Penn State vs Purdue-NCAA Football

Penn State's Noah Cain (21) breaks through a hole in the Purdue defense during first half action of an NCAA college football game at Beaver Stadium in State College Saturday October 5, 2019.


1. RB Noah Cain: The downside of RB-by-committee is overrated, but when The Guy emerges, see it for what it is.

2. S Lamont Wade: Team-high 11 tackles and a sack for a 5-9, 190-pound safety.

3. DE Shaka Toney: Three sacks for a prototype speed rushing-end.

4. LB Ellis Brooks: Should have showed up on the MR before now. Emblematic of the defense — there’s essentially no dropoff when Penn State goes to its No. 2 MLB.

5. TE Nick Bowers: No. 2 tight end averaging over 27 yards per catch. See Ellis Brooks comment above.


1. RBs not named Noah Cain: When does a committee become a supporting cast?

2. Kickers Jake Pinegar and Jordan Stout: Not long ago, this duo looked like a sizable strength. Still could be, but the last couple weeks have been wobbly.

3. WR Mac Hippenhammer: MIA Saturday. Seems to be losing traction.

4. DE Shane Simmons: James Franklin seems to love him, but we haven’t seen it in a game yet.