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Our Quick Hitters from the open portion of No. 8 Penn State’s Wednesday practice as the Nittany Lions continued to prepare for Saturday night’s game at Rutgers.

• Lots to talk about with the O-line. Biggest news is that RG Connor McGovern was back after leaving the Indiana game with an undisclosed injury. With everything else going on up front, this is a huge positive. McGovern is versatile enough to play OG or OT.

• As I noted on TAP during James Franklin’s press conference, he said there have been no changes regarding who is and who is not redshirting on the O-line. That means the plan is to still redshirt OT Will Fries and OG Michal Menethttp://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1728937-james-franklin-mid...

I don’t think Menet was (or is) close to coming out of a redshirt at this point. He just returned to getting some varsity reps this week after spending most of the season on the scout team. But Fries was a real option (and still could be if there are more injuries). He has practiced at second-team OT most of the year, but just has not played in games.

You have to give the staff all the credit in the world for trying to still redshirt both of these guys — because it will be the best thing for both talented, young players in the long run. 

• Menet was up with the varsity while we were there and wearing No. 70, which clearly confused the hell out of some people. Because 70 happens to be the same number worn by OT Brendan Mahon, who has not played or practiced recently due to an undisclosed illness that led to him being hospitalized.

Menet was simply wearing No. 70 because he was shuttling between the scout team (where he was playing the part of RU’s No. 70, starting RG Chris Muller). Nevertheless, Franklin was still asked if someone was wearing No. 70 as a tribute to Mahon. 

The coach had no idea who was even wearing No. 70 (it is not like he memorizes scout team numbers). Anyway, on to more important stuff…

• If we had to guess, we’d say the starting O-line vs. Rutgers would look like this:

LT: Ryan Bates

LG: Steven Gonzalez

C: Brian Gaia

RG: Connor McGovern

RT: Chasz Wright

But as always, things can change late in the week.

• Keep in mind that if PSU has to go to second-teamers on the O-line, you could see some of the starters shifted around (like, perhaps, McGovern sliding out to tackle). But in pregame warmups Saturday, we’re guessing the second-team O-line looks like this:

LT: Sterling Jenkins

LG: Derek Dowrey

C: Zach Simpson

RG: Wendy Laurent

RT: Brendan Brosnan

• Franklin said Brosnan is ahead of Jenkins at this moment and would be the first of the two to see the field.


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Our Quick Hitters from the open portion of No. 8 Penn State’s Wednesday practice as the Nittany Lions continued to prepare for Saturday night’s game at Rutgers.

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• Lots to talk about with the O-line. Biggest news is that RG Connor McGovern was back after leaving the Indiana game with an undisclosed injury. With everything else going on up front, this is a huge positive. McGovern is versatile enough to play OG or OT.

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• As I noted on TAP during James Franklin’s press conference, he said there have been no changes regarding who is and who is not redshirting on the O-line. That means the plan is to still redshirt OT Will Fries and OG Michal Menethttp://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1728937-james-franklin-mid...

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I don’t think Menet was (or is) close to coming out of a redshirt at this point. He just returned to getting some varsity reps this week after spending most of the season on the scout team. But Fries was a real option (and still could be if there are more injuries). He has practiced at second-team OT most of the year, but just has not played in games.

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You have to give the staff all the credit in the world for trying to still redshirt both of these guys — because it will be the best thing for both talented, young players in the long run. 

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• Menet was up with the varsity while we were there and wearing No. 70, which clearly confused the hell out of some people. Because 70 happens to be the same number worn by OT Brendan Mahon, who has not played or practiced recently due to an undisclosed illness that led to him being hospitalized.

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Menet was simply wearing No. 70 because he was shuttling between the scout team (where he was playing the part of RU’s No. 70, starting RG Chris Muller). Nevertheless, Franklin was still asked if someone was wearing No. 70 as a tribute to Mahon. 

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The coach had no idea who was even wearing No. 70 (it is not like he memorizes scout team numbers). Anyway, on to more important stuff…

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• If we had to guess, we’d say the starting O-line vs. Rutgers would look like this:

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LT: Ryan Bates

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LG: Steven Gonzalez

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C: Brian Gaia

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RG: Connor McGovern

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RT: Chasz Wright

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But as always, things can change late in the week.

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• Keep in mind that if PSU has to go to second-teamers on the O-line, you could see some of the starters shifted around (like, perhaps, McGovern sliding out to tackle). But in pregame warmups Saturday, we’re guessing the second-team O-line looks like this:

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LT: Sterling Jenkins

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LG: Derek Dowrey

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C: Zach Simpson

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RG: Wendy Laurent

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RT: Brendan Brosnan

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• Franklin said Brosnan is ahead of Jenkins at this moment and would be the first of the two to see the field.

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Our Quick Hitters from the open portion of No. 8 Penn State’s Wednesday practice as the Nittany Lions continued to prepare for Saturday night’s game at Rutgers.

• Lots to talk about with the O-line. Biggest news is that RG Connor McGovern was back after leaving the Indiana game with an undisclosed injury. With everything else going on up front, this is a huge positive. McGovern is versatile enough to play OG or OT.

• As I noted on TAP during James Franklin’s press conference, he said there have been no changes regarding who is and who is not redshirting on the O-line. That means the plan is to still redshirt OT Will Fries and OG Michal Menet. http://www.scout.com/college/penn-state/story/1728937-james-franklin-mid...

I don’t think Menet was (or is) close to coming out of a redshirt at this point. He just returned to getting some varsity reps this week after spending most of the season on the scout team. But Fries was a real option (and still could be if there are more injuries). He has practiced at second-team OT most of the year, but just has not played in games.

You have to give the staff all the credit in the world for trying to still redshirt both of these guys — because it will be the best thing for both talented, young players in the long run.

• Menet was up with the varsity while we were there and wearing No. 70, which clearly confused the hell out of some people. Because 70 happens to be the same number worn by OT Brendan Mahon, who has not played or practiced recently due to an undisclosed illness that led to him being hospitalized.

Menet was simply wearing No. 70 because he was shuttling between the scout team (where he was playing the part of RU’s No. 70, starting RG Chris Muller). Nevertheless, Franklin was still asked if someone was wearing No. 70 as a tribute to Mahon.

The coach had no idea who was even wearing No. 70 (it is not like he memorizes scout team numbers). Anyway, on to more important stuff…

• If we had to guess, we’d say the starting O-line vs. Rutgers would look like this:

LT: Ryan Bates

LG: Steven Gonzalez

C: Brian Gaia

RG: Connor McGovern

RT: Chasz Wright

But as always, things can change late in the week.

• Keep in mind that if PSU has to go to second-teamers on the O-line, you could see some of the starters shifted around (like, perhaps, McGovern sliding out to tackle). But in pregame warmups Saturday, we’re guessing the second-team O-line looks like this:

LT: Sterling Jenkins

LG: Derek Dowrey

C: Zach Simpson

RG: Wendy Laurent

RT: Brendan Brosnan

• Franklin said Brosnan is ahead of Jenkins at this moment and would be the first of the two to see the field.

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