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In The Word of the Day, Uncategorized on January 1, 2013 at 11:30 am

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On New Years day 2012 Philly Pressbox posted our first article at https://phillypressbox.wordpress.com. We had no idea what to expect or if anyone would have enough interest in our passion, Philly Sports, to bother to read and/or comment on what we had to say. We had no idea what Facebook was, or what Twitter was, so we had to recruit the boys to move us in to the social media world.

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2012 Penn State Season Preview

In College Football, Penn State Football on August 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

With the college football season upon us we asked our friends at College Football Coverage to provide Philly Pressbox with an update preview of the upcoming 2012 season. As usual, they have provided in-depth position player analysis and game by game win-loss predictions. With all of the turmoil of the last year, a new coaching staff and the loss of several key players it looks like rough times ahead for Nittany Lions in 2012.

Feel free to leave your comments below. Also, you can follow all of college football, including weekly breakdowns of the top five games of the week, as well as order a nice college football preview at www.collegefootballcoverage.com. The website is free and the preview is available for only $2.99. The preview doesn’t cost much but it’s full of great information for the college football fan.

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2012 Preview

Penn State Nittany Lions

 2011 Review

 Last season was a very disappointing year for the wonderful fan base, alumni and of course the storied football program of Penn State. Joe Paterno, the legendary coach of 61 years, was caught up in a very difficult situation that eventually led to his dismissal. With everything going on around the program, the team rallied and fought hard, but it was still another subpar season on the football field for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State finished the season at 9-4 and lost 3 of the last 4 games including a blowout loss to Houston in their bowl game. The offense really struggled in 2011 ranking near the bottom of the FBS in total offense averaging 342 yards per game. They also had a hard time scoring points averaging below 20 point per game. In fact, they were ranked 110 in scoring offense. The running game was really mediocre as well ranking 46th in the FBS with only 165 yards a game. Silas Redd is a very good player, but teams really stacked the box with the inability of the QB’s to distribute the football effectively. The passing offense ranked near the bottom at 96th in the FBS and only generated 177 yards a game. It was a very tough year across the board for the offense and the only positive was the offensive line which only allowed 1 sack a game and ranked 18th nationally in this category.

The defense was very strong in 2011, really driving the Nittany Lions to their 9-4 season. They ranked 5th in scoring defense at just over 16 points a game and 20th in total defense in the FBS. The rush defense wasn’t great ranking 42nd and giving up 165 yards a game, but the pass defense was strong ranking in the top 20 at number 17. They were also able to get pressure on the opposing QB’s ranking 26th in sacks for the season with over 2 sacks a game. The defense was the glue that held things together in this very difficult and tumultuous season for PSU.

Longtime assistant coach Tom Bradley filled in admirably when Paterno was let go, and he provided a glimpse into the kind of head coach he could be, but the Nittany Lions were just not talented enough to overcome their deficiencies on the offensive side of the ball.

 2012 Preview

  Penn State is looking for a fresh start as they embark on the first season without Joe Paterno on the sidelines. There were some people out there, including alumni, that didn’t particularly like the direction that the school went when they hired an outsider with no Penn State ties. Bill O’Brien, a first time head coach, and former offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick in New England, was hired to replace the long time legend in Happy Valley. We at CFC actually feel this was a great move by the school and not just a stopgap to something else in the future. This hire has the potential to be a monumental move and one that could save the program and actually propel it into the new age of college football. It will be tough with the hand that they were dealt by the NCAA, but he has handled himself very well and done a great job holding things together. O’Brien will implement more pro-style elements to the offense, he will develop the QB’s and the smartest thing he did upon being hired, was keep assistant coaches Larry Johnson, one of the best recruiters in the country and LB’s coach Ron Vanderlinden.

Before the sanctions came down, things looked positive for this new staff. They were recruiting well, there was a new buzz around the program and there was true optimism about what the future could hold.

Then came the very unique and uncharacteristic ruling by the NCAA, after the Freeh report was released, hitting the university with major sanctions including a 4 year bowl ban and the loss of scholarships over the next 4 years. This matter has been discussed and covered in this very forum, so we won’t get into the particulars of the validity of the report or the sanctions, but the NCAA was very heavy handed with the sanctions and it changed the entire dynamic for the 2012 season.

