Penn State’s offense has not been good and everyone knows it. The topic even appeared to find its way into Pat Narduzzi’s press conference at Pitt.
When asked about his quarterback Nathan Peterman’s success Narduzzi said “Is it play-calling? Yeah of course. You can have a talented quarterback with a bad play caller and make him look bad. We’ve seen that around the country, some closer than others.”
Pitt came in at number 25 in this weeks AP poll. James Franklin addressed the comments and Pitt’s success at tuesday’s press
“First of all I don’t want to read into anything,” Franklin said. “There’s been comments and things I’ve said in the past that people have read into. Happy for them and the success they’ve had. But my focus is on Penn State completely, 100 percent.”
There is plenty to focus on as Penn State approaches a matchup with 2-4 Maryland after falling to Ohio State 38-10. The passing game ranks 94th in the nation and Christian Hackenberg only completed seven passes against Ohio State. Franklin admitted tuesday the offense isn’t where he’d like it to be at this point in the season.
“Obviously, we’re behind where we want to be, there’s no doubt about it.”
One area contributing to the offensive struggles has been punting. Chris Gulla is averaging just 38.3 yards per punt and Daniel Pasquariello hasn’t been much better at 39.9. Penn State repeatedly started with poor field position against Ohio State, after the game Franklin mentioned he might have to hold open tryouts something they already did earlier this season.
“We have two guys that have shown the ability to do it in practice and do it in practice pretty consistently.”
Franklin continued, “It’s not a physical thing. It’s a mental thing. It’s confidence.”
Penn State will look to rebuild its confidence this weekend. Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will make his debut as interim head coach. Randy Edsall was fired after losing four games this season by an average of four touchdowns. Maryland beat Penn State 20-19 at Beaver Stadium last season.