Evans and Koroma Return
Fight on State is reporting that Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma practiced with the second team today and we can expect that they will be in uniform for Saturday’s game against Illinois. Of course, more about the situation will be unveiled tomorrow at JoePa’s weekly press conference but when you consider the depth issues on the defensive line this is exactly what Penn State fans wanted to hear.
If you have watched the d-line closely the past few weeks, there has been very little rotation leaving Gaines, Odrick, Ogbu and Maybin to play the majority of the snaps while the game is still on the line. It is safe to say that Odrick and Maybin did an astounding job and likely will be starting Saturday at Illinois, but if there was a concern about this defense not being able to hold up during the Big Ten season the return of Evans and Koroma certainly lightens those concerns.
Depth will continue to be an issue throughout the season but with the Nittany Lions ranking as a top ten rush defense without these two, there is no doubt this line will only get better. Naturally it is up for debate as to whether or not a 4-game suspension is a worthy penalty for the offenses of Evans and Koroma but when you consider that both are first time offenders the punishment seems consistent and fair.
Tune in to this week’s podcast for more coverage of Evans and Koroma as well as an in-depth preview of the Fighting Illini.