NITTANY NOTES: Scrimmage Report

Get an exclusive look at Penn State's spring scrimmage session held this past Saturday. Who looked good? Who missed the session? Find out right here in our exclusive Nittany Notes.

Saturday Penn State held a scrimmage in full pads in Beaver Stadium. The day was used to test the progress on both sides of the ball and particularly to "see how the offense has progressed, particularly this rebuilt offensive line."

Here are a series of notes from the scrimmage including who stood out and who missed the session:

  • The offensive line "held their own," against "an aggressive defensive front." In partcular, "[Stefen Wisniewski] has really settled in [at center]. He has lapses at times, but he's been consistent picking up the surge and pushing it back. He gave Daryll Clark a good amount of time."

  • Clark looked "like Clark - confident and delivered the ball well and made some great runs."

  • However, the quarterback who observers were impressed most with was Kevin Newsome. "He looked average in Friday's drills, but it's almost like something clicked on Saturday," according to one observer. As another said, "He's a born leader. He just made plays out there. He still short-arms and pushes the ball at times, but you can tell he's getting more comfortable. He's not going to the most amazing passer PSU has ever seen, but he has a great combination that could make him among the most effective QBs they've had." Overall Newsome looked more comfortable hitting the routes and delivering the ball, although "he still has some work to do, but I like the progress."

  • Third string quarterback Matt McGloin also "looked good." According to one observer, "He delivered the ball well and is running through his progression and made some nice passes."

  • One running back who turned head was converted linebacker Shaine Thompson, "who had a few great runs. He blew through some holes and seems to love contact."

  • Overall the offense looked "improved," but disappointed at times. "They'd drive right down the field and stall in the redzone and have to settle for a field goal, but the coaches were putting in some new elements."

  • Jack Crawford stood out on defense and "gave the line fits" at times. "He broke down a few plays, but it's good since it tested Clark and Newsome's wheels."

  • One receiver who has stood out in recent practices is Derek Moye. "I really like what he's showing - he's big, strong, tough on a route and has gone after balls." Observers feel he could emerge as an instrumental target in the passing game.

  • A.J. Wallace missed the scrimmage with his hamstring injury. D'Anton Lynn saw a good number of his first team reps at corner. Lynn "looked decent, but he's still working on his back-peddle step. He lost his keys on a few plays."

  • Eric Latimore also missed the scrimmage with his shoulder injury, called a "recurring stinger" by observers.

  • Receiver Chaz Powell also missed the scrimmage with his ankle injury. The extent of the injury is unclear, but observers suspect he will likely not return for the remaining three spring practices.

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