Tom and Andy have a riveting discussion about Penn State's special teams, including the progress they made in last year, and how they hope the team will build on it this year. They also talk through the season ahead, noting the big games, major uncertainties, and huge expectations they have for the upcoming season.
From the Show:
Hugh Freeze coached Liberty against Syracuse from his hospital bed in 2019. They lost 24-0.
Blake Gillikin: He was named a freshman All-American by ESPN. He was named as a first-team Academic All-American twice. He is only the 12th two-time Academic All-American in Penn State History. Gillikin's Academic All-America honor is the 67th for Nittany Lion football program, which ranks second in Division I football history (FBS and FCS). He was a rare two-time captain at Penn State, and won several team awards for his leadership. And he was named Big Ten Sportsman of the Year. He is also incredibly intelligent, maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA in kinesiology. It’s like having a coach AND doctor on the field. Gillikin is the first Penn State punter to be named Academic All-American.
Joe Lorig, Special Teams Coordinator: "Number one we try to learn from other people's mistakes you know," Penn State special team's coordinator Joe Lorig said last week. "I put together a teach clip cut up every week for our guys and you know like we were gonna watch three today. Two from the Texas Tech Texas game, but you're seeing a lot of special teams mistakes across the country you know I think it's a product of not having spring football."
Jordan Stout: His 79.5% touchback rate was a program-best over the past 10 seasons.
His 12 touchbacks against Idaho in the opening game last season were due in large part to the fact that Penn State crushed the Vandals 79-7.
Punting hang-time: Punter Pat McAfee has the official unofficial longest hang-time at 5.6 seconds.
Blake Gillikin helped Penn State beat Ohio State 24-21 in 2016. Without Blake Gillikin’s heads up play to take a safety on a bad snap, PSU might not have won the game.
Couldn’t track down the video of the the PSU abomination helmets from James Franklins office during an interview he gave on ESPN.
Penn State lost to Maryland at Beaver Stadium 20-19 on November 1st, 2014. It was Penn State’s first game with Maryland as a new member of the Big Ten. James Franklin was the head coach. We hadn’t played them since 1993 when we beat them 70-7. Penn State holds an overall record of 40-2-1 against Maryland.
Bill O’Brien’s first year coaching was in 2012, not 2013.
Penn State last lost to Iowa in 2010, not in 2015, as Andy so horribly stated. We lost that game in Kinnick equally as horribly, 24-3.
Penn State is 9-14 against Michigan all time. With a 3-11 record in the Big House. Our last win in Ann Arbor came in 2009 by a score of 35-10.
People from New Jersey are apparently called New Jerseyites. Who woulda thunk it?