The Michigan State Spartans are heading to Happy Valley this weekend to take on #8 Penn State. While the Spartans head out of town, Mark Dantonio’s OC Dave Warner is coming under heavy fire for his performance this season.
But while Warner’s boss Mark Dantonio has stood steadfast in his support, now Warner has had another admirer speak up. Penn State head coach James Franklin had a strong statement supporting the job that Warner has done at Michigan State earlier today. Here is that statement courtesy of the PSU SID:
Dave Warner has done as good a job as any offensive coordinator in our league over the time that he’s been there.
They do a lot of different things. You know, they are as multiple as you’ll probably see. Eleven-personnel is their lead personnel group. Twelve-personnel is their next most popular personnel group at 63 percent, and then they also get into 21-personnel – which it’s almost like you never see that anymore – and also 22-personnel.
We’ll get a lot of different things we have to defend. We have to be ready for the power, the kick play, the truck — we call it truck. Some people call it pin-and-pull. We have to be ready for all those things.
I think time of possession is something they do very well. They rank No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 10 in the country. Obviously, we have to protect the football. They already do a great job of time of possession, so we can’t turn the ball over and put them in a situation which is really the style of play that they want to play with.
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