September 16, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - It is important to note, at this juncture, that the Eagles very much are a work in progress. They have a quarterback with less than a full season's worth of starts. They are inexperienced on the defensive line. They rebuilt their receiving corps. They addressed the porous defensive secondary, but they could not upgrade it overwhelmingly. They lost three of their top six offensive linemen to injury or suspension, and the offensive line was their best unit.
September 12, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Paul James is not an easy man to bring to the ground. Just ask Washington State. James, Rutgers' 6-foot, 205-pound running back, doesn't intimidate in stature, but rather his running style - he hits the hole with speed and power. After running for 173 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries against the Cougars to open the season, James has caught the attention of Penn State, namely its linebackers. So far, the Nittany Lions' defensive front four have made things look easy.
September 10, 2014 |
CHIP KELLY said yesterday he hasn't talked to Nick Foles yet about the film from Sunday's herky-jerky season opener. Kelly didn't want to share any insights into why his starting quarterback spent the first half of the game against Jacksonville lurching around the pocket with the dazed expression of a household pet abandoned on I-95. I watched the game again yesterday, and wasn't visited by any blinding insights. The only thing I noticed that I didn't really consider as it was happening was that a lot of the awkwardness had to do with Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin.
September 7, 2014
When: Saturday at 1 p.m. Where: Lincoln Financial Field Records: Navy, 0-1; Temple, 1-0. TV/Radio: ESPN3; 97.5 FM The Fanatic. Coaches: Navy, Ken Niumatalolo (7th season, 49-31); Temple, Matt Rhule (2d season, 3-10). Series: 5-5. In the last meeting, Temple won, 27-24, on Oct. 31, 2009. Three Things to Watch 1. With its lethal triple-option, Navy's running game posseses a huge threat to the Owls, whose defensive line needs to win the line of scrimmage. 2. Temple is banged up at wide receiver.
September 7, 2014 |
Part of the preparation for Temple's Saturday home opener against Navy was to get in a good, crisp practice a week ago and then, with fatigue still upon them, gather and watch Navy make its 2014 debut against then-No. 5 Ohio State. Temple coach Matt Rhule, more than anything, wanted to guard against the Owls, who have started the season 2-0 just twice in the last 32 seasons, growing complacent headed into their game with Navy, which will join the American Athletic Conference next season.
September 7, 2014 |
Conestoga's Tim Miller hopped into Martin Dorsey's white SUV a few hours before the kickoff of a 21-14 win over visiting Ridley on Friday night. The two Conestoga offensive players drove together, as they do practically everywhere, for the 10-minute trip to the school's stadium. They told each other to be patient. Let Ridley stack the defensive line, Dorsey said, and the passing game will develop. No one will be able to call it a fluke, Miller said, when they beat Ridley for the second straight year.
September 5, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Ohio State's defensive line, now coached by former Penn State coach Larry Johnson, is stocked with future NFL talent. Michigan State's stifling unit is headlined by preseason All-America defensive end Shilique Calhoun. But after taking in the opening week of college football, the preseason talk of premier front fours might have unjustly left a Big Ten unit out of the conversation. "I would say that people overlook us," Penn State defensive tackle Austin Johnson said.
September 3, 2014 |
Akron coach Terry Bowden sounded like a guy whose team is going to have its hands full Saturday against Penn State and quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Seemingly, all he has is hope. "You've just got to hope you can slow [Hackenberg] down," Bowden said Monday on the Mid-American Conference coaches' call. "You hope he doesn't make the really big plays. You hope that you can get a little [bit] of pressure at times. You hope that you can make him go the length of the field by not turning the ball over.
August 31, 2014 |
NASHVILLE - A big rig with Jersey plates sat outside Vanderbilt Stadium, out on Natchez Trace. When college football teams go on the road, they take their program with them. Logistics are fine-tuned, contingencies planned for. When the rains came Thursday evening, Temple was ready. "We have a lightning plan that's in place. We bring all the food from the hotel in case we ever hit lightning," Temple football coach Matt Rhule was saying later, early Friday morning. There was no forecast, however, for what happened here.
August 30, 2014 |
In his 231 days as Penn State's head football coach, James Franklin has dazzled Nittany Lions football fans with his energy and enthusiasm, his ability to recruit, and his pleasant manner when he's been around them. Now, finally, those fans get to see him coach a football game. The James Franklin Era officially begins Saturday - in Ireland of all places - when the Lions take on Central Florida at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin. Reportedly, hundreds have crossed the Atlantic to see the debut in person.