Penn State Football: 10 storylines that will define Nittany Lions’ 2021 season

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4. Mike Yurcich’s Penn State Football offense

Mike Yurcich brings a level of excitement to Penn State Football fans, because of the offense he brings with him. Yurcich has quite the track record of calling plays at the college level.

Yurcich spent six seasons as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, where his teams averaged 38.7 points and 479 yards per game in those seasons. According to his Oklahoma State bio, quarterback Mason Rudolph is fourth all time in the Big 12 in passing yards and third in passing yards per game. Yurcich was Rudolph’s quarterback coach and offensive coordinator for his entire college career.

Last season as the offensive coordinator at Texas, Yurcich led the Longhorns to 42.7 points per game, which trailed only Alabama and Clemson among Power 5 programs.

For The Blogy spoke very highly of Yurcich’s RPO schemes in their film breakdown of his offense. They talk about Yurcich running an innovative and up-tempo offense, which is something Penn State Football fans should be familiar with from Joe Moorhead’s two years as offensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions. Lastly, For The Blogy points out that Yurcich runs a lot of two back sets which is beneficial for a Penn State team that is loaded at running back.

Finally, Penn State Football fans should expect to finally see their quarterback under center at times this season. There have been plenty of pictures and videos from training camp on social media of the quarterbacks taking snaps under center.

Plus, in the spring practice open to fans, they ran a lot of plays under center down near the goal line, some of them being bootlegs where the quarterback would roll out to one side or the other. This should also help the running game as it will give the backs a chance to get going downhill easier in certain situations.

Penn State Football fans should expect a much improved offense this season, with a balanced attack that will be fun to watch.