The official Football page for the Penn State University Nittany Lions “I would make the argument that I think that you want to avoid that,” Lions coach James Franklin said. Follow him on Twitter @TLdlevarse. "So none of those kids under [Jim] Tressel? Good fortune factored into Ohio State landing both Haskins and Fields. Who's not going to listen to you? He hired coordinator Kevin Wilson, previously Indiana's head coach, and Day, a little-known NFL assistant assigned to the quarterbacks. "The system you run matters. Then, Haskins stepped in. MAYBE NONE of this happens without Tristen Wallace, who never played a down for the Buckeyes. 11’s — LaVar Arrington and Micah Parsons. His total dropped to 165 in 2017, and Haskins had only 79 attempts in 2018. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. Penn State did not play Big Ten teams Northwestern and Wisconsin this year. “The victory bell,” the junior wideout said. Both Penn State and Ohio State had top NFL talents opt out of playing to prepare for the draft. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? Four Nittany Lions were drafted in the 2001 NFL Draft. He went on to one of the greatest quarterback seasons in Big Ten history: 4,831 pass yards, a 70% completion percentage, 50 touchdowns, eight interceptions. "There's not too many schools outside of maybe Oklahoma who can say they've produced high-end quarterbacks year in and year out," McCord said. There's less surprise that before Schlichter, Ohio State never had a quarterback drafted before the seventh round. His skill set required Ohio State to down-pedal the quarterback run, a staple of Meyer's system, and emphasize the pass like never before. He hit career highs for yards (3,053), completions (240) and touchdowns (35). ", Pick the winner of 10 college football matchups each week. "With Ryan, it seemed like the guys who were more pure passers were the guys he favored," Pantoni said. “He’s shown flashes — now he has to be able to do it consistently. 10/23/2004 ( ); : "The top kids start calling you instead of you having to reach out to them first," Pantoni said. The 2000 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. Even after Hayes, Ohio State's offensive approach remained rooted in the ground game. He sees a similar "evolution" at Ohio State, saying, "They're in a sweet spot right now of people absolutely believing that's a great quarterback school.". The key will be whether Day can land players like Fields out of high school, rather than through the transfer portal. Pantoni noticed that quarterback prospects and their parents became less concerned about the injury risk Ohio State's offense posed. "The key is having a coach who understands what it takes to be a signal-caller at the next level, and I think they have that in Ryan Day," Jackson said. Your Account; Logout; ... College Football Scores. His 41-3 touchdown-interception ratio led the FBS, and he ranked third nationally in passer rating (181.43). In 2018, Ohio State set Big Ten single-season records for passing yards (5,100), passing yards per game (373), touchdown passes (51) and completions (396). [1] The team's head coach was Joe Paterno. "The most polished high school quarterback I had seen," Meyer said. It’s hard to do under normal conditions. Another big game from Justin Fields helped No. 9 Nittany Lions took on No. 3 Ohio State win at No. Day and Wilson had similar backgrounds in the shotgun run game, using spread-based ideas from Chip Kelly, Rich Rodriguez and others. KYLE MCCORD CAME to Beaver Stadium to be impressed. A White Out crowd of 110,889 filled the stands as the No. No such luck for the Lions with linebacker Micah Parsons. Their quarterbacks were developing at a much better rate. This is what the 2020 season is.”. 29 overall player in the 2021 class. We didn't run an NFL-friendly system.". Tressel said he and Day have spoken about how "really there's no one in the country you can't get in on" at Ohio State. : Iowa edges Penn State 6-4 Iowa held Penn State's offense scoreless, making Kyle Schlicher's two first-half field goals stand up for a 6-4 victory on Saturday. After having zero quarterbacks drafted in the first rounds between 1983 and 2018, Ohio State should have back-to-back starters go in the first round. Between Schlichter and Haskins, Ohio State produced 48 first-round picks: 14 defensive backs, eight defensive linemen, seven offensive linemen, seven wide receivers, six linebackers, five running backs and a tight end. ET on ABC and the ESPN App). And McCord did leave State College impressed that night -- but with the other team. The Buckeyes don't have a quarterback committed for the 2022 class, but there's no rush to add one. Find out more. Play straight up or confidence. Sign in to check out Check out as guest . AP Top 25 college football poll reaction: What's next for each ranked team? Jones was a fourth-round pick in 2016. Make Your Picks. A sophomore quarterback at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, McCord was among a group of coveted recruits Penn State hosted on Sept. 30, 2018. ", Added Jackson: "We've always been able to say we're Linebacker U, we're DBU, we've put great offensive linemen in the NFL, great defensive linemen. I always tell people that we played in nine national championship games in my career, and we had eight different quarterbacks.