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Penn State football: Drew Allar picked as cover athlete for 2024 preview magazine

The profile of Drew Allar will be hitting the shelves soon, with the Penn State football quarterback appearing as a cover athlete for a 2024 college football preview magazine.



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Apr 13, 2024; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar (14) drops back to throw a pass during a warmup practice prior to the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Uncertainty swirls around Penn State football heading into the 2024 season. With the expansion of the College Football Playoff, many wonder if this fall is finally the year James Franklin gets the Nittany Lions over the hump and into contention for a National Championship. On the other hand, with the expansion of the Big Ten, Penn State could just as easily find itself backsliding trying to maintain its position in the conference hierarchy. Perhaps no Nittany Lion holds the fate of the 2024 season in his hands more than junior quarterback Drew Allar. One college football preview magazine seems to believe the second-year starter will rise to the occasion this season, with Lindy’s Sports picking Allar as one of its cover athletes for its 2024 season preview.

Drew Allar makes cover of Lindy’s Sports 2024 college football preview magazine

As spring comes to a close and summer begins, the college football season is now right around the corner. In just over two months, the sport we all love and cherish will soon be back every Saturday. With this closeness comes fan excitement as well as media discussion.

But before the college football season comes preview magazine season. A notable outlet for such items is Lindy’s Sports, where plenty of college and pro sports magazines can be found and purchased.

Lindy’s released its 2024 college football preview magazine on May 28, complete with fifteen different covers. One of these editions features Penn State football quarterback Drew Allar, alongside Pitt running back Rodney Hammond.

These covers all seem to have regional themes. For example, one features athletes from all four major football programs in Florida. In this case, Lindy’s elected to sport two athletes from Pennsylvania’s Power Four programs.

Readers can purchase the preview magazine on Lindy’s website, choosing one of the fifteen cover options.

Where does Allar need to improve for Penn State football to take a step forward in 2024?

By the numbers, Drew Allar had about as strong of a year as you could hope for from a first-time starter in 2023. Allar threw for 2,631 yards with a 25-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his first 13 games leading the Nittany Lions offense.

Still, it would be naive to not expect to see more out of Allar in year two. Penn State football struggled mightly to mount an offensive attack when it mattered most last fall. Obviously, the Nittany Lions lacked the ability to push the ball down the field. But Allar lost the efficiency that had been his calling card all season long in all three of Penn State’s losses. Balancing both will need to be a priority for new offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki.

For Drew Allar, a top priority is growing his leadership role this offseason. This role may have become even more important since the spring, with Penn State losing much of its veteran production at wide receiver to the transfer portal. The Nittany Lions now only have one receiver with more than 600 career yards on the roster, and Julian Fleming did that as an Ohio State Buckeye.

While it may be on the margins, there is plenty of room for growth in Allar’s game heading into his second campaign as the starter for Penn State football. But sometimes, it’s the last bit of juice that becomes the toughest to squeeze.

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Mark is a proud graduate of Penn State's Class of 2019 and is a massive fan of Penn State athletics. Born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Mark is also a huge Pittsburgh sports fan and a self-proclaimed 'yinzer.' Mark is new to sports writing and cannot wait to connect with Nittany Nation in a way he never has before. Work has been featured on Bleacher Report, Yahoo, and Yardbarker.


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