Penn State has played six games and they will play six more in 2012. With the laziest, surely to be inaccurate formula, let’s double some midseason stats and see what they project out to for the entire season.
QB Matt McGloin
I don’t expect anyone to believe that McGloin will only throw 4 interceptions this year but a 24 touchdown season would tie the record, and it’s not that far-fetched. The record for yards in a season is 3,004. Also, McGloin needs just 9 more touchdown passes to tie the career TD mark of 43. He’s on pace to shatter the record for completions in a season. His 136 are well over half way to the mark of 234, set by Anthony Morelli.
RB/FB Zach Zwinak
317 rushing yards
68 receiving yards
634 rushing yards
136 receiving yards
In fairness, Zwinak has really only played the last three games. If you triple his stats, accordingly, he’d be on pace for around 1,150 total yards and 9 touchdowns. However, he probably won’t carry the load for every remaining game on the schedule and may be slowed by a Big Ten defense here or there…
WR Allen Robinson
Here are the single season records: 63 receptions, 1084 yards, 13 touchdowns. ARob has already tied the record for receptions by a sophomore and you’d have to believe he’s catching that record of 63 receptions, if not the other two big ones.
TE Kyle Carter
Kyle was recently added to the John Mackey Award watch list. It’s awarded to the top tight end in the nation, annually. The record for receptions by a tight end is 41 and the yardage mark is 600. It’s tough to project Carter’s stats as Penn State utilizes so many different tight ends, but he has already eclipsed the sum of the tight end production from last year.
DT Jordan Hill
That many tackles from a defensive tackle would be very impressive. In comparison, Devon Still had 55 last year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the tackles for loss number rise as the season goes on.
LB Michael Mauti
Mauti isn’t a threat to break Greg Buttle’s record of 165 tackles (JEEZ) but he is certainly on a good pace.
In conclusion, nothing here is conclusive. Penn State’s offense is doing really well, but they need to keep it up for a 2nd half of a season. Some of these numbers will not hit their projections…others will exceed them.
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