Penn State vs Maryland Game Grades

10 of 10

Nov 1, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts to a call against the Maryland Terrapins during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Head Coach

This was one of the tougher weeks to grade for me. At times it’s hard to see a plan offensively, but when you’re forced to make do with the line that was put out on the field this week, your options are limited. I understand the idea to try and get the ball out of Hack’s hands as quickly as possible at times, but I believe defenses expect it now. Also, when you can’t run the ball, it is nearly impossible to trick the defense or even make them stay honest. The defense was tremendous as usual, but the special teams issues need to be worked out. I understand this team is on a four-game losing streak, but this crew is still hit by the sanctions and I think they deserve more time to prove their product works before we put them out to pasture.

Grade: C