STATE COLLEGE, Pa.: Will Levis bulging biceps spherical out an imposing physique, one Penn States backup quarterback has used to earn respect as a hard-nosed, lower-the-shoulder-first signal-caller.
But the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, who may make his second profession begin when Penn State hosts Iowa on Saturday, might want to do extra to assist the Nittany Lions keep away from their first 0-5 begin in program historical past.
Will was capable of give us a spark (final week) that we wanted, however on the finish of the day we’re assured in each our quarterbacks and we belief each of them a ton, heart Michael Menet stated.
Iowa (2-2) has seen its protection enhance week by week. The Hawkeyes have allowed simply 14 factors over the past two video games ought to make it tougher on an offense nonetheless discovering his manner, doubtless with a brand new quarterback.
After relieving Sean Clifford final week, Levis bought extra time with the first-team offense in follow this week.
Hes not a brand new face to Iowas workers, nevertheless. Levis attended a Hawkeyes camp throughout his recruitment.
He was and enamored till Penn State supplied him. That was the top of that relationship, and I say that jokingly, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz stated. Hes a first-class younger man and that was a delight to get to know a bit bit.
Penn State coach James Franklin wouldnt announce a starter, however he didnt deny Levis supplied a late surge within the groups 30-23 loss to Nebraska.
He continued to deliver a bodily ingredient with 61 yards on 18 carries, and likewise dropped again 31 occasions and accomplished 14 passes for 219 yards. To Franklin, Levis arm energy has been evident, however hes nonetheless a uncooked passer.
Hes accomplished simply 2 of 10 throws within the purple zone, for one.
Thats sort of all of the delicate issues of enjoying the quarterback place, Franklin stated. Everybody loves the large, robust arm, which he has, however its additionally realizing when to take a bit one thing off it and throw for contact.
IOWAS IMPROVING RUN GAME
Two new starters on the offensive line have helped the Hawkeyes run the ball higher the final two weeks. Cody Ince has taken over for Kyler Schott at left guard and Mark Kallenberger for Coy Cronk at proper sort out. Schott and Cronk are each injured.
The Hawkeyes have averaged 231 yards on the bottom the final two video games after going for simply 77 towards Northwestern on Oct. 31.
Penn State has allowed a mean of 134 yards, and three.6 per carry, in its final two video games.
Theyve bought a reasonably veteran defensive position they usually do a terrific job towards double groups and stopping the operating sport, Ince stated. We need to be disciplined in our fundamentals and do what weve been doing the final two video games and perceive our job, play as a unit and never take turns having dangerous performs.
The Hawkeyes have intercepted a minimum of one go in 11 straight video games and rank second within the Big Ten with eight this season. Theyre 61 passes since 2017 lead all groups.
Strong security Kaevon Merriweather stated he and his mates within the secondary spent further time breaking down movie of opposing quarterbacks tendencies.
The further movie work exhibits no matter can probably harm us, and we put together for it so as soon as we see one thing, we instinctively react to it, Merriweather stated.
Merriweather is effectively conscious of the interception streak.
Its not as simple as it might appear, he stated. Just seeing what we will do is certainly spectacular.
SHUFFLING BIG GUYS
Penn State switched up its offensive line rotation final week, shifting longtime proper sort out Will Fries to proper guard the place he changed C.J. Thorpe. The transfer allowed the workforce to reinsert gifted freshman sort out Caedan Wallace on the precise aspect.
Franklin appreciated the look and can doubtless persist with it because it helped generate 245 dashing yards and a pair of scores.
Franklin stated a string of false-positive COVID-19 exams has brought about greater than a handful of gamers to overlook extra follow than typical.
Penn State has had 39 false-positive exams since follow started, Franklin stated.
Were at, I feel, a better fee than anyone within the convention and looking for out why, as a result of each time we have now a type of guys, they miss a follow, Franklin stated. Theres a silver lining in all the things, and the constructive is, knock on wooden, these usually are not constructive COVID exams, which is one thing weve labored actually exhausting to maintain everyone as secure and wholesome as we presumably can.