With ten players transferring including some of the very best on the roster in Silas Redd, Justin Brown and Khairi Fortt, this left PSU with a huge void in terms of depth and the offense will simply not be very dynamic with loss of such playmakers.

Penn State will now return two starters from last year’s offense that really struggled to be consistent. McGloin will be the starting QB and look for him to play better under the tutelage of O’Brien, but he has a very limited skill set.

The running game will look different with Redd at USC, and look for Bill Belton, Derek Day and freshman Akeel Lynch to get the bulk of the carries. This could be a serviceable group for PSU and Lynch is exciting, and could be the future at the position for the Nittany Lions.

The wide receivers will need to step up with the loss of Smith and Brown in the off season. Players like Shawney Kersey, Alex Kenney and Allen Robinson will have to produce. This is an inexperienced group, but they do have some talent.

The offensive line was pretty good last season, but they only return one starter from that group. Now, they do have some players coming back that have played before, so there is some experience. They will need to be the foundation for the Nittany Lions in 2012, and they have recruited well in this area, so we don’t expect a huge drop-off. This could actually be the best position group for PSU in 2012.

The defense will need to replace four of the front seven and two of the back four, but they have been able to recruit very well on this side of the ball, so we don’t expect a major drop-off in terms of production. A lot of the players that will fill-in next season have played for the Nittany Lions in the past. Players like LB’s Mike Hull and Glenn Carson.

Look for DE Deon Barnes and DE Sean Stanley to have a big years and DE Pete Massaro is back from an injury and he will provide depth. At defensive tackle PSU is pretty healthy with the likes of DaQuan Jones and Jordan Hill playing at the Nose and 3-Technique.

The second level will be solid with the above mentioned Carson stepping in. LB Michael Mauti is back and his leadership will be needed and of course the Nittany Lions return a tremendous player in Gerald Hodges at OLB.

If there is one area of concern for Penn State on defense though, it has to be the secondary, as they don’t have much depth. They will have two new starters pairing up with Stephen Morris and Malcolm Willis, who are back in 2012 for PSU. Corner Back Adrian Amos and Safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong will have to step up and fill the void of the departing seniors from last season. Unlike up front on the defensive line, they just don’t have the bodies to feel comfortable if any injuries occur.

Overall we expect the defense to still be very good and they will likely keep PSU in a lot of the games in 2012.

 Prediction Time:

 The schedule will be tough on Penn State in 2012, even with 7 home games. There will be some highs and lows, but with us projecting inconsistent QB play again, the Nittany Lions will once again struggle in some of the bigger games. We expect the offense to really struggle with big plays in the pass game and the run game will be more serviceable than explosive. The defense will keep the Nittany Lions in some ball games, but it won’t be enough.

We believe that the Nittany Lions will play inspired ball early in the season, but once the schedule starts to get difficult, the season will turn for the worse and we expect to see a very tough run through late September all the way through the end of the season. Below is our forecast for the season with game predictions.

  Schedule and Prediction for 2012 Season

 CFC predicts that Penn State will go 4-8 in 2012

 9/1 OHIO AT PEN STATE –- WIN

9/8 PENN STATE AT VIRGINIA – LOSS

9/15 NAVY AT PENN STATE — WIN

9/22 TEMPLE AT PENN STATE — WIN

9/29 PENN STATE AT ILLINOIS – Loss

10/6 NORTHWESTERN AT PENN STATE – Loss

10/13 OPEN DATE

10/20 PENN STATE AT IOWA – Loss

10/27 OHIO STATE AT PENN STATE – LOSS

11/3 PENN STATE AT PURDUE– Loss

11/10 PENN STATE AT NEBRASKA — LOSS

11/17 INDIANA AT PENN STATE – WIN

11/24 WISCONSIN AT PENN STATE — LOSS

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The Colllege Football Coverage Preview

In College Football on August 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm
This is a annual put together by our friends at College Football Coverage. It’s a great easy to read book with extensive detailed break downs of the Top 25 teams as well as predictions on how each conference will finish in the standings. There’s also a look at the pre-season Heisman candidates. All for only $2.99. See how you can purchase it below. Check it out and click on the College Football Coverage link below and follow throughout the season.
 
