Can Penn State and Trace McSorley keep it going without Saquon Barkley? The Lions’ summer recruiting plans, and more
Penn State faces in the crowd, Pitt, Sept. 9, 2017
Gallery: Penn State faces in the crowd, Pitt, Sept. 9, 2017
Today’s Penn State football news looks at the Lions’ 2018 outlook minus Saquon Barkley and also some recruiting news.
In his frequent mailbag column, Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples was asked how good head coach James Franklin’s program can be without the 2017 unanimous All-American and consensus top-five pick, and his answer might be a surprise.
“Most teams would suffer mightily after losing that much skill talent. I don’t think Penn State will, and the biggest reason is McSorley,” Staples writes.
That’s Trace McSorley, of course, the leader of the Lions’ offense.
“If McSorley puts it all together and emerges as a senior quarterback who can complete 65% of his passes, average nine-plus yards an attempt and deliver in the clutch, Penn State will be incredibly tough to defend,” Staples added.
Lions247 isn’t thinking quite that far ahead, as the site’s Sean Fitz broke down the recruiting calendar for the program this summer. There is one notable change from previous years, and it revolves around the fact that the June-July dead period now stretches to almost the end of July instead of the week after July 4.
The extension “will also change the staff’s plans for the annual Lasch Bash, which is typically held on the weekend of July 15,” Fitz writes.
“A date has yet to be established for the event, which is the Nittany Lions’ top recruiting draw of the summer.”
Elsewhere, Penn State’s NCAA tournament hopes on the hardwood suffered an enormous blow on Wednesday night, and a major linebacker target is no longer considering the Lions.
Those stories and more highlight Thursday’s Lions links.