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Penn State Football: However Brief, Hackenberg And Franklin Happy With Rahne At OC

by on December 21, 2015 2:00 PM

Penn State and Georgia are two programs deep into a transition period. For the Bulldogs they will be without an offensive and defensive coordinator and working under an interim head coach.

For the Nittany Lions, the early 2016 trip to Florida will happen without the services of former offensive coordinator John Donovan who will in turn be replaced by Fordham head coach Joe Moorhead.

But even with Moorhead hired and at the helm, he will just be an onlooker for the immediate future. Studying film and watching players work in practice. Instead it will be quarterback's coach Ricky Rahne calling the plays and prepping for the Jan. 2 meeting with Georgia at the TaxSlayer Bowl.

Even with new faces in new roles, for Penn State at least, it has been a smooth transition.

“It’s seamless,” quarterback Christian Hackenberg said last week. “There’s no real drop-off because coach Donovan and coach Rahne were really close. They worked really close together. Now it’s just on to the next thing. There hasn’t been much of a shift. They think a lot alike and I’ve worked really close with both of those guys, so from my perspective, nothing really has changed that much.”

That's good news for a Penn State offense already struggling enough on its own. With Donovan out of the picture and Rahne at the helm for the next few weeks if nothing else there will be some familiar ideas and concepts for players to digest. It's unlikely Rahne will add too many wrinkles of his own but with time to prepare and practice there might be a few new looks for Georgia to digest on the fly.

Either way, according to Franklin game plans have already been handed in. So now it's time to prepare.

“I told Bob (Shoop), and Ricky and Charles (Huff) that I wanted the game plans done by this Friday,” Franklin said last week. “and then we can tweak them after that. That’s what this week is about. Our guys are taking finals, we didn’t really practice, and so it allowed us to grind through 100 percent of the game plan."

“Ricky’s done a great job. He’s handled this really well.”

With Moorhead just over the horizon and a Penn State program likely ready to introduce a new starting quarterback only so much can be taken away from Penn State's bowl performance.

But if nothing else it's a chance to finish the year on a high note, something not many teams get to do. 

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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