psunittany:miss these chats leading up to Feb 1st
psunittany:The one kid who concerns me is Gaines mxbscout: why?
PSULIONS17:biggest concern by far is TE
psunittany:just don't ever see him being "big-time"...just servicable
futurelion:if TE is our biggest problem, we're pretty fortunate PlaybookMark: QB: Morelli is much more comfortable in the pocket and is more vocal - he knows it is his team
MrKruger:if our biggest concern is TE then I'd say we are in damn good shape
MEpsuproud:does anyone think quarless will get a decent # of reps? PlaybookMark: Gaines needs to get consistent, but he has the ability to be the starter mxbscout: Gaines is only a redshirt sophomore, give him a chance
psunittany:cant we run 6 OL in an unbalanced line sometines?
PSULIONS17:I say that because we have none, it's not our only concern
MrKruger:im not worried about TE.....we can get someone in there to block....dont really NEED a pass catching TE...it would be nice but not necessary
MEpsuproud:what's AQ2 up to now weight wise? mxbscout: Shipley is listed at 297 on latest roster
PSULIONS17:you need to be worried about any position that you can't put a quality kid at
twak1:where is Landolt playing?? PlaybookMark: TE position is an interesting one - you have two decent blockers in Hall and Darling and a pass-catcher in Lyons
SickOLBs:so...is JRZ done?
psunittany:riva...talk about hyno
psunittany:he seems to really dig PSU
MEpsuproud:sorry, I meant quarless
PSULIONS17:I was most pleased to hear of Ditto's offer
twak1:me too 17 rriva: nittany, he has a great attitude about it when you think about it... rriva: he understands psu's limited scholarships
PSULIONS17:Hynoski and Marks will both come to PSU if offered
PSULIONS17:no doubt in my mind
twak1:he better jump on board fast
SickOLBs:JRZ not participating this spring?
futurelion:17, think Ditto pulls the trigger soon ? rriva: he's not saying, "well they havn't offer me, so i'm not interested" PlaybookMark: Landolt is third-team RG rriva: it's quite the opposite
PSULIONS17:future... I would love to see it, but honestly I have no idea PlaybookMark: Sic - JRZ is there, but he just hasn't been an impact paley
ickOLBs:at TE or OLB? PlaybookMark: along those same lines I think it speaks volumes that Farris is behind Brown mxbscout: Yeah, the only fifth-year scholarship guy not back is Kanuch
PSULIONS17:I think an OL of Brown, Rich O, AQ, Landolt and Cadogan would serve us well now and for the future
futurelion:I want to see Harrison before Landolt
diddy1:what about Farris mxbscout: Read Mark's comment above on Farris
SickOLBs:i think both Harrison and Cadogen will be starting this season
PSUisBACK:do you see any of the true freshman playing on the OL this year? PlaybookMark: The starters now (and they are said to be pretty set for now) left to right are Brown, Cadogan, Shipley, Price and Auletta
futurelion:not a chance, pib, and if they do, we're in trouble rriva: PiB, i think the only one with a legit shot is eliades
PSUisBACK:i think they all redshirt
PSULIONS17:I don't see any frosh playing OL, unless there are some serious injury problems rriva: but he's no guarentee PlaybookMark: Back freshman starting on the OL? Doubtful - it's not easy to pick up zone blocking consistently PlaybookMark: I would say the one guy is Eliades
PSULIONS17:someone could possibly grab a backup C spot
SickOLBs:is Price really a better guard than Harrison?
PSULIONS17:I saw all of Price I needed to last year PlaybookMark: Sick - you got me - observers all around say no
MrKruger:not to mention we have a million young OLmen ahead of the true freshmen
twak1:we'll be ok on the o-line, no reason to start true frosh mxbscout: Price started the first game of 2005, as well
futurelion:Harrison needs to bust his tail and force the staff to start him out of the gate
PSUisBACK:what about the DL? any true freshman crack that?
