August 31, 2007

More freedom for Morelli in his last go 'round

You can't read defenses.

You hold the ball too long.

You're not a leader.

Senior quarterback Anthony Morelli heard it all in 2006, during his first season at the helm of the Penn State offense.

Despite leading the Nittany Lions to nine wins, including an Outback Bowl victory over Tennessee, posting the third-most passing yards in a season by a Penn State quarterback in program history and setting school records in completions and attempts, it just wasn't good enough.

After his first pass, a 42-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Deon Butler against Akron, everything seemingly went downhill.

Fans routinely called for backup Daryll Clark, who drove the Nittany Lions down the field for its second touchdown of a 41-17 loss, and gave what many thought was a glimpse at another MRob. The boo's throughout the season were loud and evident, but the 6-foot-4, 232-pound gunslinger from Pittsburgh kept silent.

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