Penn State’s offense is looking to improve with Year 2 under Mike Yurcich in 2022.

The defense for Penn State was admirable in 2021, finishing 7th in the nation while allowing 16.8 points per game. Unfortunately, the Nittany Lion offense finished 83rd nationally while scoring 26.2 points per game.

On Friday, Yurcich and head coach James Franklin reflected on that performance from Yurcich’s first season leading the offense. In referencing his attempts to fix the offense for 2022 and beyond, Yurcich delivered a quote similar to Jim Harbaugh’s now-famous line from B1G Media Days in the summer.

Harbaugh’s “die trying” line was related to beating Ohio State and winning the B1G, which Michigan did on its way to the College Football Playoff this season. Maybe Yurcich’s line will work out just as well for the Nittany Lions.

It goes without saying, but one area that must improve for Penn State is the ability to run the football. Yurcich specifically pointed that ground game on Friday.

Franklin also admitted that the team was hoping to be more consistent and explosive but that the coaching staff will take a deep dive into the offense during the offseason.

It will be interesting to see how the offense performances with Yurcich and another year from QB Sean Clifford. Hopefully, reinforcements from the recruiting trail – such as Nicholas Singleton – will help boost the offense.