heard ya, meadow
nittlion:meadow, don't remind me
PSUBETA:I agree 96. Elite athletes will do just that.
palehorse:IMO, AS is trying to hit the homerun b/c he feels he is behind the eight ball and needs to do something big.
PSUBETA:He kind of does.
mrfolks:i agree pale
PlaybookMark:pale - good point
Psu96:The offsides penalty on the ensuing KO after Kelly'
MeadowLion:well AS has to hit a single before he can hit a HR
nittlion:meadow, thought same thing with 53 seconds to go
Psu96:Kelly's 2-pt conversion might be the worst mistake PSU made last weekend
PSUBETA:It would take a lot of something special to catch TH.
Psu96:They had Breaston stopped at the 21
nittlion:D let us down both times
78Lion:game over Illinois is up
rriva:i tell you what though, kelly showed some headiness on that play, expecially considering he is a freshman, on the road at UM, after missing two fg's
snakester:Do you think Butler will have the same impacet as a corner? If not will the staff give him a short leash to improve on D?
Rathskeller:he cut like a TB, seriously.
Rathskeller:Kelly, that is-
PlaybookMark:I am not sure where the Butler to CB came from - he is 100% WR now and the staff isn't thinking about 2006 at this stage
palehorse:On Breastons last return was anyone else screaming at the inital coverage man to break down when he blew right past SB?
Rathskeller:I laughed my butt off
Psu96:no regard for his physical well-being by diving into the end zone too. Great play by KK
rriva:was kelly a wrestler in HS?
Joepa4life:do we have concerns about the DL wearing out -- it seems like there have been a lot of position changes this week that makes me nervous there are some more injuries there or the guys are exhausted
palehorse:He didn't even try
MeadowLion:if he wasnt riva we can start a rumor....Kevin Kelly wrestled black bears in his backyard....thats a start
PlaybookMark:Joe - yes they are trying to bolster the rotations with AQ, Shaw and Sales
nittlion:if you watched the um game, you have those concerned 4life
rriva:meadow, well put, i think we should start a rumor that he fought in the UFC
Psu96:Paxson and Alford have played a ton of snaps and were gassed by the end of that Michigan game
Joepa4life:seems like Sales will be abused on the end
Cafe210:I was gassed at the end of the Michigan game as well
Psu96:Adding Sales and Shipley into the mix ensures that the starting 4 will have something left in the tank by the 4th qtr
nittlion:i have been surprised about the lack of rotation for the front 7
mrfolks:i assume he'll be in on passsing downs only
rriva:i was not impressed with Sales at LB
MeadowLion:Sales will have some plays where he will get shelled but others he will be on the QB before he gets to his drop
twak1:agree all the moves make sense to me
Psu96:The losses of Ed Johnson and Lavon Chisley have really hurt
Joepa4life:frankly -- I would rather see Puz step up more on passing downs and come of the end
Psu96:I think PSU does a terrible job of disguising its blitz schemes
PlaybookMark:96 - they did against UM - increibly transparent
nittlion:did we really drop a DL into coverage on the last play?
MeadowLion:yeah, when Poz or Connor are blitzing they hold up banners saying "I'm blitzing" and they stand on the LOS
Psu96:Bradley always sends guys from the outside and well away from the ball. It takes too long to get there from that far away. Whatever happened to blitzing up the middle?
mrfolks:nittlion- we dropeed DL often during that game
nittlion:i know but someone told me we did it on the last play, which made no sense
mrfolks:i saw one play we had Gaines on Avant-- whoops!
nittlion:anyone else hurt hurt their thumb pressing too hard to delete the game from their TIVO list? ; )
MeadowLion:i still havent gotten up the nerve to watch it nittlion
MeadowLion:the screaming at michigan stadium at the end is embedded in my brain forever
PlaybookMark:Anyone else notice the crowd got louder when UM had the ball - either there were a TON of PSU fans or UM fans don;t understand the game too well
nittlion:why didn't we recruit stupar again?
Psu96:nittlion, TE wasn't a position of need when Stupar was a senior I think
restoartheroar:mr stuapr does not have a good relationship with joe i have heard
palehorse:It is kind of odd
PlaybookMark:It's not like PSU uses the tight end
restoartheroar:and we probably wont get nate stupar
nittlion:if we had one, we'd use him
nittlion:when is the last time we had one?
Joepa4life:i think Smolko is very capable
MeadowLion:if we can get quarless and use him properly it would be great....of course, if is a strong word with PSU
PlaybookMark:Smolko is capable, but only if he has the ball tossed his way
nittlion:Smolko is jekyll and hyde
mrfolks:How do we stand with Quarless?
Psu96:I think Jordan Lyons could be a very good receiving TE. Don't know much about his blocking though. Smolko's actually got pretty good hands as well, but MRob always seems to misfire to Isaac
Joepa4life:i think in this offense he wil become even more important as the season goes on
PlaybookMark:Lyons was struggling with blocking, but came on strong in the area in the spring
nittlion:rubin to te?
