Penn State Football: Andy Kotelnicki Brings Edge to Happy Valley

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Penn State Football New OC Andy Kotelnicki Brings Edge to Happy Valley

New Penn State Football offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki brought the energy to the first day of Spring practice in Happy Valley on Tuesday.

And that’s exactly why Penn State head coach James Franklin hired the former Kansas O-coordinator three months ago –  to infuse some much needed energy into a sometimes stagnant offense last year and to hopefully create more explosive plays.

He also was hired to help junior quarterback Drew Allar flourish in a passing game that ranked in the bottom half of the country last season.

Allar completed less than half of his passes in Penn State’s three losses last year to Ohio State, Michigan and Ole Miss.  In those three games in particular it looked like the Nit’s wide receivers just couldn’t get open.


How Andy Kotelnicki can Revive Drew Allar, Penn State’s Offense

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Drew Allar #15 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Happy Valley’s version of Coach K implemented a very creative offensive install when he was at Kansas.

Kotelnicki was a genius at creating confusion for opposing defenses with his unorthodox alignments that allowed his quarterback to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers against numerical mismatches that resulted in chunk plays.

“There are things you can do with the wide receivers in terms of motion and alignments like stacks and bunches to help our guys versus man coverage. That’s gonna be really important for us” Penn State head coach James Franklin told reporters on Tuesday.

Under Kotelnicki’s direction last year, Kansas finished sixth nationally picking up an eye popping 7.16 yards per play.

Penn State Football, on the other hand, finished 94th in the nation with 5.6 yards per play.

The Jayhawks also averaged 10.04 yards per pass attempt compared to 6.77 for the Lions.

The Nits also added former Ohio State and Southern Columbia wide receiver Julian Fleming recently, to a receiving core of KeAndre Lambert-Smith and Tre Wallace in hopes of bolstering the aerial attack.

Kotelnicki also has the luxury of two talented running backs Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen at his disposal, and a couple of solid tight ends in Tyler Warren and Khalil Dinkins.

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Will Andy Kotelnicki Thrive Under James Franklin?

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Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

It will be interesting how the new offense will fit in at Penn State Football under Franklin’s regime.

The head man has made it clear that Kotelnicki’s playbook at Kansas won’t be the one used at Penn State. So, look for it to be less gimmicky but understatedly, just as creative and aggressive considering the culture shock of the newly expanded Big Ten Conference vs The Big 12 and the varying skill sets of his new players.

At the end of the day though, Penn State’s success will still largely rest on the right arm of Allar and how quickly he can adjust to the changes in the offense.

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