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Penn State’s Unfair Scapegoat

There’s a lot of blame to go around for Penn State and a lot of it is being misplaced...

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Following this past Saturday’s Iowa-Penn State game, there’s a lot of blame being thrown around as to why the Penn State Nittany Lions lost in the fashion that they did and a lot of it appears to be directed towards Penn State’s quarterback situation.

Early in the second quarter, starting quarterback Sean Clifford took a massive shot on a linebacker blitz from a certified scary human named, Jack Campbell, and ended up suffering a serious injury that led to Clifford being knocked out for the rest of the game...

Insert redshirt sophomore quarterback, Ta’Quan Roberson, or as many Penn State fans and media members better know as, the scapegoat.

On this week’s edition of the All Eyes Podcast, among a variety of other topics, Thad (tnels20) and I decided to set the record straight on the bad faith notion coming from Penn State fans and national media talking heads that Roberson was almost entirely to blame for Penn State’s struggles on offense and undoubtedly the reason the Nittany Lions lost this game in the way in which they did.

The reality is that a lot of players are to blame — not just Roberson. In fact, Roberson actually played about as well as you could’ve expected given the insane circumstances he was being thrust into. Hopefully our discussion does its job at redirecting some of the blame away from Roberson and shifts it to the guys around him who did the young quarterback almost zero favors in front of an incredibly tough Kinnick environment.

Although you can listen to this week’s hour and a half long episode on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and, of course, right here on Black Heart Gold Pants, Thad and I have decided to start chopping up each episode into short form videos for those of you who might enjoy visuals and shorter spurts of content.

If you like this format, we’d love for you to leave a comment down below or to tweet us @tnels20 or @RobDFB on Twitter.

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