Penn State Football: Derek Moye Injury Forces Lions Offense to Step Up

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIOctober 14, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 3:  Justin Brown #19 of the Penn State Nittany Lions can't make the catch against the Indiana State Sycamores during the game on September 3, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Derek Moye is out for at least two games with a foot injury, and now it's officially time for the Penn State Nittany Lions to step their offensive game up.

For the next two games, Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin can't just snap the football and lock onto Moye—now they have to actually look down the entire field and make a play. 

I think losing Derek Moye is actually a good thing for this PSU football team. 

Moye currently has 28 receptions for 485 yards and three touchdowns, pretty solid stats.

The receiver closest to Moye? Justin Brown

Brown currently has 19 receptions for 225 yards and zero touchdowns. 

Silas Redd, who has over 500 yards rushing and four touchdowns—is going to have to continue his impressive sophomore campaign thus far. 

Losing Moye forces the Nittany Lions offense, which is averaging only 21.5 PPG thus far, to be more versatile. 

Instead of just worrying about Moye now, defenses have to prepare for the running game more thoroughly, as well as the other Penn State receivers. 

Devon Smith and Joe Suhey are two of the other wide outs that have touchdowns, let's get the ball to them more. 

One of Penn State's biggest problems is the reliance on Moye. Bolden and McGloin love throwing the ball in his direction, and other teams pick up on this.

PSU has be able to get away with it due to their easy schedule thus far, but this isn't going to fly when the Lions get into the heart of the Big Ten schedule.

Having Moye sit out two games is going to show what this PSU team is really made of, and if they can adjust accordingly the two games he sits out (and win), it's only going to be so much sweeter when Moye returns and is ready to play. 

Are the Lions going to buckle down and step up? Or will they fall down and give up?

PSU has a huge homecoming game against Purdue this weekend, let's find out who this Lions team really is.