Will Penn State’s offense match its healthy defense against Ohio State
The buildup for Penn State’s showdown with Ohio State is underway.
Lions’ head coach James Franklin will meet the media for the first time this week on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming Big Ten contest with Urban Meyer’s undefeated and top ranked Buckeyes.
Franklin’s injury policy,Cheap Jerseys china and not discussing them or the status of players that are banged up, has been discussed endlessly this year, so there’s no need to rehash it.
That said, his outlook on the Lions’ offense this week will be interesting, especially after it shined against Indiana’s porous defense in last Saturday’s 29 7 win at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State racked up 420 yards of offense in a fairly balanced showing against the Hoosiers without top backs Akeel Lynch and Saquon Barkley, and center Angelo Mangiro was sidelined too.
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Barkley’s absence was likely due to the program wanting him to be 100 percent going forward instead of being 80 percent against the Hoosiers and maybe less than fully heathy after that, as Franklin hinted at last Thursday.
As for Lynch and Mangiro, no word has been given on their status, so whether they’ll play against the Buckeyes or not is up in the air.
It goes without saying that a healthy offense that matches the Lions’ finally healthy defense would be greatly beneficial this weekend in Columbus.
Penn State finished its win over the Hoosiers with starting place kicker Joey Julius only handling kickoffs while backup Tyler Davis kicked a second half extra point and was true on a fourth quarter 30 yard field goal.
Franklin did not address what the plan would be going forward after the game, but it’s very possible that the Lions (5 1) could have a kicking battle on their hands more than a month after Julius won the job coming out of summer camp.
Penn State has yet to play in a loud road environment this year, meaning loud practices will probably be the norm this week.
The Lions scheduled set up nicely considering it hasn’t had to leave the Keystone State yet this year, but at the same time, it means early adjustments are almost a certainty after the first handful of drives.