Position Breakdown: QB

See how things are shaking out at the quarterback spot during spring practice as we kick off our position-by-position breakdown of the Nittany Lions.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Over the next two weeks, we will take a detailed look at every position on the Penn State football team. We start with quarterback.


WHO'S BACK: Daryll Clark* (senior), Matt McGloin (rs-frosh)

WHO'S GONE: Paul Cianciolo, Pat Devlin (transfer)

NEW FACE: Kevin Newsome (frosh)

LOWDOWN: The Nittany Lions have a proven commodity in Clark. In 2008, he led Penn State to a 11-2 record and became only the second Lion quarterback (joining Kerry Collins) to win first-team All-Big Ten honors. For Clark, the spring has been less about honing his on-field skills and more about emerging as THE leader of an offense that must replace its three leading receivers and three top offensive linemen from 2008. Newsome is already on campus, and after some early struggles with the conditioning program was said to be impressive in winter workouts. He has an extremely strong arm and a primary focus has been on controlling that power. Observers say Newsome is already showing the traits of a strong team leader. McGloin is a walk-on who is not nearly as mobile as the other two QBs but is said to have surprising arm strength.

THE HEAT IS ON: Newsome enrolled at Penn State in January in the hope of making an immediate impact on the program. It is a good thing, as he's been relied on to be Clark's primary backup from the opening day of spring practice.

Kevin Newsome

KEEP ON EYE ON: Newsome is obviously the guy everyone is watching in the spring. He looked good during informal, non-contract drills, and has been a real threat running the ball in practice. But his throws have been erratic. It will be interesting to see if he can smooth that out by the time the Blue-White Game comes around.

BY THE NUMBERS: Clark's career interception percentage is 1.68. The PSU record-holder is Wally Richardson (2.02)

* Indicates returning starter.


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