SHORT REPORT: Daryll Clark

Penn State's starting quarterback sustained a concussion in the Lions' win at Ohio State. Wednesday, he told FOS he is fine for this week's game at Iowa. But what are program observers saying about his status?

Sidelined with a concussion in the late goings of the Ohio State game, Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark said earlier this week he can not remember a period of the victory in Columbus, which includes a segment of time when he was on the field.

Since that game, Penn State's medical and coaching staffs have kept a watchful eye on him. "They have been very cautious with him, really easing him back into action over the bye week and ramping him up this week," one observer said. "He looked shaky with a lot of his passes early last week — just tentative at times."

"It's probably very scary to not recall playing when you are watching it on film," another observer said.

This week he has received the majority of the first-team reps in practice, albeit in a green cross jersey (meaning he can't be hit).

"He's much sharper this week," one observer said.

Clark has gotten a lot of route-timing work, read drills and fundamental passing reps in this week. "He's seems ready," one observer explained. "He's been telling guys, 'Don't worry about me, just worry about getting your job done.' "

By all accounts, Clark is expected to start against Iowa Saturday. "The O-line guys have been focused on protecting him, but the hit happened on a run, so the coaches are telling him to be smart with his protection," an observer said.

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