PlaybookMark:I cannot see Rubin shifting to TE
nittlion:with dwill and bell on the outside, a good te can get mis-match city down the middle of the field
MeadowLion:kinda like this year nittlion?
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Joepa4life:any more info on the details of the Cronin situation? the details have been very quiet
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restoartheroar:hes gone for the year i think
mrfolks:the message is: don't screw up during the season
restoartheroar:and he is a sr
Joepa4life:i got that part
palehorse:Was Cronin one of the prank callers? I forget
nittlion:TE has been an after-thought in both recruiting and playcalling for a long time
Psu96:no palehorse that was Connor, McCready and Kaunch
nittlion:is shuler putting on any weight?
MeadowLion:it seems that those messages only get sent to disposable players....such as cronin and tommy mchugh...it does not apply to ed johnson, tony johnson, etc.
restoartheroar:i am not so sure quarless will be so great because he only really became known when his highlight tape was released
mrfolks:meadow- you're exactly right
Rathskeller:Cronin was the PK holder....
palehorse:McCready was the one I was thinking of
Psu96:Quarless is a stud TE restore
Rathskeller:looked like we missed him at UM.
rriva:Quarless is a very good kid, he politely declined an interview with me once on a Sunday because it was his day of worship
mrfolks:get any idea of where we stand with him, rob?
rriva:it will be a PSU/UVA battle, UVA alreayd has a commitment from a stud TE from NJ
Psu96:UVA was the first to offer back in January and then PSU offered in early February
MeadowLion:any TE that Miami is/was after is fine in my book
rriva:PSU is in good shape, but it's too early to say where he'll end up
nittlion:UVA definitely has a better track record with TEs lately
rriva:he's putting off recruiting for a bit, i.e. no visits, he's doing his research right now
Psu96:All PSU has to say is they haven't had a TE with Quarless' skill set before so that's why they haven't thrown to the TE as much as they'd like. :-)
Spider legs 11:question on AQ - everyone keeps saying he is a beast this and that -- what I have seen is him getting blown up at the line of scrimmage etc. I have not been impressed -- am I jsut missing all his good plays ?
MeadowLion:UVA, where the talented TE's thrive and the talented at every other position are doomed to mediocrity
restoartheroar:whats the deal with walton in your book are we leading
rriva:i think PSU leads for Walton, although I think Walton might be a bit over-rated
ridleyjim:who is going to play center for us next yesr?
nittlion:It's kinda funny that we are not saying one word about the Illinois game
restoartheroar:i bet shipley moves back
Psu96:spider, I've seen Shipley do some good things and some very bad things as well. It takes some time for a young OL to learn how to use leverage and strength properly. He's going to be a good one.
MeadowLion:PSU 38-ILL 7.....thats all that needs to be discussed
nittlion:especially when the teaching is faulty 96 ; )
mrfolks:for anyone who has been around the team- any chance of a letdown?
PlaybookMark:Calling the line, shifts, pulls, rolls, etc. is a tough job
playdrums:that's because our hearts still ache over UM - 7 in a row with the QB that dissed us.
Psu96:He has true passion for the game and is willing to do whatever he has to do to improve
restoartheroar:wont antloick be our center
Psu96:Antolick is a 5th yr senior
Psu96:as is EZ Smith
restoartheroar:that could be our missing link on O next year
restoartheroar:along with the OL
Psu96:I think the OL will be an area of concern in general
nittlion:til the end of time
PlaybookMark:OL is the lynchpin to 2006
Psu96:The young guys have a world of talent, but there's no substitute for experience. They will get better as the year goes along and should be very good in 2007
restoartheroar:yeah seems like it
ridleyjim:we need a good o-line to protect Morelli next year.
restoartheroar:yeah i am confident he can be a good one
Alexx:Where is Cadogan practicing? T or G?
Psu96:That Notre Dame game in September is one that PSU will be better for having played regardless of the outcome
nittlion:what is the word on daryll clark? is he a legit d1 qb prospect?
Psu96:Tackle I think Alexx
PlaybookMark:Clark has been called one of the best physical specimens on the team - "he's ripped"
Psu96:but can he hit a 15-yard out route?
restoartheroar:will he back up morelli
PlaybookMark:haven't seen him
nittlion:how good would MRob be this year if he was a 3-year starter?
restoartheroar:think how bad our OL was last year
mrfolks:wouldn't you have said the same thing about Mills if he didn't start until his senior year?
restoartheroar:he wouldnt get a pass of
nittlion:but he could run
mrfolks:mills was a very good runner
mrfolks:when they let him
nittlion:zack wouldn't have made those OSU scrambles this year
rriva:i gotta jet, be good everyone
PlaybookMark:Guys, I have to run too - thanks for chatting - if you have any follow up questions post them on the TAP board...we'll have a recap of this up later today.