The CollegeFootballCoverage.com 2012 College Football Preview Book is a comprehensive look into the upcoming college football season. You won’t find pictures, fluff or filler in this preview, just the information that any avid college football fan would want heading into the season. So what makes our publication different from all of the other preview publications out there? We have a very simple and concise format for you to follow, and we provide a quick snapshot of the overall landscape of college football. It makes for a quick read and provides enough information for you to be informed on how things will play out in 2012.
The CFC preview book is highlighted by our in-depth look at the TOP 25 teams, the Heisman preview, National Title Game preview and predictions on the BCS games; and we provide you with our predictions on how things will play out in each conference.
 
The CFC 2012 College Football Preview Book was designed specifically for tablet users. You can purchase it at the following online stores:Apple IBookstore (for Ipad) — available now
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PSU, TEMPLE, NOVA, PENN RECRUITING RESULTS

In Philly College Sports on February 2, 2012 at 12:13 am

Like new Penn State Head Football Coach Bill O’Brien didn’t already have his hands full replacing a legend in Joe Paterno and a staff that had been together for 20-35 years he also only had 3 weeks to put together a staff and to pull together a recruiting class that had already lost several very highly regarded verbal commitments and, oh by the way, prepare for the Super Bowl. Here at Philly Pressbox we asked our resident recuiting expert from College Football Coverage, Terry Howse, to provide the list of PSU recruits with a quick breakdown and his rating of the class as a whole.

“This was not your typical PSU class, for so many reasons, and there were some players that were lost because of the unfortunate circumstances that surround the program. At one time during this recruiting cycle, PSU was poised to sign a top 10-15 class with players such as Jaron Jones, Tommy Schutt, Armani Reeves and Joey O’Connor, all 4 star players as per Rivals and part of the Rivals 250 list. Jones ended up at ND and Schutt, Reeves and O’Connor all committed to rival OSU.”

“This class still has some quality players including 4 star WR Eugene Lewis, who was an all everything Athlete at Wyoming Valley. This kid could step in and provide some much needed excitement and explosiveness at WR. The other player that we feel could make an impact is Jamil Pollard from West Deptford in NJ. Great natural size at 6-5/280 and could develop into a solid player up front.”

National Rank: 50 Big Ten Ranking: 5th Our Grade: D

Name

Pos

Ht/Wt

Stars

Rank

Steven Bench

QB

6-3/206

              ***

NR

Da’Quan Davis

DB

5-11/172

              **

NR

Derek Dowrey

DT

6-3/279

              **

NR

Brian Gaia

OL

6-5/285

              ***

23

Malik Golden

ATH

6-1/185

              ***

NR

Jesse James

TE

6-7/248

              ***

NR

Austin Johnson

DT

6-4/276

              ***

NR

Jake Kiley

ATH

6-2/173

              **

NR

Wendy Laurent

DT

6-4/285

              **

NR

Eugene Lewis

WR

6-2/181

              ****

22

Jordan Lucas

DB

6-1/195

              ***

NR

Akeel Lynch

RB

6-0/205

              ***

29

Jamil Pollard

DT

6-5/280

              ****

20

Evan Schwan

DE

6-6/235

              **

NR

Anthony Stanko

OL

6-5/302

              ***

46

Jonathan Warner

WR

6-2/200

              **

NR

Nyeem Wartman

LB

6-3/220

              ***

35

Brent Wilkerson

TE

6-4/245

              ***

17

Trevor Williams

WR

6-2/190

              ***

NR

 

For Temple Head Coach Steve Addazio this year he actually had a full year to get his recruiting house in order. At this time last year it was Addazio who was trying to play catch up. The Owls coming off 2 bowl games in the last 3 seasons, and should’ve gone the third year, are in a pretty nice position to bring in a good class. They have some major needs on the offensive line and must replace running back Bernard Pearce. Here’s Terry’s rundown:

“Temple signed 29 football players for the 2012 recruiting cycle. None more important than Jamie Gilmore, a 3 star RB from Citra Florida. Jamie had offers from some pretty good schools including South Florida, Maryland and Cincinnati. He’s an all-purpose back and ranked #9 in his segment by Rivals.com. Another quality player that Temple added to the roster was 3 star CB Nate Smith. A Philadelphia product that had offers from Michigan State and West Virginia. Nate is the #21 ranked CB in the country by Rivals.”

