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Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:25 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Bill O'Brien finalizes first staff at Penn State

Posted by Bryan Fischer

New Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien has finalized his coaching staff for the 2012 season with the hire of Charlie Fisher as quarterbacks coach. Fisher joins the Nittany Lions after one season at Miami of Ohio as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“With the hiring of Charlie Fisher as quarterbacks coach, we have completed the Penn State football coaching staff,” O’Brien said in a release. “This is a staff made up of men who care about the mission of Penn State University and being successful on and off the field.  It is also a staff of winners, with five staff members that have been a part of national championship teams as assistant coaches.  This is a staff that has won many games; some while being a part of the same staff, and is a staff comprised of former head coaches, coordinators and tremendous recruiting experience.”

Fisher spent nine years on the Vanderbilt staff, the last five as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. While with the Commodores, he was helped with the development of quarterback Jay Cutler and coached the SEC's all-time receptions leader, wide receiver Earl Bennett. Fisher also had coaching stops at N.C. State, Temple and Eastern Kentucky.

Wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London, offensive line coach Mac McWhorter, tight ends coach John Strollo, defensive coordinator Ted Roof, secondary coach John Butler, defensive line coach Larry Johnson and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden round out the Nittany Lions staff.

Penn State will start spring practice on March 26. The annual Blue-White spring game will be Saturday, April 21 in Beaver Stadium.

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Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:55 pm
 

Big 12 poll reactions, Week 4

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Big 12 fared, from the top of the polls to its bottom, and what it means. 

(AP/Coaches)

2/1. Oklahoma

The Sooners can no longer lay claim to being the undisputed poll champions of the universe this week as they're knocked down a spot in the AP poll to make room for LSU. Which, if you've been reading these in recent weeks, is the right thing to do. LSU has three wins against ranked opponents already this season, and none of them have come in Baton Rouge. Oklahoma has a nice win on the road against Florida State, but its other two wins against Tulsa and Missouri just don't compete with what LSU has done.  I'm also encouraged to see that the media has taken this into account, unlike the coaches who will only move a team down if it loses.

5/6. Oklahoma State

The Big 12 belongs to the state of Oklahoma, as both of the state's teams are ranked no worse than 6th in any of the polls. What's hilarious to me here, however, is that while the Cowboys jump two spots in the AP poll after beating a Texas A&M team that was ranked 8th last week, the coaches keep Oklahoma State at 6th. They are very impressed with your win on the road, Oklahoma State! Just not enough to actually make any changes. They're still much more impressed by Stanford's wins over bad teams like San Jose State, Duke and Arizona. I won't complain too much about Boise State being ahead of the Cowboys here, but that's debatable as well.

14/13. Texas A&M

As you'd expect, the Aggies tumble in the polls this week following the loss at home against Oklahoma State. It's a logic that is rather hard to really argue against, though I suppose there are a number of undefeated teams below A&M in the polls that could raise a fuss if they wanted to. The real question for the Aggies at this point though is how far will they climb or fall in the polls after facing Arkansas this weekend. They weren't able to get the Oklahoma State monkey off their back, can they get the Razorback off their monkey? (That's a terrible joke, but I'm not going to apologize for it.)

15/16. Baylor

Well look who is moving on up. Yes it's odd that pollsters are showing more respect for Baylor following a win against Rice than they did for the win against TCU, but I don't think Baylor is going to complain. The fact that they appear in a poll is good enough for the Baylor faithful as it is, the fact that the Bears keep on climbing is like a dream. This team goes as high as Robert Griffin wants to take it.

17/17. Texas

Sometimes taking a week off can work to your benefit, and that's exactly what happened for Texas this week. It was able to just sit on the sidelines while a couple of teams ranked above it lost, and the Longhorns get the bye week bump because of it. While the win over UCLA last week made me a lot more optimistic about the Longhorns this season than I had been, as I've said for weeks, this ranking is a bit to high for my tastes. We'll have to wait and see what happens when the Longhorns head to Ames this Saturday looking for revenge.

Others Receiving Votes

Iowa State

Iowa State also received a bye week bump this week, which is somewhat rare for teams that weren't already ranked to begin with. Voters tend to forget about you when you weren't already on the ballot and didn't play. Still, the Cyclones manage to creep ever closer to having that heralded number next to their name, and if they pull off a win against Texas this weekend, I have a feeling they'll finally get it. 

Kansas State

How do you get voters to notice your 3-0 start to the season? You go down to South Beach and beat Miami, that's how. Things have really turned around since the opening week of the season when the Wildcats struggled to beat Eastern Kentucky 10-7. At the moment, receiving a few votes here and there is exactly where Kansas State deserves to be, but if it can pull off a win against Baylor on Saturday, it might sneak into the rankings next week. 
Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Bryce Brown has some work to do

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Coming into this new season one of the things I really wanted to see with Kansas State was the debut of Bryce Brown. Brown was a highly-touted running back coming out of high school that eventually committed to Tennessee before transferring back home to Kansas State. Well, we really didn't get to see much of Brown in Kansas State's narrow 10-7 win over Eastern Kentucky last weekend, as he carried the ball only 3 times for a total of 16 yards. Brown also coughed up one of the four fumbles that the Wildcats had in the game, which was a major reason why the team struggled to score points.

