Power Ranking Penn State Football Coaches’ Pose Challenge Submissions

Although TikTok could be gone forever in the coming days, James Franklin & Co. are pumping out the #GoodContent like there’s no tomorrow.

Penn State football’s coaches teamed up to put together their take on the “pose challenge.” Although some student-athletes had already gone viral for the same challenge, the coaches wanted a turn in the limelight as well.

Recruiting and visits coordinator Destiny Rodriquez posted the video compilation on TikTok and Twitter, where it has now accumulated more than 100,000 views.

Each coach struck a pose and recreated a Nittany Lion’s iconic pose. Naturally, we power ranked each submission to determine who’s the best TikTok mogul on Penn State football’s coaching staff.

11. Tyler Bowen

Although every coach’s attempt was certainly noteworthy, unfortunately, someone had to be last. Bowen recreated a pretty badass shot of Pat Freiermuth. However, he was facing the wrong way and off the video’s flow. Sorry, coach.

10. Joe Lorig

Again, I feel bad for these low rankings but it’s really gotta be someone. Special teams coordinator Joe Lorig’s pose generally hit the mark. But with a little more of Jordan Stout’s emotion, he would be higher up in the rankings.

As long as the Nittany Lions’ special teams continue to dominate, it’s fine by me if Lorig isn’t a bona fide TikTok star.

9. Kirk Ciarrocca

Although Penn State’s new offensive coordinator picked a solid Sean Clifford pose to recreate, he didn’t get too much screen time. It was by far the shortest clip in the video, which is a shame for fans of Clifford’s celebrations and Ciarrocca’s TikTok shenanigans.

Hopefully, he can make it up on the gridiron this year.

8. John Scott Jr.

Defensive line coach John Scott Jr. honestly had a really solid pose, cheesing along with Shane Simmons in the video. His portion of the video just lacked the accuracy and grit of some of the others. He does have a super contagious smile though.

7. Brent Pry

Pry really showed out with a game-ready face and solid flex. But again, he just lacked some of the pose accuracy required to get into the upper-echelon of this power ranking.

6. Ja’Juan Seider

We’re really starting to get into the good stuff here.

Penn State’s run game coordinator really hit the nail on the head. His pose looked just like the original picture of Journey Brown, and his clip really had the “it” factor. Maybe it was just him flexing in front of an NFL sign and a mural of someone else flexing, but his pose was badass.

5. Terry Smith

Terry Smith’s portion of this video was nearly seamless. He transitioned super well into the shot of Tariq Castro-Fields celebrating with his hand outstretched. He definitely could’ve put some more emotion into it, but the original pose didn’t really have any in the first place.

Regardless, a super solid showing from the assistant head coach.

4. Taylor Stubblefield

The Nittany Lions’ newest wide receivers coach is certainly making a good impression so far. His pose featured a solid display of athleticism, a decent transition, and spot-on accuracy to the original image. He even looks just like Justin Shorter wearing his mouthguard thanks to the white face mask!

Perhaps Stubblefield went all out for TikTok knowing he has a young group of wide receivers to impress. The kids love TikTok!

3. Phil Trautwein

Another very impressive showing from a new guy in town. Penn State’s offensive line coach went all out, dropping into a three-point stance to nail the pose. Although linemen don’t always have the most glorious pictures, Trautwein went above and beyond to add some pizazz to his portion.

Picture-perfect accuracy and a football prop makes this pose an easy top-three selection.

2. Tim Banks

This one needed to be near the top no matter what. The recreation of Marcus Allen’s incredibly iconic “grill ’em” pose over Pitt’s Darrin Hall is just too good. Not only was the idea great, but the execution was spot-on as well. Well done, coach.

1. James Franklin

This one was an absolute no-brainer, and it’s not just because Franklin is the head honcho. He really went all out, staying true to his “compete in everything you do” core value. Heading out to the practice field to completely hurdle someone with a football in hand is really remarkable.

It’s entirely possible that Franklin got the same amount of air as Saquon did in the original picture. He really got up. An all-around impressive display of athleticism and grit.

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Ryan Parsons

Ryan is a redshirt senior majoring in business and journalism from "Philadelphia" and mostly writes about football nowadays. You can follow him on Twitter @rjparsons9 or say hi via email at [email protected].

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