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What It Means to Illinois
Finally, vindication for Tim Beckman and his staff! Beckman quite famously sent the vast majority of his coaching staff to State College in order to put the full-court press on Penn State players, which, as you might imagine, didn't thrill the vast majority of the team.
But Ryan Nowicki was pickin' up what Beckman's guys were puttin' down, so who's the fool now, eh?
Where He'll Play
Illinois' offensive line is a little rough, and while Nowicki has the versatility to play multiple positions on the line, he's ideally a tackle at 6'5" and 280 (and growing).
How Much He'll Play
Illinois might be hurting on the line, but Nowicki wasn't up for any meaningful playing time at Penn State this year, and he's not going to be the solution to any problems for the Illini either. If he plays, it's either garbage time or things have gone horribly wrong in Champaign.
Devastation to PSU: 3/10
You want to see guys stay, and you especially want to keep guys from transferring to another Big Ten school, but the reality is that Nowicki wasn't anywhere on the depth chart, and Penn State is set at tackle for the next few years. Still, stocking division rivals' offensive lines for them sucks pretty hard, and there's no way around that.