NITTANY NOTES: Scrimmage Report

The Nittany Lions continued the "helmet crashing" Sunday, with their first scrimmage of the preseason. See who and what stood out during the workout.

Penn State scrimmaged for the first time this preseeason Sunday. What went down?

"Lots of aggression carried over from the double session [on Saturday]," one observer explained. "A lot of guys came out swinging."

As another observer said, "The offense really had an impressive outing on Saturday, but during [Sunday's] scrimmage the defense stepped things up and caused more disruptions."

Here are some highlights and notes from Sunday's scrimmage:

  • On the quarterback front, Pat Devlin and Daryll Clark "basically split the first-team reps," according to one practice observer. "They both got significant time with the first team."

  • Although the big plays were "limited" by the defense, the offense managed to "put together some sustained drives." As one observer put it, "[The offense] tossed out a pretty balanced attack and really had nice long drives."

  • Clark and Devlin focused on the intermediate passes (10 to 25 yards). "Daryll had a nice touchdown strike. He hit [Deon] Butler with a sharp pass on a roll-out."

  • Devlin "got in some fakes on some play-action work" and "showed off his mechanics" with his passes. He looked really smooth on his releases. He's fluid from his shoulder through his wrist."

  • The defense "played aggressive" and "bottled up the big plays after getting a better feel for the scheme [on Saturday] in drills."

  • Tailback Evan Royster had some "solid runs. He broke open a nice 20-yarder or so that wasn't huge in distance, but was the result of a great initial read of the defensive shift. Then he picked up another 10 yards with a lateral swing out to the wing and a lowered shoulder to pick up some extra yardage," one observer said. "It just pulled a lot of nice elements of his game together."

  • Saturday and Sunday both saw some major collisions. As we reported earlier, LB Nate Stupar and FB Michael Zordich had one in Saturday drills. Sunday saw "crashes" between Royster and a few defensive guys, including linebacker Josh Hull and safety Anthony Scirrotto. Also, fullback Dan Lawlor "ran over a few guys, but got knocked back by a hammer hit (linebacker) Bani Gbadyu threw out."

  • Tailback Stephfon Green "showed a nice burst" on some runs, but "was bottled up at times with the (defense's) speed off the corners." The offensive staff worked some misdirection by using Green as a decoy. As one observer said, "Stephfon draws a lot of attention when he's in the backfield given his speed and track record of breaking open big runs. But that also has the defense focused on him." Green had a key fumble on a drive, too. "It was a lapse — nice strip — but he'll learn from it," an observer said.

  • There has been much interest around dog house resident and tight end Andrew Quarless given his absence from Media Day Friday. As we reported previously, Quarless participated in drills earlier last week, but was nowhere to be seen when the media was on hand Friday. He also saw action on Saturday and Sunday, though most of his participation was focused on special teams and working with the field-goal unit.

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