Penn State - Purdue: Report Card

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We haven’t done a report card in a few weeks but after yesterday’s performance, I wanted to take a look the positions and hand out some As.

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks:  A

Another week, another 300 yard, 2 touchdown performance from Matt McGloin. It’s really unimaginable when you think about the play of Matt McGloin. In 2010 he had a decent year, statistically, but it always looked like he was getting lucky, plus he had huge struggles against good teams. Last week against Ohio State, he completed 60% of his passes for 327 yards and 2 touchdowns. Some will focus on the pick-six, and that’s fine, but keep in mind that Ryan Shazier is an all-conference caliber linebacker and that was a great call on defense.

Running Backs:  A

Zach Zwinak had a career high 134 yards, his 4th game of at least 94 yards on the season. Zordich added two touchdowns. There were some questions about Bill Belton yesterday. He did check into the game at one point, though briefly. When asked about it, Bill O’Brien said that Belton “needs to earn it in practice.” Whatever the issue is, hopefully Belton gets it figured out soon and gets on the field. His playmaking potential will be needed next week.

Wide Receivers:  A

Brandon Moseby-Felder joined in with a career game of his own, setting the pace with 134 yards and a touchdown. Allen Robinson chipped in with another 5 catches and 58 yards while freshmen Trevor Williams and Matt Zanellato got in on the action, as well.

Tight Ends:  B

Yesterday’s output would have been better than good in previous seasons but the bar has been raised. In the absence of Kyle Carter, Jesse James had 3 catches for 49 yards and a TD while Lehman and Gilliam had a catch each for 12 and 8 yards, respectively.

Offensive Line:  A

The offense had over 500 total yards and McGloin had all day in the pocket. There was an issue with a late snap that caused a delay of game penalty, then McGloin tossed the ball at Stankiewitch’s head. For the record, those two are roommates on campus and I’d imagine Matt will pay for that. At least he would if I were Stank!

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