Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

September 11, 2018 at 9:30 pm.


–RB Miles Sanders is proving himself to be a worthy successor for departed star Saquon Barkley. Sanders is averaging nearly six yards per carry while showing a bit different skillset than his predecessor. Notably, Sanders’ patient running style has given his maturing offensive linemen time to cut defenders down and create more space for him to do damage.

–WR Juwan Johnson has now dropped multiple passes in back-to-back games. Expect Penn State’s most physical receiver to bounce back.

–WR DeAndre Thompkins, like Johnson, has been plagued by drops through the first two weeks. He let a touchdown slip through his grasp against Pitt and might see less playing time with the emergence of KJ Hamler who’s scored three touchdowns so far. Still, Thompkins is a danger on special teams where he scored on a 39-yard punt return against the Panthers.

–DE Shareef Miller is off to a strong start with a sack and three tackles for loss in the first two weeks. The team’s top pass-rusher will try to get after strong-armed Woody Barrett who could be tough to bring down at 6-foot-2 and 236 pounds.

SERIES HISTORY: Penn State leads Kent State 5-0. The Nittany Lions won the last meeting 33-13 in 2016.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I’m proud of how we played. I think we took a step in the right direction. Cleaned up some things. Played aggressive. Played fast. Thought we really did well at the line of scrimmage, both the defensive line and offensive line.” — Coach James Franklin on the improvements his team made in Week 2 against Pittsburgh.