Blue/White Game Wrap up

Ok, so as i had said before, I wasn’t able to make it to Penn State this year for the Blue/White scrimmage, but I would still like to make a few notations on the game.  Now this is a little tricky, because basically I am reporting on what other people saw at the game.  It’s kind of like asking me what the weather is like in Phoenix today.  “I heard it was hot”, would be my reply.  I wouldn’t know for sure that it was hot, but people who live out there told me that it was hot, so i believed them.  Are you confused yet?  Great, lets continue. 

In a post last week, I asked the question, “Would Stephfon Green live up to all of the off season hype”?  It took exactly one carry for the red shirt freshman to answer that question.  He took a pitch from Pat Devlin, ran behind the second string offensive line, and took it 57 yards to the house.  Spectators said that it looked like Green was shot out of a cannon once he turned the corner. 

                        “Stephfon Green- Man Child”

I have good news, good news, and bad news regarding this one play.   The first good news is, quite obviously, that Green is looking more and more like the real deal.  He did the same thing in a spring practice session that was open to the media.  He can definitely make the big play that Penn State has been lacking from its running game, but can he be an every down type of back?  He finished the game with 87 yards on 12 carries and a TD.  That means his other 11 carries were for 30 yards and 0 TD’s.  That is 2.72 yards per carry.  Not quite good enough.  But he is young and was running behind a young line, so i will remain optimistic.  And this brings me to my second piece of good news.

The offensive line’s depth is outstanding.  It seems clear to me that at any position on the O-line, someone could go down, and after a slight disruption in chemistry, they would be operating at 95%.  That is so critical to the success of an entire offense, and ultimately the team as a whole.  Every single year at least one offensive lineman gets hurt and misses time.  It is rough in the trenches, and to have this kind of security makes me feel much better about this season, as well as the future of this team. 

My last point, and it’s just the Negative Nancy coming out in me, is how our starting defense can allow the second team O-line and a redshirt freshman running back to run train on them like they did.  As good as our backups may be, I’m afraid that most of the starting O-lines in the Big-10 are better than they are.  Sean Lee is out for the season, do they miss him that badly?  Is it time to panic?  I don’t think so.  The coaches take the tape, analyze it with the players, and in 3 or 4 months when it is football time again, they’ve learned from their mistakes.

The last thing that I want to talk about is the quarterback situation. Both QB’s performed quite well. Daryl Clark was 9-of-16 for 106 yards and 2 TD’s and Pat Devlin was 12-of-18 for 122 yards and 1 TD. Most importantly, neither ones name was Anthony Morelli. Although the scrimmage did little in the way of showing us a clear leader in the quarterback competition, it did instill some confidence in both of these players. If I had my way, Clark would be the man, and he would be named now. Giving him most of the reps throughout camp would help him gel with the receivers, and improve his accuracy and reads. I would rewind the game tapes and show him and the coaches how M Rob played 3 seasons ago. I am just itching to see an exciting, explosive, and effective offense, and given Jay Paterno’s knack for completely ruining blue-chip traditional pocket passers, I think Clark gives us the best chance at seeing that this year.

                                 “The One”

 photos from http://www.bwi.rivals.com

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