PENN STATE FOOTBALL
Clark’s skills sharp in live scrimmage
UNIVERSITY PARK — Three quarterbacks displayed three different stages of development Saturday as Penn State conducted a live scrimmage for reporters and high school coaches in Holuba Hall.
Senior quarterback Daryll Clark, the lone player in a red, no-contact jersey, was sharp and decisive in firstteam work during both the scrimmage and in prior 7-on-7 drills. His short passes were low and on target and most of his deep outs were accurate as well.
Working with the second team for all but a few snaps, true freshman Kevin Newsome had an up-and-down afternoon. His passes, thrown with a three-quarter, sidearm motion, had zip but often missed his intended targets. He seemed jumpy in the pocket, though defensive linemen from both the first and second-team defenses gave him little time to throw.
Newsome looked much more comfortable — and more efficient — as a ballcarrier, displaying good patience, vision and speed with a low-to-the- ground style.
Redshirt freshman walk-on Matt McGloin showed the difference between a freshman and a player with a year of college
experience, even if that experience came on the scout team. Though he lacked the arm strength of Clark and Newsome, McGloin was accurate on short balls and deep balls, at one point connecting with fellow walk-on and Philipsburg-Osceola alumnus J.D. Mason for considerable gains on consecutive plays.
There were, by necessity, a few new faces on the firstteam units.
Wide receivers Brett Brackett, Graham Zug and Derek Moye joined tight ends Andrew Quarless and Mickey Shuler as Clark’s targets. Sophomore fullback Joe Suhey lined up in front of tailback Evan Royster. The firstteam offensive line included sophomore DeOn’tae Pannell at left tackle, redshirt freshman Matt Stankiewitch at left guard, Stefen Wisniewski at center, junior Lou Eliades at right guard and Dennis Landolt at right tackle.
Sophomore defensive ends Jack Crawford and Kevion Latham showed burst and power and joined veteran defensive tackles Jared Odrick and Ollie Ogbu on the first-team line. Michael Mauti, Josh Hull and Navorro Bowman were the first-team linebackers (senior Sean Lee took reps on the inside for a few plays before the scrimmage). Seniors Knowledge Timmons and A.J. Wallace were the firstteam cornerbacks, with sophomore Drew Astorino at free safety and sophomore Andrew Dailey, a converted linebacker, at strong safety.
Sophomore Chaz Powell, senior James McDonald and redshirt freshman A.J. Price were the second-team wide receivers. Shuler and Andrew Szczerba split second-team reps at tight end. Sophomore Brandon Beachum ran the ball well as the second-team tailback (sophomore Stephfon Green and junior Brent Carter are sitting out the spring with injuries) behind an offensive line of left tackle Nerraw McCormack, left guard Johnnie Troutman, center Quinn Barham, right guard James Terry and right tackle Ako Poti. Both McCormack and Poti will enter their final seasons after transferring from junior colleges in 2007.
The second-team defensive line included ends Pete Massaro and Eric Latimore and tackles Abe Koroma and Devon Still. State College’s Nathan Stupar joined Chris Colasanti and Bani Gbadyu on a second-team linebacking corps that made big plays against all three offensive units. Sophomore D’Anton Lynn and senior Devin Fen-tress were the second-team cornerbacks; sophomore Nick Sukay was the free safety and junior Cedric Jeffries was the strong safety.
Third-team players of note included sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Ware, who gave Stankiewitch all he could handle on a few plays; true freshman safety Gerald Hodges; converted tight end Jon Ditto at outside linebacker; converted linebacker Shaine Thompson at tailback and Penns Valley’s Ethan Hull, Josh’s younger brother, at right guard.
The Nittany Lions will conclude spring practices with the Blue-White game on April 25 in Beaver Stadium.