PSULIONS17:Price will start the season again this year, he will be replaced for good in the 2nd quarter of the ND game mxbscout: not as starters
futurelion:Evans and Odrick will play PlaybookMark: Harrison is getting to be "polished" in hs game - he sits low, sets a wide base and plays all out
MrKruger:gotta bet some frosh DE's play
PSUfan88:whats been the news on john shaw so far PlaybookMark: I like Evans to make an impact early
PSUisBACK:Maybin thinks he's going to play............
PSULIONS17:Evans and Taylor have a real shot
PSUisBACK:kid is very confident mxbscout: I doubt Maybin plays this year mxbscout: he has to fill out
MrKruger:im sure all the true frosh think they will play
PSUisBACK:agreed..........but that is way HE feels
PSUisBACK:some are realistic
futurelion:Odrick will have the body to play, just hope he can learn enough in a few months to be ready to go
SickOLBs:why do you all think PT will grab PT? PlaybookMark: PSUfan 88 - Shaw is looking good - he is backing up Auletta and Brown at tackle - gets a lot of reps with the first team between both spots
NewYorkNittany:what are the chances landolt and ohrnberger are the two starter OG's?
PSULIONS17:True Frosh that will Play... Quarless, Wallace, Evans, Bell
PSUisBACK:i told Evan Royster's parents ...........
PSUisBACK:he'll be here five years.......... PlaybookMark: Maybin needs a year in the weight program to size up
PSUfan88:i like that all of the lineman seem to have a meanstreak
PSULIONS17:probably ad Taylor to that group
SickOLBs:17, i'd add odrick to your list before taylor
PSUisBACK:he knows it will be five years.............
SickOLBs:i see us deeper at DT than DE
futurelion:Bani will shirt. would be a shame to waste a year on ST's
PSULIONS17:Taylor is going to be very hard to keep off the field from what I hear
PSUisBACK:he's a great kid........and has packed on some size...........
MrKruger:i dunno...the MD HS coaches said they didnt think ALE or Taylor would play as true frosh....i agree on ALE, not sure about Taylor
futurelion:Bani was one of my favorite in this class, has some serious potential
PSUisBACK:but he needs some thickness.........
PSUisBACK:Bani has some personality...........
PSULIONS17:Bani is a rocket PlaybookMark: Taylor -- with some experience -- could be the right NT to run an effective 3-4
PSUisBACK:so full of life..........
SickOLBs:Bani redshirts, he's a 200 lb LB
PSUisBACK:he's already 200
PSUisBACK:i talk with his coach everyday.........
PSULIONS17:I'm still not so sure Bani's future isn't at safety
MrKruger:Bowman is getting no hype....i think the kid will be a player....not this year obviously but he has some tools
PSUisBACK:where do the mods see Bani? mxbscout: Safety PlaybookMark: Kruger, no hype for Bowman because he is sidelined recovering from his surgery
futurelion:kruger, he's going to be a stud inside linebacker
PSULIONS17:will be interesting to see which of these kids pan out PlaybookMark: Bowman was a lot like Hayes - a steal that was overshadowed by "bigger" recruits
PSUisBACK:Bowman is a stud..........
MrKruger:i know mark, not saying in regards to practice....just in regards of people talking about our class....everyone kinda skips over him it seems
PSUisBACK:only because he is injured
PSULIONS17:will be interesting to see what a kid like Klopacz does PlaybookMark: Well no one hyped Hayes and he may be one of the best D players in that class when all is said and done
MrKruger:agreed mxbscout: I think another overlooked player is Latimore PlaybookMark: 17 - great point -- could go either way on Klopacz
PSUisBACK:i love Eric Latimore mxbscout: not for this year but the future mxbscout: an unreal athlete
PSUisBACK:he's got a great Dad
PSULIONS17:most underrated on my board is Ced Jeffries
PSULIONS17:that kid had some great reels
PSUisBACK:looks more like a Big Ten small forward
MrKruger:i really wanna see jeffries and mcbride....think they could go either way as well
futurelion:Jeffries, i fear, will get caught up in constant position shuffling PlaybookMark: I think McEowen is an overlooked guy -- early commitment had him lose a lot of hype
81tjn joinedPSUisBACK: Mc has a great Dad as well...............