I was wondering if we'd have a chance to see more of Brown this weekend against Kent State, but that doesn't seem to be the case. He's currently listed third on the Kansas State depth chart, and according to head coach Bill Snyder, Bryce still has some work to do if he wants to see more carries on offense.

"I think for him, getting invested is probably the most significant thing for him," Snyder told the Manhattan Mercury. "And I think he's making some headway in that respect. I think he's a little more into it. He missed a lot during the course of the summer, so there's a lot of catching up for him to do." 

Snyder also went on to say that when Brown will get more time with the offense is "up to him."

Sophomore back John Hubert is currently on top of the depth chart, and he rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries against Eastern Kentucky, so at the moment it's hard to justify Brown taking his place. That being said, it's not like the Kansas State offense played well in the opener, and regardless of where Brown is on the depth chart, the quicker he can start contributing to the team, the better off the Wildcats will be.
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:20 am
 

What I learned from the Big 12 (Sep. 3)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. There's a reason the other conferences want the Oklahoma schools. Okay, so I knew that going into the weekend, but both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State showed why both schools began the year ranked in the top ten. Sure, the opponents weren't exactly the best college football has to offer, but the two Oklahoma offenses might be. Combined the Sooners and Cowboys outscored their opponents 108-48 and racked up 1,329 yards. That's getting it done when you have the ball.

2. Garrett Gilbert is improving. It's dangerous to rate a team or a player based on one game, but Texas fans had to be happier with the Garrett Gilbert they saw against Rice on Saturday night. In the season opener against Rice last season Gilbert completed 14 of 23 passes for 172 yards and no touchdowns. On Saturday he threw for 239 yards and a score, including a pretty little 56-yard bomb to Mike Davis with the Longhorns pressed against their own goal line. He didn't throw an inteception either, and while these might be baby steps, at least they're baby steps in the right direction.

3. Baylor is still one of the most entertaining teams in the country. Without a doubt, the biggest story of the weekend in the Big 12 so far is Baylor's 50-48 win over TCU on Friday night. Of course, while the Baylor offense showed the entire country why it's so fun to watch, the Baylor defense also showed the country why you can't turn a Baylor game off no matter what the score is. There are going to be plenty more shootouts to enjoy in Waco this season.

4. James Franklin needs some work. Missouri picked up a win against Miami (OH) to start the season, but James Franklin didn't do too much to erase the memory of Blaine Gabbert. Franklin averaged only 5.0 yards per attempt passing on Saturday as the Tigers offense struggled to get points. Most of the yards Franklin did complete came on screens, and even though the Mizzou defense still looks stout, Franklin is going to have to improve his downfield passing if the Tigers want to compete with the top-tier teams in the Big 12.

5. Kansas may not be the worst team in the conference. Remember last season when the Jayhawks started their season with an embarrassing 6-3 loss against North Dakota State? Yeah, well not this season. The Jayhawks handled McNeese State 42-24 on Saturday night while both Kansas State and Iowa State needed last-minute touchdown drives to escape their respective games against Eastern Kentucky and Northern Iowa.

6. Off-field distractions don't seem to be on-field distractions. There's a lot of talk surrounding the Big 12 these days about schools leaving and the conference ceasing to exist, but it didn't show on the field. Sure, teams like Kansas State and Iowa State struggled, but the Big 12 is 9-0 in its first nine games of the year. If Texas A&M can beat SMU on Sunday night, the conference moves to 10-0. 
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 12:56 pm
 

K-State QB job is Collin Klein's to lose

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder didn't come out and say it directly, it sounds like Collin Klein will be Kansas State's starting quarterback this season. Snyder would only go as far as saying that Klein will be the team's starting quarterback for fall practice.

“He’ll take the first snap when we start in the fall,” Snyder told the Kansas City Star.

Now while Snyder didn't say that Klein would start when Kansas State opens its season against Eastern Kentucky, he did drop a hint that it might be the case. Instead of saying that Klein would be in a battle with fellow quarterbacks Justin Tuggle and Sammuel Lamur, Snyder said that he hopes "it will be competitive." Which, to me, sounds as though the job is Klein's and unless he performs terribly in practice, he'll be starting against Eastern Kentucky.

Klein got plenty of playing time for the Wildcats last season, but most of it was as a change of pace to Carson Coffman. Klein was used more as a running quarterback than a passer, rushing for 432 yards and 6 touchdowns on 76 carries while only throwing 18 passes for 138 yards. So it is possible that while Klein may start the season on top of the depth chart, if he doesn't improve his passing he might not be there for long.
 
 
 
 
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