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Blue/White Roundtable: Northwestern Edition

Submitted by on November 4, 2010No Comment

Another week, another blogger’s roundtable. For the first time in a month, though, there’s actually some optimism around these parts. Ain’t it shocking what one beat-down of Michigan can do for a fanbase?

You know the drill by know. Our friends over at JoePa’s Doghouse furnished this week’s questions, and they should have a round-up by tomorrow. If brevity isn’t your thing, you can read the full answers over at a few other blogs:

2 The Lion
William F. Yurasko

On to the questions!

1)  Congratulations to Evan Royster for breaking the all-time Penn State rushing record.  Where do you rank him compared to the PSU running backs you have seen play live?

If by “live,” you mean “in person,” then he’s #1 by default. Even if we’re expanding the list beyond that, there’s really only three Penn State running backs in my memory banks: Royster, Tony Hunt, and Larry Johnson–though recollections of the latter are faint and scattered. Well, Rodney Kinlaw, too, but he really doesn’t count. I know, I’m a kid, and unlike so many of you guys, I didn’t grow up in a Penn State household, worshipping at the alter of Joe Paterno. So Royster is really all I’ve got in terms of a memorable runner. I’ve always been a fan of his, and while I was proud to see him set the record, I was more impressed by how he did it. It was all but a given that Royster would pass Curt Warner last Saturday, but to do it on a 20-yard run, in part of a 150-yard game…that was phenomenal for a guy who’s taken nothing but grief all season.

2)  Okay, I guess we need to have one QB question.  Will we see Kevin Newsome get any significant playing time this year? Where do you think he will be in 2011?

Thanks for throwing us a softball here, because this question has a very easy answer: No. Sure, Newsome was sick, and yes, he was battling a knee injury, but if the staff even thought Newsome had a shot to be in the plans at quarterback in the future, he’d have been starting last week. No, and you could see this one coming from a long way out, if Newsome stays at Penn State beyond this season, it won’t be as the #4 quarterback. Joe has been saying it since the spring, that Kevin would make a heck of a safety or a running back–my guess is that Newsome either redshirts in 2011 while transitioning to one or the other, or simply finds himself at another position.
3)  Against Michigan, Nate Cadogan was used as a “TE” in some goal line situations.  What other outside the box ideas (offense or defense) can you come up with to provide additional sparks?

To be honest, I’m not sure this was a move born out of innovation, but rather desperation. Without Andrew Sczcerba (honestly, I don’t mind the injury so much since I don’t have to try and spell that name too often) and Garry Gilliam, Penn State was down to a true freshman in Kevin Haplea and a bunch of walk-ons. Why not go with an undersized tackle at tight end–he’s better than anything else we’ve got. Now, I’m not sure if this qualifies as “outside the box,” but I think Penn State would benefit greatly by putting their best linebackers on the field–sorry Bani, and Chris, I saw improvement last week, but you’ve got a ways to go. Fortt-Mauti-Hodges, or Stupar-Mauti-Hodges, with Fortt getting the LaVar treatment–just go after the guy with the ball.

4)  Which lifted curse was most satisfying: Royster converting a 4th & 1, Graham Zug making big-time catches, offensive success in the red zone, or PSU winning as underdog? Do you think it will carry over for the remainder of the season?

It’ll probably sound stupid, since it was merely one play, but that Evan Royster run on 4th and 1 was just incredible. In the grand scheme of things, it certainly wasn’t as big as the consistent red zone success, or, you know, winning the game, but for that one moment, I couldn’t have been more overjoyed. Here was a Penn State offense that’s been downright brutal on 3rd and 4th and short, an offensive line that’s been getting no push, a running back who’s been so maligned by the media–and it was all Royster, too–stopped at first, but with the continual drive, the legs still churning, spinning, doing everything he could to fight for every inch and in the end, it was the spark that really got the crowd going, and that spurred Penn State to the emotional victory.

5)  Whether you were at this game or not, we’ve all had to put up with douchebag Michigan fans.  Give me your best encounter with such a jerk.

Honestly, I haven’t had such bad experiences with Michigan fans. Maybe I’m just lucky–or biased, since a bunch of my close friends go to Michigan–but I’ve had far worse encounters with Ohio State and Iowa fans. Sure, Michigan fans are, by and large, on the douchey side, especially in their internet presence, but the fans I met and talked with on Saturday were pretty nice guys, and hated DickRod as much as we do.

Kibbles N Bits

1)  If you had to choose, would you rather have JoePa get his 400th win at home this Saturday against Northwestern or next week in front of stunned Buckeyes?

This week, only because losing to Northwestern would bring out all the haters again. Also, I want to see this honor get the recognition it deserves, and I can’t think of any better way to celebrate than 110,000 fans chanting Joepa-Terno as the clock ticks down to zero.

2)  Northwestern has given up more sacks than any team in the Big Ten.  Penn State has recorded the second fewest.  I’m setting the over/under at 1.5.  What say you?

I’ll take the over. Penn State should pick up 2, even though Northwestern tries a quick-strike offense to limit the awfulness of their offensive line.

3)  You have to admit that Northwestern has a pretty ugly color combination.  Let’s throw them a bone.  What’s your most prized purple possession?

That’s a tough one, but I’ll go with this purple fleece blanket I’ve had since I was like 4. It’s mad small, but I grew up with that thing. Although now that I think of it, it’s really more of a periwinkle.

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