As the Penn State football team heads towards this weekend’s Blue-White game and the conclusion of Spring Practice, Chris Morelli at Gant Daily had a good article on 10 questions that he is looking to get answered at the Blue-White game. These are his top 5 questions.
Who’s The QB?
This is, perhaps, the most important question. Is the QB Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin? Or could it be dark horse candidate Paul Jones? The guess here is that McGloin is the starting QB and will remain the starter until he is unseated. We didn’t see enough from Bolden to anoint him the starter just yet. Jones was apparently impressive enough last season to merit a redshirt. Nonetheless, we like McGloin to start the 2011 season no matter what happens in Saturday’s Blue-White Game.
Is Silas Redd the Real Deal?
With the departure of Evan Royster, big things are expected from running back Silas Redd. We’ve seen some excellent runs from Redd, who clearly has the skills to be one of the most explosive running backs in the Big Ten. The question is: Can Redd be a 20-carry per game running back? The guess here is yes, but the jury is still out.
Will the Offensive Line survive without Wisiewski?
With Stefen Wisniewski gone, all eyes will be on the offensive line. Will it be able to protect the QB? Will it be able to open holes for the backs? It’s certainly a question worth asking. Wisniewski was the glue that held the O-line together. Without him, it will certainly have a different look. Stay tuned.
How do the linebackers stack up?
While there’s no Navorro Bowman, Sean Lee or Poz in this year’s group, word is that the linebackers have been pretty impressive during spring practice. Nate Stupar and Michael Mauti should be more than solid at LB. Gerald Hodges and Khairi Fortt have also stepped up this spring. According to Devon Still, the group has enjoyed a productive spring. “The linebacker corps we have now is the best I’ve seen in a while,” Still said.
Can the D-line be dominant?
Devon Still is expected to be a force along the defensive line and there’s no reason to believe he can’t be one of the best defensive linemen in the Big Ten. There’s plenty of talent along the D-line. Now, it’s up to defensive line coach Larry Johnson to make the most of it.