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Where does Penn State passer Drew Allar rank among second-year starting quarterbacks?: Newsstand

Greg Pickelby:Greg Pickel06/11/24


Penn State news, notes, and updates for June 11 include a ranking of second-year starting quarterbacks, headlines of the day, and more.

It’s time to dive into Tuesday’s top tweets and stories about the Nittany Lions and college athletics.

Penn State tweets of the day

We start with Penn State passer Drew Allar’s place in CBS Sports’ rankings of the top second-year starting quarterbacks in college football. National writer Clint Brewster broke them into tiers. Allar did not make the ‘absolutely positive he’ll make a leap’ category nor the ‘boom or bust’ list. Instead, he checked in at No. 10 in the ‘do they have enough weapons’ tier.

“A Class of 2022 prospect, Allar is already a mercurial figure in the college football world after arriving to Penn State as a ballyhooed, five-star prospect (remind you of anybody?),” Brewster writes. “Allar started last season and took a lot of criticism for not being able to connect on explosive plays. I’m not so sure things will be that much better in 2024. Penn State lost leading pass catcher Keandre Lambert-Smith and stud tight end Theo Johnson. Dante Cephas is also gone. The Nittany Lions added Ohio State receiver Julian Fleming but he didn’t show much big-play ability in Columbus. Still, don’t be surprised if NFL circles fall in love with him because of his frame and strong arm.”

In a recent interview with Blue-White Illustrated, new Nittany Lions offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki stressed how important it is for not only Allar to improve but also for the pieces around him to be better.

“You have to have a diverse, multifaceted gameplan to attack everyone, so that it’s not just, ‘Hey Drew Allar better be on today.’ It’s not fair to him,” Kotelnicki said. “Everyone deserves a margin of error. “Everyone deserves, especially at the quarterback position, I’ve heard people call it a ‘smoke break.’ The quarterback deserves to have a smoke break every once awhile where other players help him. Not necessarily saying that he needs it or any position, I’m just saying, we want to be balanced.”

Headlines of the day

Penn State Players Evaluate James Franklin as a Recruiter: Wogenrich, SI

Prospects who stood out at Penn State camp on Sunday: Skill positions: Carr, BWI

Who should play ‘Lion’ position for Penn State?: Daily Collegian

Former Penn State wrestler Terrell Barraclough picks transfer destination; where will he compete next?: Pickel, BWI

Penn State football true freshmen likely to star in Big Ten in 2024: Bodani, YDR

New Penn State pick on the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine: Fitz, BWI

Penn State picks up commitment from four-star cornerback Daryus Dixson: Snyder, BWI

Quote of the day

“My visit to Penn State was amazing. I would say a takeaway for me would be the way they made me and my family feel like it was home, and how just the culture is all together. Also how big the stadium was is crazy. “I would say they are (No. 1) right now among these schools.”

–California four-star cornerback Daryus Dixson to On3 after his official visit to PSU.

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