THE BIG QUES­TION

The Republican Herald - - PENN STATE PREVIEW -

Should bat­ted passes be a con­cern for Trace McSor­ley?

Through­out the Nit­tany Lions’ nail­biter with Iowa last week, the Hawkeyes broke up a whop­ping eight of Penn State quar­ter­back Trace McSor­ley’s passes.

The Hawkeyes ex­ploited an area that has been a bit of a buga­boo at times this sea­son for the ju­nior sig­nal-caller. When he’s in the pocket, look­ing to make a quick throw, de­fen­sive line­men have been more ef­fec­tive es­chew­ing the pass rush and get­ting their hands in pass­ing lanes than they were a sea­son ago, af­fect­ing throws.

Ques­tion is, was the suc­cess knock­ing them down some­thing ex­clu­sive to Iowa’s tall de­fen­sive line, or the be­gin­ning of a trend?

In­di­ana’s de­fen­sive line isn’t nearly as tall across the board as Iowa’s, as 6-foot-4 ju­nior de­fen­sive tackle Ja­cob Robin­son is eas­ily the tallest mem­ber of the unit.

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