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Penn State Football: Five Things To Watch For At Blue White Weekend

by on April 21, 2017 12:20 PM

In truth the Blue White game this weekend is as much a final celebration of the 2016 season and a get-together of family and friends as it is an evaluation process for James Franklin and his staff. 14 spring practices have given coaches far more data to work with when it comes to shaking out the roster.

Between that and keeping some of the biggest stars as healthy as possible there is only so much you can take from a scrimmage where everyone is just trying to get to the end of it in one piece and headed off to the summer.

But that doesn't mean it's a waste to pay attention on Saturday, in fact, here are five things to keep an eye on.

1. Tommy Stevens

It's hard for a backup quarterback to get as much praise as Tommy Stevens has in his career at Penn State. And anyone who has seen Stevens throw the ball can understand why, Penn State would quite frankly be in fine shape if he was at the helm instead of McSorley. That's not at all to suggest that Penn State has any reason, need, or interest in making a change, but it goes to show how good Stevens has been. How he plays won't shock anyone, but it's always fun to see him get a few reps.

2. Miles Sanders

Andre Robinson seems to have locked up the No.2 spot, or at least Penn State is touting him as that kind of role player, and that means Sanders will continue to see his fair share of carries in addition to auxiliary positions on special teams. Sanders is too quick and too talented not to play, but how he plays on Saturday, and how he's used, ought to be a good indication of what his 2017 could look like.

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3. Overall flow

Penn State is in Year 2 of a Joe Moorhead offense and a Brent Pry defense and in turn no matter how little this game actually matters, it will be interesting to see how much smoother things look. There are bound to be a few mistakes with players coming in and out of the game, but all told you ought to see a much more coherent scrimmage.

4. Lamont Wade

The freshman corner/safety return man has been getting about as much hype as a freshman can reasonably get. Wade appears to already be on the brink of locking up a starting spot which means he might not play too much on Saturday, but when he does, make sure to keep an eye on him. There is every indication that Wade is a star in the making, Saturday will be the first glimpse at that star possibly being born.

5. The unknowns

If the Blue White game is good for anything it's reminding everyone that there are players on the team nobody has ever seen play before. A breakout Blue White performance hasn't always been a sign of things to come, but a new name to enter into the household conversation is always fun. Keep an eye on the guys you've never heard of and maybe you can look back and say "remember when" if somebody makes the starting rotation out down the road. Young linebackers and receivers are best place to start for this.

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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