Tuesday Morning QB: PSU vs. Indiana State
Penn State steamrolled Indiana State, 41-7 on Saturday. Using the magic of digital video recording, along with my time in the press box, I was able to come up with four things from the game against Indiana State that will also be key for the upcoming week against Alabama.
1. The quarterback situation has not been resolved. However, Alabama should solve that.
Rob Bolden does not want a tw0-quarterback system. “I still want to see a first guy, either me or Matt. I think it has an advantage, but like I said, I’m not the guy calling it,” he said.
Matt McGloin does not want a two-quarterback system. “I want to be the guy. I’m not comfortable. I think guys struggle with that sometimes…I just don’t think it’s what the team wants. The team wants one guy.”
However, the one person who’s opinion matters most does not seem to be worried about playing two quarterbacks. “I think the both of them are gonna play,” Joe Paterno said. “Both of them can play. They’re gonna be fine.”
Against Alabama, it looks like Bolden will get the start. The coaches seem unwilling to put too much stock into how either quarterback played against Indiana State. McGloin had better stats–77 yards on 6-8 passing to Bolden’s 37 yards on 6-12 passing–but Bolden had two potential touchdowns dropped by his intended receivers. Both quarterbacks made a few mistakes, but they were not bad enough to warrant a benching.
My best guess is that Bolden will start, and if he struggles, the coaches will not hesitate to throw in McGloin. Either way, there should be a clear number-one quarterback heading into week three.
2. Silas Redd is going to be a beast this season.
Plenty of credit has to go to the offensive line against Indiana State for opening up huge running lanes. Redd took full advantage of this, sprinting through the holes to gain 104 yards on 12 carries. Once past the line of scrimmage, Redd displayed his athleticism, especially when he pulled off a beautiful spin move in the first quarter. An improved offensive line and loads of natural talent mean Redd will gain massive chunks of yards this season. He will need to next week to give the Nittany Lions a fighting chance against Alabama.
3. Jordan Hill and Devon Still were massive in the middle of the defense.
I meant that last statement both literally and figuratively. At 6-1, 297 lbs. and 6-5, 310 lbs., respectively, Hill and Still are big guys at the defensive tackle positions. Throughout the Indiana State game, the two pushed the opposing linemen far into the backfield. They put pressure on the quarterback Ronnie Fouch and offered zero running room. If Hill and Still can continue to perform well, Penn State will be able to pressure the quarterback without blitzing, allowing more players to focus on pass coverage.
4. Hopefully, Anthony Fera exits Paterno’s doghouse for the Alabama game.
The kicking game was abysmal on Saturday. Evan Lewis missed two field goals and an extra point, and could only get one kickoff into the end zone. Sam Ficken, his replacement, was not an improvement in the kickoff department, nor did he get a chance to kick a field goal. If the Nittany Lions are to beat Alabama, they will need to score some points from the kicking game. Either Fera needs to get back on the field, or Paterno needs to sign up some soccer players real soon.