Welcome to the latest installment of FightOnState.com's Monday Morning Fullback, where former Penn State football player Matt Hahn breaks down the Nittany Lions' most recent game. You've heard of Monday morning quarterback. Well, in covering PSU football, we think hearing from a fullback is more appropriate. And who better to chime in than Hahn, one of the more versatile, intelligent and selfless power backs in school history.
GENERAL THOUGHTS: Another easy win for the Lions. I think it's safe to say we are all ready to see Penn State face a tougher opponent. Illinois will definitely be an upgrade from the teams Penn State has played in recent weeks. I think this weekend we get our first chance to see if this squad is really as special as we all think they are.
GAME MVP: Out of all the games this year I think this may be my easiest call for game MVP. Navarro Bowman gets it hands down. Bowman was all over the field racking up 11 tackles, three sacks a forced fumble and a pick. Every week he is getting better and making more plays.
KEY PLAY: Penn State struggled for the first time all season in the first quarter. The second quarter was a different story. Brett Brackett opened up the scoring catching a 20-yard touchdown strike from Daryll Clark and the Lions rolled from there. I believe more big plays from Brackett are coming.
WHAT I LIKED: Tight end Andrew Quarless finally seemed to get in a bit of a groove catching four balls for 50 yards. If he gets going, that adds another dimension to an already explosive Penn State passing game. Look for Quarless to get more involved and take some pressure off the big three.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Penn State came out flat in the first quarter. Clark threw his first pick. Realistically it's unfair to think that the offense is going to run as smoothly as it has been the whole season. Let's hope the Lions got it out of their system before Big Ten play starts.
DID YOU NOTICE: The downfield blocking of the Penn State wide outs. I have been able to watch a lot of college football over the past few weeks. It is safe to say that this group of receivers — from stars to reserves — is one of the hardest working groups in the nation when it comes to blocking. Check out Stephfon Green's 69-yard touchdown run. Deon Butler did an outstanding job of blocking his man all the way down the field.
RANDOM THOUGHTS: We will get a better feel of what this team is all about next weekend when Illinois comes to town.
Matt Hahn was a four-year letterman at Penn State, averaging 4.5 yards per carry and 7.9 yards per catch in his career (2004-07). He was one of the key blocking backs for 1,000-yard rushers Tony Hunt and Rodney Kinlaw. He is one of the few players in school history to register touchdowns on the ground, through the air and after recovering a blocked punt.