Blue Squad Loaded for Spring Game

The rosters have been released for Penn State's Blue-White scrimmage at Beaver Stadium. One team appears to have a decided edge.

The rosters have been released for Penn State's 2014 Blue-White Game, and it is safe to say the Blue squad should have a decided edge in the contest.

The Blue is comprised of most of the Nittany Lions' first-teamers and many of the program's top reserves, too. This includes stars like quarterback Christian Hackenberg, running back Zach Zwinak, linebacker Mike Hull and cornerback Jordan Lucas.


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The Blue also happens to have the program's only kicker (Sam Ficken) and punter (Chris Gulla).

The White, on the other hand, is comprised mainly of second-, third- and even fourth-teamers. Among them are mid-year enrollees such as defensive tackles Tarow Barney and Antoine White, as well as offensive tackle Chasz Wright.

The White also has a pair of long snappers -- Sean Cocoran and Zach Ladonis -- despite having neither a kicker nor punter.

As the rosters stand, the Blue would have to be considered a heavy favorite, perhaps by as much as four touchdowns.

However, expect plenty of mixing and matching throughout the game. For example, new head coach James Franklin has said the offensive linemen as a group will likely wear gray jerseys and will play for both teams.

Also, obviously, Ficken and Gulla will get work on both sides of the ball. There will not be live returns in the game.

Offensive coordinator John Donovan, defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and special teams coordinator Charles Huff will coach the loaded Blue squad, with help from four graduate assistants. The rest of Franklin's staff will coach the White team.

Franklin will oversee the action from a spot on the field.

The game kicks at 1:30 p.m. in Beaver Stadium Saturday. FOS will be on hand to provide coverage before, during and after the action.


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