On Penn State freshmen, Kansas at 3-0 and Herm Edwards
Daily Briefing by Ivan Maisel for On3:
Freshmen make an impact for Penn State
In this era when the roster overhaul is just a transfer gate away, Penn State coach James Franklin has gone old school. The Nittany Lions racing game has been revamped thanks to two real freshmen. Nick Singleton (334 yards, 11.1 yards per carry, four touchdowns) is the only freshman in the country to average 100 yards per game. Kaytron Allen, another freshman, is Penn State’s second-best rusher (106 yards). Linebacker Abdul Carter is tied for fourth on the team with 11 tackles. And defensive end Dani Dennis-Sutton had one of Penn State’s six sacks on Saturday in the 41-12 rout at Auburn. The first feedback on this recruiting class is promising. Just like the Nittany Lions.
Kansas offense is super efficient
The coolest part of Kansas football’s resurrection is the quality of the Jayhawks’ offense throughout the huddle. In Saturday’s 48-30 win over Houston, quarterback Jalon Daniels completed 14 passes to 11 different receivers. For the season, wide receivers Luke Grimm and Lawrence Arnold lead the team with 10 catches apiece. Kansas is second in the nation in third down conversion percentage (24 of 35, 0.686). The Jayhawks scored on 19 of 20 trips to the red zone, as did No. 1 Georgia. And they scored 22 touchdowns this season before scoring their first field goal. These are the stats of an effective attack. That’s Kansas 3-0 stats as they prepare to play Duke 3-0. According to Action Network, this is the first time Kansas (-8) has been favored against an FBS opponent since 2009.
Herm Edwards is the latest in a long line
And so Herm Edwards joins the long list of failed NFL coaches who have come to college football and found the same level of failure. Edwards, fired Sunday after Arizona State lost a game to Eastern Michigan 30-21, went 26-20 in five seasons due to NCAA issues. Over the past 25 years, Edwards, Lovie Smith, Jim Mora, Mike Sherman, Dave Wannstedt and Bill Callahan have been parachuted into their first college head coaching jobs after quitting or being fired in the NFL. It just shows you that there is only one Pete Carroll (NFL 33-31, fired twice; 97-19 at USC) And, as we all know, only one Lane Kiffin (NFL 5 -15; colleges 79-42, and still going strong).