 Conference Rank: 1st –  Our Grade: B

Name

Pos

Ht/Wt

Stars

Rank

Shahbaz Ahmed

DE

6-3/200

      **

NR

Samuel Benjamin

ATH

6-0/190

      **

NR

Romond Deloatch

WR

6-4/213

      ***

NR

Rob Dvoracek

RB

6-1/215

      **

NR

Avery Ellis

LB

6-2/225

      **

NR

Mike Felton

WR

6-0/200

      **

NR

Kyle Friend

OL

6-2/275

      **

NR

Jamie Gilmore

RB

5-8/185

      ***

9

Nathan Hairston

WR

6-2/180

      **

NR

Khalif Herbin

ATH

5-8/165

      **

NR

Matt Ioannidis

DE

6-4/245

      **

NR

Michael Kalaman

LB

6-3/197

      **

NR

Raymond Korang

OL

6-8/285

      ***

NR

Stephaun Marshall

DB

6-1/186

      **

NR

Tyler Matakevich

LB

6-1/213

      **

NR

Brendan McGowan

OL

6-4/267

      **

NR

Shakur Nesmith

WR

6-4/200

      **

NR

Bret Niederreither

DE

6-3/250

      **

NR

Bryan Osei

DE

6-2/230

      **

NR

Brandon Peoples

ATH

5-10/180

      **

NR

Averee Robinson

DT

6-1/265

      **

NR

Damiere Shaw

WR

6-0/170

      **

NR

Brandon Shippen

DB

5-10/170

      **

NR

Nate Smith

DB

5-11/176

      ***

21

Kiser Terry

DE

6-3/220

      ***

NR

James Whitfield

WR

5-10/180

      **

NR

Alkwan Williams

LB

6-1/210

      **

NR

 

 

 

 

 

Avery Williams

LB

5-11/200

      **

NR

Tavon Young

DB

5-10/160

      **

NR

For Villanova Head Coach Andy Talley 2011 was a tough season. The defending 1-AA National Champions struggled with youth all over the field but Talley has been around a long time and will get on top very quickly. Here’s the list of Wildcat recruits”

Committed – Not Yet Signed

 

Name

Pos

Ht/Wt

Stars

Rank

Mike Burke                        WR                 6-3/205      ***                           NR

Austin Calitro                    LB                 6-2/220       ***                           NR

Mark Clements                 DB                 5-11/170                                       NR

Nico D’Angelo                    OL                6-4/270                                         NR

Corey Majors                    LB                 6-1/230         ***                          NR

Cameron McCurry           LB                 6-0/215         **                            NR

Aaron Wells                       RB                  5-8/185        **                            NR

TJ Wells                                LB                 6-2/225        **                           NR

 

The Penn Quakers are coming off a 5-5 season under Head Coach Al Bagnoli. The Quakers had been coming off back-to-back Ivy League Championships and struggled a bit with youth but Bagnoli has been in the coaching business a long time and will bring the Quakers back as he always has. They’ve adding a couple of QB’s in this class as they look toward the future.

Name

Pos

Ht/Wt

Stars

Rank

Nolan Biegel                                LB       6-1/215                                     NR

Cameron Countryman              WR      6-0/170                **               NR

Tyler Drake                                 LB       6-2/206                **                  NR

Andrew Lisa                                QB       6-2/200                                     NR

Danill Lysenko                            OL       6-3/270                                     NR

Alex Mathews                             QB       6-3/205                   **                NR

Kenny Thomas                            DB       6-0/170                                      NR

Jack York                                     OL        6-2/259                 **                NR

Tyler Roth                                    LB       6-1/215                                       NR

 

A final recognition goes out to the former Temple coaching staff members now with the Miami Hurricanes. The “U” finished with #8 ranked recruiting class in the nation. Hats off to Al Golden, Mark D’Onofrio, Jethro Franklin, Paul Williams, Billy Furman, Tom Deahn, Sean Desei and Ryan McNamee. Great job in taking the Hurricanes back to national prominence.

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