Game-Changer Drew Allar: Taking Penn State Football to New Heights

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Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire)

Penn State Football fans; set your ALLARm, because you don’t want to miss this kid.

Slide over Steph Curry.

Grab some pine Patrick Mahomes.

There’s a new Baby-faced Assassin in town and his name is … okay that’s probably way over the top. But, when is it not a good time for a massive overdose of hyperbole in football’s off-season?

Here’s the real deal. If you drink from the Nittany Kool Aid, you can’t not be juiced for the next Big Man On Campus on a campus of many Big Men.

He is Drew Allar and barring an unforeseen event he will be QB1 in Happy Valley for the next couple of years. You can’t miss him if you’ve seen him and if he sees you, he won’t either.

Allar stands at a hulking 6’-5” and weighs in at around 245 pounds, carrying the Nittany Lions‘ championship aspirations on his shoulders.

Let’s just say that those are elite measurables. Ben Rothlisberger, Peyton Manning, Troy Aikman, Tom Brady, Jalen Hurts and
Patrick Mahomes don’t even measure up to Allar’s stature.

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But size isn’t everything, in fact a big body is nothing if that human computer on top of it can’t process information and spit it out quickly. Another box checked for the young man with the
young face from Medina, Ohio.

Allar’s got all the tools at his disposal as he displayed in a bit role in 10 games last year for Penn State Football.

The freshman thrower tossed four touchdown passes versus zero interceptions, while completing 35 of 60 passes for 344 yards last season.

247 Sports believes Allar is the next superstar of college football:

“Drew Allar is the no.1 overall QB in the 2022 class. Allar is set to take over for Sean Clifford with a ton of experience around him. Allar is the type of high-upside passer who can push PSU into the discussion with Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten East.”

That’s pretty high praise to go along with a pretty high level discussion to be a part of considering both of the aforementioned programs made it to the college football semi-finals last year.

Let’s face it, the Nits haven’t sniffed a national championship in 30 years.

But, with names like Singleton, Allen and Allar in their backfield next year, let the games begin and let the hype runneth over.

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A proud graduate of Villanova University, Staszak’s first gig in the industry was with PRISM sports in 1989, covering the four local home teams, the Flyers, 76ers and Phillies while also covering the Randall Cunningham-led Philadelphia Eagles. It was at PRISM where Staszak produced live games and began his career as an on-air reporter. After a couple of brief stints with CBS-3, WB-17 and WGAL-8 in Lancaster, PA, Staszak began a 12 year stretch at FOX 29 where he became the lead sportscaster in 2007. It was there that Staszak found himself in the middle of Philadelphia Phillies World Series Championship coverage that earned him an Emmy nomination for best sports reporter in 2008. It was one of five Emmy nominations that Staszak earned over the course of his career. All told Staszak covered three World Series, two Stanley Cup Finals, an NBA Finals and one Super Bowl during his television run. Staszak left the TV business for 97.5 The Fanatic in 2013, where he enjoyed eight years bloviating his beliefs on how a professional football team should be run. In 2018 when he fortunate enough to be the first sports talk host in the city, along with cohort Zach Gelb, to provide post-game coverage of the first Super Bowl Championship for the city’s beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Staszak was also a writer for 97.5 The Fanatic along with 4 Philly Sports and now covers Penn State athletics for NittanyCentral.com.