Penn State staged its annual Coaches Clinic Scrimmage April 10. We offered live coverage from the event and reports right after it. Now, after taking a bit of time to collect our thoughts and bounce things off some people we trust, we are going to offer a position-by-position breakdown of what went down and where various players at those positions stand. Let's review the defensive line.


Talk about an area that just keeps reloading. Defensive tackle Jared Odrick will likely be the first former Penn State player taken in the NFL Draft later this month. But he also figures to be the least difficult graduate to replace.

That's no knock on Odrick, who was outstanding during his PSU career, but rather an endorsement of the talent he left behind.

And it all starts with Devon Still, the massive tackle who made his first career start alongside Odrick in the Capital One Bowl. Still was disrupting everything in the Coaches Clinic Scrimmage and reports out of previous practices suggested that has been the case all spring.

Senior Ollie Ogbu (right, No. 85) is back to do a lot of the grunt work in the middle. He also played well in the scrimmage, but jumped offside once and just made it back before the snap a second time. A veteran has to show more discipline than that.

Underclassmen Jordan Hill and James Terry (right, No. 60) manned the second-team tackle spots in the scrimmage. Neither the first nor second-team offense was able to run much inside against the No. 2 defense, which suggests that duo must have been doing something right.

Redshirt sophomore Brandon Ware apparently still is not completely out of Joe Paterno's doghouse, as he was relegated to third team. And that was too bad in terms of judging his progress. Because the third-team defense only played against the third-team offense, Ware was matched up with linemen who were not nearly ready to handle his combination of size (341 pounds) and quickness.

The guess here is that when all is said and done, Ware -- if he can get his act together -- will see serious reps as a second-team tackle.

Early enrollee Evan Hailes looks like he is physically prepared to play as a freshman. But if everyone stays healthy and out of trouble, I'm not sure they'll need him. I'm guessing redshirt there.

There is not quite that level of quality depth at end, but it is close. Jack Crawford (right, No. 81) and Eric Latimore both spent plenty of time harassing the quarterbacks Saturday. Both are big, physical players.

Backup Sean Stanley is listed at 232 but seems to be a bit heavier than he was last season. But he still has an amazing knack for getting to the QB. He is extremely quick off the edge. It will be interesting to see if the staff tries to use him in the stand-up end role Jerome Hayes handled last season, because that would seem to be a perfect fit.

Veteran Kevion Latham is a 6-2, 254-pounder who does not have the size to be an every-down player but ought to be effective -- again -- as a spot speed rusher. In Saturday's scrimmage, he did a nice job of batting down a pass from Matt McGloin to Derek Moye that had the potential to be a big-gainer.

Barring injury, I'll be surprised if more than those four guys make it into the defensive end rotation this year.

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