Penn State to replace a 3rd key assistant ahead of the 2024 season, per report
Penn State is expected to replace a 3rd coordinator this offseason heading into the 2024 season.
Stacy Collins is headed to Boise State to be special teams coordinator, his role at Penn State, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN reported. He previously coached at Boise State in 2021.
Collins was in his second season with the Nittany Lions, and ultimately, they saw placekicker Alex Felkins develop into a reliable kicker, and punter Riley Thompson had the 12th-best punt average in the country at 45.8 yards.
In 2022, Collins coached long snapper Chris Stoll, who won the Patrick Mannelly Award, honoring the nation’s top player at his position. True freshman Nicholas Singleton, who posted a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown at Rutgers, earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a return specialist.
Source: Boise State is expected to hire Stacy Collins as special teams coordinator, linebackers coach and assistant HC. Collins spent the last 2 seasons as Penn State’s special teams coordinator/outside LBs coach. He coached at Boise State in 2021 after a run at Utah State.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 12, 2024
During the 2021 campaign with Boise State, Collins’ special teams unit blocked 3 punts (T-7th nationally) and 4 kicks overall to rank (9th). Of the 3 blocked punts, two were returned for scores. Under Collins, the Broncos finished 5th in the nation and led the Mountain West Conference in punt returns (15.77). In addition, Boise State’s kickoff defense was second in the MWC and 36th in FBS (19.03).
Penn State earlier fired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz left to take the head coaching job at Duke. Coach James Franklin has since hired Andy Kotelnicki as OC, and Tom Allen as DC.