Anthony Morelli. The strong-armed quarterback who was supposed to make Penn State into a national contendor again when he was signed out of high school. Michael Robinson brought Penn State back into the spotlight, and stunted Morelli's career with the Nittany Lions.
He came into the 2006 season as a junior starting for the first time in college. He looked bad just about every game in the year. He turned the ball over at the worst times and turned possible come-backs into double-digit losses. It finally looked like he was going to turn it around when he had a great game against Tennessee in the Outback Bowl to lead Penn State to the 20-10 win. He played two very good games in the first three, and a decent game against Notre Dame. But then he fell apart.
He turned it over and gave Michigan the ball inside the ten just a few minutes into the game. Had that not happened, the Nittany Lions probably would have won.
And finally the game against the Illini happened. He threw three interceptions to cost his team the game, including one at the very end that could have tied it.
My solution to all of these problems? Start second-year freshman Pat Devlin. He is very talented. He came out of high school as the fourth-ranked quarterback two years ago, behind Tim Tebow, Matthew Stafford, and Mitch Mustain. With all of the others starting last year, there is no reason not to play him as much as possible this year.
I have always been a huge supporter of Morelli's, but it is time to give up on this year and start building for next year. There is one thing that we must remember when scrutinizing Morelli: he was our second choice that year. It looked like local Chad Henne(an old school friend of mine who went to the same high school as Penn State great Kerry Collins), until he decided at the last minute to head to Michigan.
Starting Pat Devlin would be the best choice this team could make. Nothing against Morelli, he was brought in with too many expectations, and there is nothing terrible about what he has done for us at Penn State. It is simply time to move on and worry about next year. If we get everyone back who can come back(mainly talking about Justin King there), we should expect to be better next year.