PSULIONS17:Jeffries WR footage is very very impressive IMHO
SickOLBs:i think troutman will get moved around a few too many times
PSUisBACK:love to see the size of him in his new workout program
futurelion:Troutman will be an OT
MrKruger:everyone wants to push mceowen to the OL....i like him as a DT....of course I liked John Shaw at DT too
PSULIONS17:Koroma is another kid that will shock people
SickOLBs:i liked charles rush at DT PlaybookMark: It is surprsing that with all the Western Pa. hype the two Big 33 POY are Eastern guys -- headed to PSU
PSULIONS17:Well we know where the WPA hype came from
SickOLBs:why's Rubin still at safety?
PSULIONS17:saw a rumor Pinkston is out of the Big 33
PSULIONS17:no idea if it's true
twak1:saw that too
PSULIONS17:FOS staff, what is the coaching staff's biggest concern at this point of spring ball
futurelion:has commented on have to do with Pitt recruits ? mxbscout: Scoop coming from Mark
MrKruger:is the staff planning on utilizing these weekend spring practices to bring in more recruits??? mxbscout: shortly mxbscout: PlaybookMark, not me
Ramblewood:Hint? PlaybookMark: Breaking News -- Trent Varva quit the team
Ramblewood:Whoops, that's better than a hint.
PSULIONS17:good move for Trent
twak1:is that true mark
futurelion:and there's the key for Farris getting to stay on the team this year PlaybookMark: twak -- yes
SickOLBs:with all the quality safeties we got, will we see a rotation at one of the spots like we had with guman and harrell in '03?
twak1:hummm--i know he's been sick PlaybookMark: Varva has been sick and got frustrated with not seeing more PT
PSULIONS17:Varva is the perfect example of why you can't base things off of a kid's HS video
PSULIONS17:his footage was unreal
MrKruger:is he transferring or just quitting football
PSULIONS17:pancake after pancake
psunittany:I know Gaines was just a RS freshman last year, but I hope he keeps improving....
twak1:probably best for both--hope he can transfer if he wants to continue playing
psunittany:Varva?..... illness? PlaybookMark: Kruger -- all we were told he is quitting -- no mention of a transfer, but not out of the question PlaybookMark: Rubin is still at safety
PSUisBACK:i think that is where he stays........... mxbscout: As far as Rubin is concerned, I'm sure the staff knows what he can do at WR
LaJollaLion:yep and BJ was at DB his soph year,,,not buying it
PSUisBACK:not going to see much time at wideout PlaybookMark: Well the word is Varva may not be as sick as was originally conveyed -- may have been a stroy related to his quitting mxbscout: and is seeing how he does at another position
beastofeast:How has knowledge Timmons looked at practice so far?
SickOLBs:he got a pick yesterday
Ramblewood:Hard to imagine Rubin not ending up back at safety. He looked awfully good two years ago.
PSULIONS17:Mark... a black eye kind of story? mxbscout: That may depend on how well the redshirt frosh play mxbscout: at WR mxbscout: But Rubin is a solid wideout
diddy1:How is Chris Baker looking!!
SickOLBs:too many safeties as it is: hardy, mcready, donnie, scirotto, ridenhour PlaybookMark: Beast - Timmons -- super fast -- needs to work on control of his speed and wrapping up technique
futurelion:wasn't Cousins supposed to move to safety mxbscout: no comment PlaybookMark: future -- file that with Butler heading to corner
Ramblewood:Cousins is kind of a long strider. Can't see him at safety. mxbscout: Yeah, he is every bit of 6-3 and right at 200 mxbscout: very lean build
PSUisBACK:How bout DC's James McDonald?
Ramblewood:Are Butler and Norwood going to put on any weight this off-season? I mean if DMoney can put on 10 lbs . . .
PSUisBACK:How has he looked?
jgl107:Who has looked better in practice so far...Cousins or McDonald?
LaJollaLion:yeah...but now DWill is too slow to play
EagleEars:How as Mickey Shuler Jr. looked in spring ball so far? PlaybookMark: Back -- we had this in our depth chart report PlaybookMark: On the other side, observers expect a battle between Golden and McDonald. "Terrell has an experience advantage over Mac, but otherwise he's been giving him [Golden] a real run in drills."
