Sep 24, 2011; State College, PA, USA; A Penn State Nittany Lions cheerleader during the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Eastern Michigan 34-6.Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football At The Trade Deadline

I hope you can follow me on this one.  Yesterday was the NHL’s trade deadline, and as a borderline obsessive hockey fan, it’s one of my favorite days on the calendar.  As a Blue Jackets fan (yes, we actually exist), it’s usually a day of watching the only guys the rest of the league has ever heard of get shipped off to greener pastures.  However, as I listened to the coverage yesterday, and heard real life hockey players coming tothe Jackets, my mind started to wander, as it is known to do.  What if we had something like this is college football?

Surely Alabama would take the opportunity to turn some of their extra parts Saban is just going to cut into more All Americans.  The perpetual bottom feeders would stock their programs with prospects, while shipping their seniors off to contending programs before they lost them for nothing to free agency graduation.  In such a system, what would our Penn State Nittany Lions do?  For the purposes of my warped idea, Mark Emmert doesn’t exist, and PSU actually gets to play with 85 scholarships.  I wish we lived in a world where my warped ideas were reality.  At least this one.

I think we can agree Penn State’s biggest hole to fill this season on offense lies at quarterback.  The offensive line is largely in tact, there is budding talent at receiver, and a stable of talented running backs.  If it weren’t for a first time starter taking snaps when the season opens, we could be talking about one of the more potent offenses in the country.  Now imagine a situation where PSU could give up some depth players, and grab a talented, experienced signal caller to fill the missing piece at QB.  You’re not going to get Aaron Murray or A.J. McCarron in this little scenario, but maybe Notre Dame would listen to offers for Tommy Rees.  Now, before you move to burn me at the stake, you should probably remember what Bill O’Brien and Charlie Fisher did with Matt McGloin.  Rees has starting experience, and some raw ability.  If only it wouldn’t involve dealing with evil empire in South Bend.  If you want a little less sour taste in your mouth, Mack Brown has Case McCoy sitting behind David Ash, and young talent sitting behind both of them.

On defense, my biggest concern is probably linebacker depth.  The starting 3 (or 4 if you desire) are solid, but there is a whole bunch of unknown behind them.   At quarterback, it was an experienced starter, but at linebacker, I would be looking for young talent.  I’ve already eschewed reality for this little game, so we might as well go all out and take a look at Alabama’s roster, which lists 18 linebackers.  Surely Coach Saban has a couple he can spare.  Maybe we can give him an extra scholarship or two.  He sure does like to go over that limit of 85, and a couple extras wouldn’t hurt.

Of course this will never happen, but during these long off season days (with apologies to spring football), it’s a fun “what if” game to play.  What positions would you like to address? What players would you like to see PSU trade for?  Just how nuts am I?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!
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