Granted the fact that Penn State has been known to be a stout defensive team for ages and boasts a head coach that doesn’t like to run up the score, I’ve assembled what I believe to be the Nittany Lions’ top offense in team history.
I took a basic I-formation style offense with a tight end, fullback, and two receivers so that I could include the top players in every position.
The 1994 season was without a doubt the best offense in school history, finishing undefeated and with a dominating Rose Bowl victory. The offense may have (arguably) been one of the best in college football history.
I’m not lying.
The 1994 Penn State offense broke the following school records:
-rushing average per carry
-passing yardage per game
-pass completion percentage
-total passing yards
-yards gained per play
-yardage per game
-total points scored
-average points scored per game
Watching the team chemistry and precision performance the offense managed to show game in and game out was a tribute to the coaching, just as much as the talent on the field. As such, I’ve included more players from that year’s team than any other year.
For Penn State's All-Time Defensive Team, see the article here.
OL – Jeff Hartings – Two-time All-American
OL – Steve Wisniewski – Two-time All-American
OL– Dave Joyner – 1971 captain and All-American
OL – Keith Dorney – Two-time All-American
OL – A.Q. Shipley – Questionable, but he was awarded the Rimington Trophy for the nation’s best center in 2008. He was also an All-American who led the offensive line during Tony Hunt’s record-setting year in 2006.
Backs and Receivers
QB – Kerry Collins – Collins came in fourth in the 1994 Heisman voting
while capturing the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards and leading the
Nittany Lions to a perfect 12-0 season. He also set five single-season school records and fell four points shy of the NCAA career passing efficiency record at
FB – Brian Milne – Underlooked player who paved the way for a successful 1994 season, which included the largest comeback victory under Joe Paterno, where Milne scored three touchdowns.
HB – John Cappelletti – Cappelletti took home the only Heisman Trophy in Penn State history in 1973, after delivering a very emotional acceptance speech at the ceremony. The Nittany Lions have had many, many solid backs throughout the years in Curt Warner, DJ Dozier, Ki-Jana Carter, Larry Johnson and more, but Cappelletti gets the nod.
TE – Kyle Brady – Kyle was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and graduated seventh in school history for all-time receptions. Not bad for a tight end. He was also a first-round (ninth overall) pick for the Jets in 1995.
WR – Bobby Engram – Received the Biletnikoff Award in 1995 as the nation’s top receiver. He was an integral target for Kerry Collins in 1994.
WR – Kenny Jackson – Jackson was Penn State’s first All-American receiver. He owned 27 school records upon graduation.
What do you think?