Film review | Breaking Down Penn State Football Quarterback Drew Allar’s Performance Against Indiana |

Penn State blasted Indiana last Saturday in a big display of the team’s youth.

These days, a blowout for the Nittany Lions means true freshman quarterback Drew Allar can see some time on the court.

Allar saw almost half of the football where he showed why he was worth Medina High School’s 5-star rating.

The freshman threw on the run, rushed and got away when he needed to, and he threw balls on a rope to his receivers.

Here’s how Allar fared in his seventh game for the blues and whites in 2022.

pocket consciousness

For a first-year quarterback, one of the hardest things to learn is knowing when to scramble or get rid of the ball when the pocket collapses.

Allar, even in limited action, has already shown impressive pocket awareness.

In this clip, Allar comes back to pass, and the defensive ends go around the two tackles to put pressure on Allar.

He stepped forward, found an open space on the right side of the line, and stepped forward to pick up a yard stick, dodging the bag.

Allar not only avoided the sack, but also kept his eyes on the field in case something opened up, which most young quarterbacks lack.

He also showed some speed on this game even at 6-foot-5 and 238 pounds.

Allar already having a high level pocket consciousness is special to see as it usually takes time to develop.

Throw on a line

With Allar’s big stature, he can put some serious power behind his throws, and it showed against Indiana.

There were a few balls that Allar threw down a rope, giving only his receivers and no one else a chance to bring the ball back.

On that play, Allar backed up, faked a shoulder, and rocketed wide receiver Liam Clifford into midfield.

With the fake, Allar drew in the linebacker to allow the pass to midfield, and there was a fairly small window to throw the ball in due to a defensive close as a linebacker dropped back into coverage.

It was also a nice catch from Clifford to carry Allar’s pass.

On this play, Penn State was facing a fourth and a 4, so the Nittany Lions needed a big play to move the chains.

Allar backed up and fired from midfield to the touchline to hit Clifford on a cornering road, picking up the first down.

The freshman quarterback put the ball where only Clifford could play, and Penn State won the first down.

The only thing is, on most of Allar’s throws, he looks at his first read and throws it. Indiana wasn’t very good, so the first reading was open most of the time, but that’ll be something to watch on how Allar develops going forward as he plays against tougher defenses.

Throw while running

Allar was accurate in the pocket, and he was accurate out of the pocket on the run against Indiana.

One of the hardest things for a quarterback to do is deliver an accurate pass while moving, and Allar did that pretty well against the Hoosiers.

On this play, Penn State executes a play action with the tight end sweeping to execute a slide course.

The defense bites running and Allar comes out. He places him above the defenders in the arms of tight end Theo Johnson for the score.

Johnson was wide open, but if he wasn’t, Allar was still hitting Johnson in stride while moving to the side of his arm.

On that play, Allar may have had one of the best shots of his short career at Penn State, and it’s a tough pass for some veterans to make.

Penn State performs game action, again, and Allar unfolds. On the run, he shot receiver Trey Wallace who was crossing the back of the end zone for the touchdown.

Allar, while running, kicked the ball down a line, placing it directly across the chest of Wallace, who had a defender draped over him.

If that ball was a little behind Wallace, it could have been an interception.

Allar’s ability to make throws like that means Penn State is looking to be in good hands for years to come.


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