PSULIONS17:I wonder if Marks got his scholie in the mail
PSUisBACK:wonder about McDonald's DC connections.........is he friends with Benn and Austin?
futurelion:I just hope the staff follows through with theur supposed changes, and plays the best players available
futurelion:if they do, we'll be very good next year
PSULIONS17:I think we probably have little to no shot with Benn
PSUisBACK:that will change once we crush ND
PSULIONS17:concentrate on Kamara, Robinson
SickOLBs:anyone know how hard we are recruiting Caleb King?
PSUisBACK:never say never..........we were a non-factor in the Vidal derby at this point as well.
Ramblewood:Our RB recruiting seems a bit of a mystery at the moment.
futurelion:Little and Green are the only RB's i can think that we're recruiting
PSUisBACK:puts a lot of pressure on Royster and Carter
PSUisBACK:as redshirt freshmen a year from now
diddy1:2nd request, how is Chris Baker doing? PlaybookMark: Too bad Davis got sidelined - he has received stellar reports all around
SickOLBs:don't forget...we still have kinlaw and sargeant and hahn
SickOLBs:if ricky upton can play TB for us why can't hahn
twak1:hope we shirt hahn
futurelion:unless we get a stud in this class at RB, 07 will have a lot of RB by committee
SickOLBs:we really should twak
Ramblewood:Stop with the Upton talk. mxbscout: I have not heard anything (positive or negative) about Baker
SickOLBs:i was a ricky upton fan just for clarification
LaJollaLion:so Hahn is the same as Upton
LaJollaLion:don't see it
PSUisBACK:TWO defensive linemen recruits in the next class.........if you had to bet...........who will they be?
PSUisBACK:Austin and ?
futurelion:Austin and Trattou
PSUisBACK:the kid from Good Counsel?
Double06:Trattou / Cameron / Tucker - probably in that order
futurelion:Jenkins is a guard prospect, i think PlaybookMark: Here is how the TE spot currently breaks down: Hall, Darling, Lyons, JRZ -- Claude and Mickey
Ramblewood:Wow . . . how far JRZ has fallen. PlaybookMark: Coakley will be in the mix when he is healthy PlaybookMark: Someone asked about Baker -- the quote that seems the consensus is "good when he wants to be"
virbert:Brennan, would be the 6' 4" junior who had a knee injury?
PSULIONS17:Mark... any idea on how many offers came out ot junior day??
LaJollaLion:any ideas on who may be attending the BW game,,,I know it is early
PSUVA92:how tall is harrison last year listed at 6.5 this year 6.3? PlaybookMark: 17 -- good question -- not exactly sure, but Riva has a better read on that than I
PSULIONS17:I won't be able to make it Lajolla
LaJollaLion:Fletch hair UVA
SickOLBs:SickOLBs will be there
EagleEars:Mods- Do you think Ditto or Marks will pull the trigger soon now that they have written offers?
PSUVA92:6.8 with the fro'...
PSULIONS17:I have a couple of D-1 kids here in my new area that I am going to scout this fall
futurelion:Marks still doesn't have, i don't think
PSULIONS17:one is name some will remember from last year's Nike camp
futurelion:they 'put it in the mail'
alexvansmelt69:what is the defense end status I thought that would be a wide open position this spring but I havent heard much other than battles for the second team spots
PSUisBACK:Trice would have to wear #3
twak1:lol mxbscout: Jimmy Shaw is going to be tough to beat
alexvansmelt69:what about gaines
PSUisBACK:who was #22 in the cover pic shot?
alexvansmelt69:i thought he played well at times last year
SickOLBs:do either Toney Clemons or Shamaar Coates have PSU offers?
PSUisBACK:i thought 22 was an open # mxbscout: Darien Hardy
PSUisBACK:that kid is a beast mxbscout: he had a pick in the scrimmage
SickOLBs:any chance hardy gets a look at nickel?
