Today’s Penn State football news headlines feature a coaching staff change, an early departure for the NFL Draft, and thoughts from recently hired Kirk Ciarrocca on recruiting and his offensive philosophy.
Penn State announced on Tuesday afternoon that offensive line coach Matt Limegrover would not return next season. Limegrover spent four seasons in that role, and his line appeared to peak during the 2019 season, capped by a dominant showing in the run game as the Lions rushed for 396 yards in the Cotton Bowl.
Hours after the Limegrover news broke, Penn State’s K.J. Hamler made his highly anticipated NFL Draft decision. The redshirt sophomore declared early for the 2020 draft after leading the Lions in catches (56), yards (904) and receiving touchdowns (8).
Ciarrocca spoke for a few minutes on a video with Penn State athletics staff during his time at the Cotton Bowl and shared his thoughts on recruiting and what drew him to Happy Valley. Tyler Donohue from Lions247 has the transcript from Ciarrocca’s interview.
Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup:
Penn State moves on from offensive line coach Matt Limegrover: Pickel [PennLive]
Kirk Ciarrocca on offensive plans, player evaluation, recruiting: Donohue [Lions247]
How much did Penn State coach James Franklin make in 2019?: Pickel [PennLive]
Penn State alum Al Golden among 6 let go by the Detroit Lions: Pickel [PennLive]
Film room: Breaking down Penn State football’s dominant rushing attack in the Cotton Bowl: Ferree [Daily Collegian]
Film room: What new offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca brings with him from Minnesota to Penn State: Ferree [Daily Collegian]
New Year’s roundtable: Favorite Penn State athlete of the decade: Slanina [Black Shoe Diaries]
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Who could Penn State pick to replace Matt Limegrover?: Pickel [PennLive]
Elite tackle Tengwall has candidate in mind for PSU O-line coach: Donohue [Lions247]