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Penn State Football: Summer Mailbag, Temple Revenge, Offensive Line Improvements And More

by on June 20, 2016 10:00 AM

The summer is dragging on and so too is the news cycle, so now is as good of a time as any to take some questions that are on your mind during the offseason. Here are some of the best, be sure to tweet @Ben_Jones88 if you want your question answered next time the mailbag comes to town.

Ranked if they run the table in September?

While starting 4-0 isn't a bad way to go about things, it still means that Penn State only has a win over Michigan to show for it. Beating Pitt is important for the program but it won't move the needle all that much. Similarly, beating Temple isn't a bad win by any stretch, but the Owls aren't the team they were last year. And no offense to Kent State the Golden Flash just aren't out there turning heads, at least not this year. So ranked? Probably not, but a win over Michigan heading into games against Minnesota and Maryland certainly sets the table for votes if the Nittany Lions are 6-0 and prepping to play Ohio State.

Second most reps at running back?

Mark Allen and Andre Robinson have both made the case for getting meaningful reps and in most cases would get those carries. That being said it's going to be difficult to imagine a world where Miles Sanders isn't No. 2 by a wide margin when the season starts. Nothing is set in stone, but Allen and Robinson are going to need to take big strides this summer, or Sanders is going to need to underwhelm for this rotation to be much more than Saquon Barkley, Sanders and then everyone else.

What player would you take on vacation?

I'll take Evan Galimberti and Adam De Boef because they're from State College and nothing is worse than finally having some time off from football and going on "vacation" and being able to see Beaver Stadium from your "vacation." While everyone else is going home to Maryland or Florida or somewhere else, Central PA is nice, but you know, it's no vacation.

Will the offensive line be better?

Well it can't be worse can it? But realistically it makes sense that it gets better, the unit has more experience it has more depth and it might have an offense that works in its favor. Limegrover also seems to have a grasp on the value of coaching up the fundamentals and keeping things simple. That doesn't mean that it'll take a 180 over the span of the summer.

Temple game a revenge game?

You could make the case for this, but at the end of the day Temple was a good football team last year and Penn State wasn't. If nothing else Temple was better than Penn State. This wasn't a matter of a good Penn State team getting upset by Iowa late in the year, Temple was ready and just better. Beating a team that beat you is never a bad way to go, but I don't think Penn State will see this one as anything other than a chance to go 3-0, if of course Penn State can beat Pitt first.

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