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    Default Marty Leap: 2019 Is A Make Or Break Season For Matt Limegrover

    per Marty:

    Following the 2015 season, the Penn State offensive coaching staff saw an overhaul. This included Matt Limegrover replacing Herb Hand as offensive line coach. On the surface, this looked like a fine hire by James Franklin.

    Prior to coming to Penn State, Limegrover worked in the Big Ten as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. During his time in the Twin Cities the Gophers offense steadily improved. Throughout his four seasons as OC, Minnesota saw their points per game total improve by over 10 points. Limegrover also coached up the Gophers first all-conference offensive linemen since 2005.

    Limegrover’s first season in Penn State was the Nittany Lions Big Ten Championship season of 2016. During the 2016 season the Penn State offensive line battled injuries, youth/experience, and, to be frank, a lack of talent. Despite this, Limegrover oversaw a unit that helped pave the way to a conference championship and a Rose Bowl bid.

    After his work in 2016, the future looked bright for Limegrover and Penn State. With highly touted offensive line recruits on the horizon there was reason to believe Limegrover would turn the Penn State offensive line into one of the best in the Big Ten. Unfortunately, this has not happened.

    In 2017 the offensive line was up and down, which you would expect from what was still a young offensive line. During the season the line showed flashes of strong play, including finishing the season with a great performance in the Fiesta Bowl against a stout Washington front seven. While the Fiesta Bowl appeared to be a launching pad for the offensive line, it was not.

    Last season, the offensive line was supposed to be a strength for Penn State. This could not have been further from the truth. Time and time again the Penn State offensive line came up short in 2018, being capped off with a poor performance in their Citrus Bowl loss against Kentucky. This falls at the feet of Limegrover.

    Entering the 2019 season, talent will not be an issue for Limegrover. The projected starting offensive line is Rasheed Walker-Steven Gonzalez-Michal Menet-CJ Thorpe-Will Fries. These five players had an average 247Sports composite rating of .9350. For comparison sake, a player with a .9350 rating would rank 157th overall nationally in the 247Sports composite ratings for 2020.

    Again, talent is not an issue any longer.

    https://www.blackshoediaries.com/201...limegrover-bsd

    Go Gophers!!


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    I feel like it is pretty hard to compare Limegrover's OC work with his OL work at Penn St.

    I'm no fan of his work at MN long term but I'm not sure how you can compare the two jobs.

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    He's either a lousy judge of talent (maybe doesnt' matter if you can get all 4 and 5*s) or a lousy coach. Our OL was bad his entire time. And some of his touted recruits like Oseland were just not good. I recall when he said incoming freshman Quinn Oseland was maybe the best OL on the roster. In hindsight, that's a concerning comment. I would have predicted he would fail at PSU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Section2 View Post
    He's either a lousy judge of talent (maybe doesnt' matter if you can get all 4 and 5*s) or a lousy coach. Our OL was bad his entire time. And some of his touted recruits like Oseland were just not good. I recall when he said incoming freshman Quinn Oseland was maybe the best OL on the roster. In hindsight, that's a concerning comment. I would have predicted he would fail at PSU.
    How'd they ever win any games during his time here then? Yes the defense was quite good during that same time, but the Off. did run the ball quite well, even as teams stacked the box because our passing game wasn't very good. Go back and watch the game at Neb. when BBC made the strip at the end. That OL dominated Nebby all day long.

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    Wasn't a fan.

    Wish him the best.

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