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Penn State Spring Football: Who Passed Muster in Lions' Scrimmage?

by on April 12, 2010 7:00 AM

Editor's Note: This is the ninth of a 19-part daily series that seeks to answer the questions surrounding the 2010 Penn State football team. Check back every weekday until the Blue-White Game to see the question of the day. Friday, we asked: "What Does Graham Zug Want in a Quarterback?" Today we ask: "Who Passed Muster in the Lions' Scrimmage?"

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For starters, sophomore quarterback Kevin Newsome didn't start well at Penn State's football scrimmage Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Didn't look like he was ready to be the Nittany Lions' starter in the home season-opener Sept. 4 vs. Youngstown State. Didn't look very good warming up, but then again Penn State's receivers dropped a number of balls.

Didn't start well in a 7-on-7 drill against the Nittany Lions' first-string defense, going oh-for-four in his first four passing attempts. But he threw hard and with a degree of certainty.

Didn't look very good in the initial drive of the scrimmage -- played before about 200 high school coaches as part of Penn State's Coaches Clinic -- completing one of four passes. But he did go 11 yards on a keeper.

Then, later, he took off on a 25-scamper where he started left, slid right and headed up field, a half-step (OK, maybe a full step; no matter, he was fast) ahead of the Lion defense. He was dropped after running for 25 yards.

No ifs and buts on this one.

"This what we paid to see," joked Pat Boland of State College's 1450 ESPN radio.

Newsome confidently led the Lions' second-team offense down the field, with the help of 12- and 8-yard runs by tailback Derek Day. Paterno had praised Day at the start of spring drills: "There's a walk-on by the name of Day who I like very much. He's not the biggest kid in the world, but I think he's OK."

Newsome capped the 65-yard drive with a 2-yard option pitch to freshman Silas Redd for a touchdown. Redd looked good, with runs of 18 and 14 yards during the controlled scrimmage.

And Newsome, at last, looked in control.

Newsome can take his time to warm up in a scrimmage and against Youngstown State. Against Alabama the next week on the road, he cannot. The Tide will rush in without mercy.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt McGloin looked steadier from the start, and was in command, whether running the second-team offense (the first time he had the ball) or the first-team offense (the second time he had the ball).

McGloin, a 6-foot-1, 204-pounder from West Scranton High School (Pa.), connected on a pair of long passes. He threw a 45-yard pass to redshirt freshman Shawney Kersey and completed a 42-yarder to a diving Graham Zug, who stretched so completely that he was parallel with the turf.

Freshman Paul Jones appeared to be composed in the pocket, even in the face of some heavy pressure, and against a live defense he completed his first pass in Beaver Stadium. Fourth-string quarterback Shane McGregor, a redshirt sophomore, completed a 47-yard pass to redshirt sophomore A.J. Price.

SCRIMMAGE SCORES & MORE

Fullback Michael Zordich scored a pair of touchdowns and running back Curtis Dukes added another score. Place-kicker Collin Wagner of State made a 34-yard field goal out of the hold of Brett Brackett.

Senior Stefen Wisniewski, a center in 2009, moved back to guard, his position in 2008... Wisniewski's spot as center with the first unit was assumed by senior Doug Klopaz... Lou Eliades, who started every game at guard last season, moved to right tackle with the first group... Receiver Devon Smith did not participate in the scrimmage... Senior running back Evan Royster ran a bit with the first-team offense in the 7-on-7 drills, even going in motion to split wide right as he did occasionally inn 2009. But he did not participate in the hitting part of the scrimmage.

On defense, Andrew Dailey played with the first team in place of strong safety Drew Astorino, who had offseason shoulder surgery. Astorino did take part in some non-hitting drills...A starter in every game in 2009, D'Anton Lynn opened the scrimmage at first-team cornerback, his normal position. Paterno was coy two weeks ago when asked about Lynn moving to safety...Linebacker Mike Mauti, sidelined for all of 2009, sat out the scrimmage.

DEPTH CHARTS

OFFENSE
(first team, followed by second team)
QB -- Kevin Newsome, Matt McGloin,
RB – Stephfon Green, Curtis Dukes
WR – Derek Moye, Brandon Mosby-Felder
WR – Graham Zug, Curtis Drake
WR – Brett Brackett, Shawney Kersey
TE – Andrew Szerba, Garry Gilliam
RT – Lou Eliades, Chima Okoli
RG – Stefen Wisniewski, John Urschel
C – Doug Klopaz, Matt Stankiewitch
LG – DeOn'tae Pannell, Johnnie Troutman
LT – Quinn Barham, Mike Farrell

DEFENSE
(first team, followed by second team)
DE – Jack Crawford, Kevion Latham
DT – Devon Still, Jordan Hill
DT – Ollie Ogbu, Terry James
DE – Eric Latimore, Sean Stanley
LB – Chris Colasanti, Gerald Hodxges
LB – Nate Stupar, James Van Fleet
LB – Bani Gbadyu, Micahel Yancich
CB – D'Aton Lynn, Stephen Obeng-Agyapong
CB – Stephon Morris, Jacob Fagnano
SS – Andy Dailey, Derrick Thomas
S – Nick Sukay, Chaz Powell



Mike Poorman has covered Penn State football since 1979. He is a senior lecturer in Penn State's College of Communications and teaches a pair of classes in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism: “Sports Writing” and “Introduction to the Sports Industry.” He created and taught for several years the Center’s course on “Joe Paterno, Communications and The Media.” Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PSUPoorman. His views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State University.
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