Penn State’s Drew Allar says he’s comfortable with new offense, coordinator


Apr. 3—It’s only been three weeks since Penn State began on-field work with a new offensive scheme, but quarterback Drew Allar already likes what he sees from new coordinator Andy Kotelnicki.

“I feel really comfortable,” Allar said Wednesday. “We’re getting to the same plays all spring but through different formations, shifts and motions.”

Nittany Lions coach James Franklin hired Kotelnicki, the former Kansas offensive coordinator, one month after firing Mike Yurcich the day after a 24-15 loss to eventual national champion Michigan.

Kotelnicki had success with the Jayhawks and before that with Buffalo and built a reputation for being innovative through the different looks his offenses presented.

Franklin hired him to help make Penn State more explosive than it was last year when the Lions ranked just 64th nationally with 5.6 yards per play. Kansas, on the other hand, was sixth with 7.16 yards per play.

“The biggest thing we talk about is creating stress and applying pressure to the defense, whether that be pre-snap or post-snap,” Allar said. “We have a lot of shifts and motions, which really makes it hard on the defense because they have to communicate everything.

“It might be a simple shift or motion for us, but then they have to communicate. It puts a lot of stress on the defense.”

Last year, in his first season as Penn State’s starter, Allar completed 59.9% of his passes for 2,631 yards and 25 touchdowns with just two interceptions. But he completed less than half of his passes in the Lions’ three losses against Ohio State, Michigan and Ole Miss.

The wide receivers struggled miserably. KeAndre Lambert-Smith led Penn State with 53 receptions for 673 yards and four touchdowns, but he had just two catches in the last four games. He was the only wide receiver to catch more than 22 passes.

“Obviously he has a lot of…

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Publish date : 2024-04-04 03:51:00

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