Ramblewood:Who threw the interception? LOL. PlaybookMark: alex: Shaw and Gaines have the early edge -- Hill and Lucian need to work on their fundamentals -- Rogers could make an impact -- he looks good early on
MrKruger:hardy is a great ST player
psunittany:Hardy is an awesome ST player
keukapsu:no chance that AS reshirts ?
psunittany:talk about Lucian....
psuKinger:seems like reports on Gaines have been... lukewarm PlaybookMark: Darien Hardy has received strong prasie for his athleticism since he was a frosh
psunittany:I'm waiting for Gaines to step up PlaybookMark: Kinger -- fair assessment, but Gaines has the abiltiy just needs donsistency -- use it every down
NewYorkNittany:can anyone elaborate on the WVU defense that psu is supposedly considering?
MrKruger:moment of silence for Anna and Kris Benson getting divorced?
NewYorkNittany:whats the alignment?
LaJollaLion:Gaines will get his shot...see what he does with it
SickOLBs:are they not moving Jed Hill back to FB because they refuse to accknoledge they took three FBs in the same class??? PlaybookMark: NYN -- WVU runs a 3-4 sdtacked D -- honestly if PSU uses it it will be situational -- simialr to how the nicel is used
PSULIONS17:Pitt's Oline looked great last year in their spring game
LaJollaLion:PSU has talent, no doubt, can they come together...we'll see in 6 months
psuKinger:sounds like Knowledge is really impressing with Tony out...
PSULIONS17:of course a junior high OL would look good against their DL
psuKinger:I'm no doctor... but can Tony really come back within a couple of days with a fracture that went through the skin?
LaJollaLion:depends on what he is doing PlaybookMark: Kinger -- yes and no -- Timmons has speed and can keep up with anyone, but...
psu81:Tony Davis? PlaybookMark: he needs to control that speed -- Williams knocked him off a route with one "shimmy' move
LaJollaLion:I don't see speed as a real issue with any of the CB's
PpsuKinger:hah nice... thanks Mark PlaybookMark: Kinger -- not sure, we don't have a status of the injury
Ramblewood:LaJolla, I agree. We have speed in the secondary, but how's their tackling.
psuKinger:sounds... *gruesome*... if his bone went through his skin
MrKruger:well he cant be teaching Kelly how to kick in the clutch, thats for sure PlaybookMark: Timmons needs to wrap up guys and not tackle "loose"
LaJollaLion:time wil tell ramble
LaJollaLion:when you are playing with a Poz,,,you better tackle PlaybookMark: Kinger - it was described as "nasty" and "horrible"
psu81:Who had the injury - Tony who?
psuKinger:alright thanks for the knowledge about Knowledge, Mark mxbscout: Tony Davis
MrKruger:lol ramblewood PlaybookMark: 81 --
laybookMark:D81-- Tony Davis -- check out the report on our front page
SickOLBs:is Kapinos ready to step his game up and be a star?
diddy1:Mark, how is King doing?
PSUisBACK:let's hope Kapinos has limited opportunities PlaybookMark: OLBs-- kickers haven;t really done much in practice other than keep their legs warm
psu81:Ouch - haven't caught up on the news for the day - thanks
ritcheyk:Are both Donnie Johnson and Ridenhour competing for strong safety?
MrKruger:Kapinos definitely had an off year compared to prior years
EagleEars:Is Timmons the only one taking Davis' reps, or is Harriott seeing a few first teams reps also?
futurelion:what i don't get is that the supposed knock on Fentress is his size, yet Harriot is what, 5-8 ?
LaJollaLion:watching the OSU game right now, Tony Hunt isn't just an average blocker...he is pretty impressive picking up blitzes mxbscout: We'll have a King video Q&A tomorrow
LaJollaLion:AM is lucky to have Hunt and Snow back there PlaybookMark: diddy -- we have an etensive report coming on the secondary practices -- King is more confident and sure of himself
worldbfoges joineddiddy1: thanks Mark
PSUisBACK:AJ and Big Phil were at practice the other day...........
