Penn State Report Card: Mid-Season Edition

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Rather than a report card for the A+ performance against Northwestern (minus special teams), let’s take a look at Penn State’s units for the first half of 2012.


Quarterbacks:  A

Matt McGloin is leading the Big Ten in passing yards and is tied for the lead in passing touchdowns and total touchdowns. At this pace, he’ll challenge some Penn State season records this year. His comeback performance against Northwestern solidified the A grade.

Running Backs:  B

Despite the leading rusher having just over 300 yards, the running game has been effective and Bill O’Brien may have found his feature back in Zach Zwinak. He’s not the homerun threat that Belton is, but he is a strong runner and gets tough yards between the tackles. He’s averaging over 100 yards for the last 3 weeks.

Wide Receivers:  A-

Allen Robinson is on pace to shatter most of Penn State’s singe season records. The rest of the unit hasn’t been electrifying, but as Bill O’Brien says “there’s only one ball.”

Tight Ends:  A

5 tight ends have combined for 41 catches so far. They line up wide, tight and in the backfield creating matchup problems all over the field. The tight ends have been a big difference in this year’s offense.

Offensive Line:  B+

Despite injuries on the line, McGloin has only been sacked 7 times in six games and the team is averaging almost 140 rushing yards per game.

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