Lots of Offensive Worries For Penn State After Blue-White Game

When your second game of the season is away to Nick Saban’s fast Alabama defensive, you hope that your offensive line and quarterback are up to the challenge. If yesterday’s Blue-White game is any indication, Penn State’s offense is not.

We knew coming into spring practice that the quarterback position was up for grabs as Joe Paterno decides between sophomore Kevin Newsome and redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin.

Even with a new quarterback, most Pen State fans believed that the offensive line was good enough to give the new quarterback time to find their feet. That does not appear to be the case.

The Penn State defensive line totally manhandled the offensive line yesterday, holding the offense to 357 total yards on 91 offensive snap. The offenses combined to convert just 4 of 19 third-down attempts.

The offensive line at the moment looks like Doug Klopacz at center with Stefen Wisniewski and DeOn’tae Pannell as guards. The tackles are redshirt junior Quinn Barham and senior Lou Eliades. But Paterno is not impressed:

“We’re trying different combinations and we’re trying to get the best five guys in there,” Paterno said during a news conference right before the scrimmage. The tackles are a concern for us. … We’re not really sure who the tackles are going to be.”

The battle for the quarterback position was as unaspiring as the offensive line performance. McGloin  was 10 of 23, 110 yards and two interceptions while  Newsome finished 5 of 12 for 50 yards and lost 12 yards rushing.

The best quarterback by far was true freshman Paul Jones who threw a pair of touchdown passes as part of his 5 of 8 passes for 67 yards stats.

One bright spot from the game was the performance of the Penn State defense. The defense had a combined eight tackles for loss, five of them sacks (simple touch sacks, no tackles), and deflected 11 passes. Hurries were not charted and QB hits were not allowed.

What did you think of the game


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