PSUisBACK:what other incoming freshmen have been there? PlaybookMark: Eagle -- word is Timmons is getting Davis' reps, but Harriott has seen some first-team reps on the rotation
SickOLBs:would it be an accurate assumption that donnie johnson will be a full-time starter and mcready and scirotto will most likely split time to start with??? mxbscout: add Ridenhour to that mix PlaybookMark: ritch -- right now yes, Donnie Johnson, Spencer Ridenhour at SS and Nolan McCready, Anthony Scirrotto at FS
MrKruger:how is spencer doing at SS?
Double06:how are the TE's looking? Everything I've read so far is that no one has been that impressive and none have distanced themselves... Also, when's Coakley due back?
SickOLBs:is AJ wallace an almost "lock" at nickel or will it be a backup safety??? PlaybookMark: Spencer has trimmed down (minus 15 pounds por so) -- he plays "like a psycho" mxbscout: Paterno did not sound very confident that Coakley would do much in the spring
westy:Any word when the coaches clinic and scrimage will take place? mxbscout: April 7-8 mxbscout: scrimmage on the 8th PlaybookMark: Double - TEs: Hall, Darling, Lyons, JRZ ... then Claude and Shuler
westy:thanx mark PlaybookMark: Back -- only Phillips and AJ have been mentioned as being at practice
SickOLBs:does hall look good? he's a 5th year sr right?
MyBloodisBlue:brennan do we have any shot at pryor now that he is wavering?
PSUisBACK:there goes their PERFECT ATTENDANCE awards for this quarter...........:D
Ramblewood:With Clark out for the spring, should we pencil Cianciolo in at #2 on the depth chart to start the season? PlaybookMark: Hall is a good blocker, which is what they are looking for first and foremost -- not a strong receiver mxbscout: I'd be shocked. But who knows mxbscout: he was on the sideline at a PSU football game last season wearing Penn State gear
MyBloodisBlue:love to have him mxbscout: for what it is worth PlaybookMark: RAmble -- that is the smart money -- Suhey is not pushing him that hard
futurelion:only way we get Pryor is if it's for football
futurelion:which isn't happening mxbscout: I think DeChellis might like to snag him, too
SickOLBs:are we in trouble if cianciolo is our #2 for the season?
westy:Ive been concernef as to why JRZ hasn't gotten more PT. He was a beast out of HS. Thoughts? PlaybookMark: Sick -- Clark is expected back after the spring mxbscout: some kids don't pan out at the college level PlaybookMark: westy -- some guys just don;t make the transition to college well (classes, studying, practices, discipline, etc.)
ritcheyk:Is the feeling that Coakley will be OK for fall practice? PlaybookMark: alex -- Baker is good...when he wants to be
SickOLBs:between alford and ed johson and elijah (who i think will be good), will we really see PT getting PT? PlaybookMark: ritch -- I think that is a fair assessment -- he is expected back in the fall
psunittany:Has Kinlaw already used a RS?
PSUVA92:time to be concerned about jrz was 2 yrs ago PlaybookMark: Sick -- doubtful -- at least not in my opinion
SickOLBs:any word on who our next punt returner will be?
psunittany:Paskorz....... I heard Bradley wanted him to attend a spring practice all by himself...will that happen?...paskorz never mentions PSU PlaybookMark: Jeremy Boone is the current backup PlaybookMark: at punter
ritcheyk:I can't imagine someone other than Scirrotto returning punts
SickOLBs:i'd like to see D$ on punt return but take him off of KR
SickOLBs:Kinlaw for KR PlaybookMark: sick - why punts and not kicks? Punts are much harder
SickOLBs:because you can get hurt on KRs PlaybookMark: Sick - you can get hurt on punts too
SickOLBs:not if you score everytime you don't fair catch the ball PlaybookMark: lol
diddy1:I love to see Harriot as KR & PR
SickOLBs:i can't believe it took the DW injury to get kinlaw on KR
MrKruger:i find it hard to believe they might put DW on KR again
SickOLBs:he almost won us the purdue game back in 04 PlaybookMark: Someone asked about punt returns - they haven't practiced punts -- so not exposure to that right now
ritcheyk:Is Rubin practicing only at Safety or is he finally practicing at WR? PlaybookMark: safety PlaybookMark: see ya guys this was a blast! mxbscout: thanks for stopping by everyone
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