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Penn State Football: What Will It Take? More Than A Few Words

by on September 17, 2017 1:00 AM

What will it take?

That's really the question on every Penn State fan's mind right now. Winning the Big Ten, making the most of hopes and dreams that got over a hundred thousand people into a stadium to watch Penn State waltz past a team it was favored to beat by 38 and beat by 56.

What will it take to do it again?

And the answer is a handful of things. It will take a bit of luck, a good bounce here, an ankle that was nearly twisted getting out of the way just in time. It will take talent and skill, big plays and big stops. If Penn State does what it did in 2016 it will look familiar because there are only so many paths to success.

But most of all, it will take being on the same page and it will take learning from the past and applying it to the future.

So what will it take? 

The answers: Focus, confidence, selflessness, commitment, buying in, toughness and more.




Troy Apke:

"Just focus, we've got Iowa coming up so we've just got to focus on them. I think week-by-week. That's how we do it. It helps to be there too so we know that we can make it there."

Andre Robinson:

"It takes preparing every week like it's the biggest game of the year. It's going to take teamwork and sacrifice and a lot of the things we did last year. I think we're a selfless team, everyone wants everyone to be successful and I think that helps us a lot. I think we have all the pieces on the table, we just have to put them together and keep doing what we're doing the rest of the season."

"Just the commitment it takes and the sacrifice it takes and everything that goes into it. It's a lot, but obviously we got to experience it last year so we'll be ready for it this year."

Brandon Smith:

"We just focus on Iowa, we've got to win one game at a time and Iowa is just the next step in that process."

"I think the biggest thing from last year was confidence. We got on that win streak and everybody really bought in to what we're doing and really realized the talent we have on this team and what we were capable of."

Marcus Allen:

"We just play for each other. I understand that people are trying to get at us. We're not worried about that. We're worried about the next opponent and strictly them. We don't care if they're hyped up or anything, we're just worried about them and just playing for each other."

"Never give up, never give up and always keep that fire in your guy. You don't understand, we've been through a lot, keep that chip on your shoulder and never be too high."

Trace McSorley:

"It gets harder every week in the Big Ten. It doesn't matter who you're playing. It's Big Ten football, it's hard-nosed, it's tough. Guys are getting more athletic, nothing is going to be given to you it's going to be earned. That's probably the biggest thing we learned, doesn't matter who you're playing just because you are or who they are or whatever it might be, it's going to be a tough road ahead and we know that and we're ready for it."

Saquon Barkley:

"I would say, coming back in the second half, even the Rose Bowl, even the first couple losses in the season, it kind of helped us out as a team. We've played in big games like the Rose Bowl, like the Big Ten Championship and we've been down before, we've been up, we've taken Ls before and learned from all of those scenarios." 

That's what it will take.

And it all starts with Iowa.

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