PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

James Franklin Has His Guy With Ricky Rahne As Offensive Coordinator

The departure of former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead to Mississippi State left a void in James Franklin’s coaching staff that quickly needed to be filled. Fortunately for new offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne, Franklin is “a big believer of promoting from within”.

Franklin, who will complete his fourth season leading Penn State on Saturday, had a lot to say about his new offensive coordinator during the week leading up to the Fiesta Bowl. Franklin promoted Rahne to his new position on December 1, leaving his team without an offensive coordinator for all of 48 hours.

Sometimes you have to go [with an] outside [hire] and we’re ready and prepared to do that,” Franklin said of choosing a new OC, “but when you got really smart, talented people that have been loyal and in it for the right reasons, I think [hiring Ricky Rahne] makes a lot of sense. “

Ricky Rahne was one of many assistant coaches who joined Penn State along with Franklin in 2014. He was hired as Vanderbilt’s quarterbacks coach from 2011-13 and earned the same position in Happy Valley in 2014. Promoting Rahne to offensive coordinator gives James Franklin’s offense stability and familiarity, something that an outside hire would not have provided.

I really didn’t want to change offenses again,” Franklin said. “I think that’s, again, where you can have some consistency in your program. You got veteran quarterbacks, you’ve got a veteran offense that knows our scheme. If you’re going to go out and hire a high-powered coordinator from somewhere else, you can’t expect them to come in and run your system. You’ve got to hire them to come in and run what they’ve been successful doing. For us, that was an option, or the [other] option was to stay in-house and allow this team to continue to grow. Ricky’s done a great job of it.”

Prior to making the hire official, Franklin talked to some of his players — most notably Trace McSorley and Tommy Stevens — about their thoughts on the hire. In the 29 days since Moorhead’s departure, the transition has been smooth.

The quarterbacks in our room were a big part of that,” Franklin said. “Ricky recruited every single quarterback in our room, so I think a lot of it had to do with what Trace McSorley felt good about, what Tommy Stevens felt good about. Talking to the players, it’s been a really smooth transition for the most part.”

As for the advice Franklin gave to Ricky Rahne, it was simple: he wants his new OC to just be himself.

I want Ricky to be Ricky,” he said. “Don’t try to come in and be someone else. Be authentic, be you, and the offense will evolve, no different than it did between year one and year two, it will evolve again this year.”

Rahne will make his official debut as Penn State’s offensive coordinator on Saturday afternoon in Glendale when the Nittany Lions take on No. 11 Washington. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium.

About the Author

Mikey Mandarino

Mikey is a sophomore journalism major and staff writer for Onward State from Bedminster, NJ. He loves to watch sports, but hockey has always been his favorite. Mikey is the first Penn Stater in his family and is an expert on the New Jersey Devils, chicken parm, and country music. If you're dying to see more hockey content on your timeline, you can follow Mikey on Twitter @mikey_mandarino. You can also send any questions, comments, and/or hate mail via email to [email protected]

Comments

State College Links
More by Mikey

Lion’s Paw Medal Winner Roger Williams To Discuss New Book On Evan Pugh

The lifelong Penn Stater will be back on campus to discuss his recently-released book, which focuses on Evan Pugh’s tenure as president of the university.

The Grades Are In: How Blue-White Players To Watch Performed

Mac Hippenhammer Steals The Show At Blue-White Weekend

Athletics

Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Loses To No. 1 Stony Brook 21-13

The Nittany Lions had five players finish with three points apiece in Tuesday’s road loss to the undefeated Seawolves.

Tony Carr Signs With Octagon Basketball Agency

Penn State Baseball, Lion’s Pantry Join Forces To Help Fight Food Insecurity

Penn State Men’s Gymnastics Sophomore Stephen Nedoroscik Crowned Pommel Horse National Champion

Penn State Baseball’s Offense Better Suited For Football

Student Life

Penn State Graduate Students Elect Not To Unionize

The Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE), which started its campaign to unionize in January of 2017, attempted to join more than 30 public and private universities with graduate student unions.

Life Is A Journey To Be Experienced, Not Solved: Nathaniel Pinskey’s Senior Column

Night Of Remembrance To Honor Students Who Passed Away This Year

Saquon Barkley Shows Some Skin On SI Cover

The NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 26, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Barkley is expected to be a top-five pick, and he and his most vehement supporters say there’s no reason he won’t go No. 1 overall.

The Grades Are In: How Blue-White Players To Watch Performed

Micah Parsons, Nick Tarburton, and Lamont Wade all did themselves well in new positions over the weekend, while Sean Clifford showed us what he’s capable of.

Penn State Graduate Students Elect Not To Unionize

The Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE), which started its campaign to unionize in January of 2017, attempted to join more than 30 public and private universities with graduate student unions.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Life Is A Journey To Be Experienced, Not Solved: Nathaniel Pinskey’s Senior Column

“I made mistakes, I changed my major, I made a fool of myself more often than not, and yet I somehow made it to the last week of classes.”

Send this to a friend