MONDAY MORNING FULLBACK: Illinois

See what the former Nittany Lion has to say about Penn State's impressive bounce-back win over Illinois.

General Thoughts
If you're a Penn State fan, you have to be ecstatic with the way this team bounced back after the tough Iowa loss last week. All in all this marks the PSU's most complete game in my opinion. This is a testament to Joe Paterno and his staff for being able to refocus this squad and getting it back on the right track.

Game MVP
My game MVP goes to the two-headed running attack of Evan Royster and Stephfon Green. Both backs went over 100 yards in the game and both backs looked as though they could take the game over at any time. It was exciting to see Green finally break out and show us that burst that only a select number of players have. Green's play-making ability is going to have to play a role as Penn State gets into the thick of its Big Ten schedule.

Play of the Game
Green's 52-yard touchdown burst. We want more!

What I Liked
I really like how the tight ends Andrew Quarless and Mickey Shuler are both being utilized in the game plan. Neither had any huge plays Saturday, but Penn State has enough explosiveness at the skills positions for that. These two seniors are doing a great job establishing themselves as viable dump-down or check-too outlets when Clark gets pressure. We have also seen them use Shuler as an option on the goal line. On a defensive note, Penn State has some really promising new faces in Eric Latimore, Stephon Morris, Sean Stanley and Devon Still. Jack Crawford is already established on the D-line but looks like a guy who will dominate by the time it's all said and done.

What I Didn't Like
Kickoff coverage still looks a bit shaky to me. Also, there were a couple instances where Jeremy Boone was being pressured on his punts.

Did You Notice?
Quarless surpassed his catch total from last year with his first reception Saturday.

And Another Thing
Don't sleep on Eastern Illinois this week. Every game is more important than the last at this juncture

Visit Matt Hahn's Monday Morning Fullback blog, which touches on a variety of topics, at this link.

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