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Snap Count Sunday: What Stood out Analytically for Penn State Against Rutgers?

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Olu Fashanu

Penn State football’s 2023 home season concluded with a 27-6 win over Rutgers Saturday afternoon.

As always, the defense brought it, holding Rutgers to six points and no touchdowns.

The team had its problems offensively, only scoring 10 points in the first half and losing starting QB Drew Allar to injury early in the second half.

But Penn State ended with 27 points against a Rutgers defense that ranks in the top 15 nationally. 

Getting more advanced, here’s how much Penn State’s players played and how they graded out according to Pro Football Focus.

THE PENN STATE OFFENSE 

Penn State’s offensive line graded out well. 

Of the team’s five highest-graded players, four of them were offensive linemen, and three were starters. 

Starting left tackle Olu Fashanu had Penn State’s highest offensive grade at 79.7 in what was likely his last game in Beaver Stadium.

Right guard Sal Wormley was Penn State’s third-highest-graded offensive player at 75.7, and center Hunter Nourzad was behind him at 72.2 

Right tackle Drew Shelton had a solid 71.8 grade, albeit with only 19 snaps playing behind Caedan Wallace.

In total, Penn State played 23 players on offense, and here’s how much each one played and how they graded out.

OLU FASHANU

Snaps: 54

Grade: 79.7

Sal Wormley

Snaps: 51

Grade: 75.7

Theo Johnson

Snaps: 49

Grade: 56.5

Tyler Warren

Snaps: 47

Grade: 67.5

Hunter Nourzad

Snaps: 46

Grade: 72.2

Kaytron Allen

Snaps: 37

Grade: 60.1

KeAndre Lambert-Smith

Snaps: 36

Grade: 54.3

Caedan Wallace

Snaps: 35

Grade: 59.4

Drew Allar

Snaps: 33

Grade: 70.2

Omari Evans

Snaps: 32

Grade: 70.6

Vega Ioane

Snaps: 30

Grade: 61.2

JB Nelson 

Snaps: 27

Grade: 68.7

Beau Pribula

Snaps: 22

Grade: 64.7

Nicholas Singleton 

Snaps: 20

Grade: 51.2

Drew Shelton 

Snaps: 19

Grade: 71.1

Dante Cephas

Snaps: 17

Grade: 54.7

Malik McClain

Snaps: 14

Grade: 61.1 

Nick Dawkins 

Snaps: 8

Grade: 59.5

Liam Clifford

Snaps: 6

Grade: 79

Kaden Saunders

Snaps: 4

Grade: 57.1

Khalil Dinkins 

Snaps: 4

Grade: 60

Trey Potts

Snaps: 2

Grade: 65.1

Malick Meiga

Snaps: 1

Grade: 60

DEFENSE

Penn State’s defense had two players grade in the ’90s. 

Defensive end Chop Robinson– who, like Fashanu, was probably playing in his last game at Beaver Stadium, with both being projected first-round draft picks– had his best game of the season according to PFF, grading out at 96.1 over 41 snaps. 

KJ Winston is blossoming into a stud at safety, and Saturday was arguably the best game of his college career thus far. 

Winston got his first college interception in the second half, punctuating a stellar day. 

Here are the full grades.

Abdul Carter

Snaps: 54

Grade: 79.9

Johnny Dixon 

Snaps: 52

Grade: 61.2

Jaylen Reed

Snaps: 49

Grade:63.1

KJ Winston

Snaps: 46

Grade: 91.4

Curtis Jacobs

Snaps: 42

Grade: 59

Chop Robinson 

Snaps: 41

Grade: 96.1

Kobe King 

Snaps: 40

Grade: 84.7

Adisa Isaac

Snaps: 34

Grade: 76.3

Zane Durant 

Snaps: 30

Grade: 62.6

Daequan Hardy

Snaps: 29

Grade: 64.5

Dvon Ellies

Snaps: 28

Grade: 67.4

Coziah Izzard

Snaps: 27

Grade: 79.6

Kalen King 

Snaps: 26

Grade: 71

Dani Dennis-Sutton 

Snaps: 25

Grade: 68.5

Tyler Elsdon 

Snaps: 18

Grade: 71.2

Hakeem Beamon 

Snaps: 18

Grade: 73.9

Keaton Ellis

Snaps: 17

Grade: 69.5

Dominic DeLuca

Snaps: 16

Grade: 75.2 

Cam Miller

Snaps: 15

Grade: 68.2

Jordan van den Berg

Snaps: 13

Grade: 69.7

Amin Vanover

Snaps: 12

Grade: 61.3

Zakee Wheatley

Snaps: 8

Grade: 61.3

Zion Tracy

Snaps: 5

Grade: 60.5

Tony Rojas

Snaps: 7

Grade: 77.1

Jameial Lyons 

Snaps: 5

Grade: 69.6

Zuriah Fisher

Snaps: 5

Grade: 60.8

 

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