Random Thoughts From Today’s Blue White Game
Fresh Faced Trace:
Trace McSorley continues to impress. He was calm, poised and accurate during the bowl game versus Georgia. He continued that today. Aside from one bad pass that was intercepted, he was nearly perfect in the 1st half, going 13-14 for 217 yards and three touchdowns.
Granted he didn’t’ face much pressure but McSorley continued to look accurate and delivered the ball from multiple platforms and on the run. He is able to keep his eyes down the field and find receivers, which makes him even more threatening in the flat.
Possibly his best throw of the day was running towards the sideline when he pulled up and found DaeSean Hamilton 14 yards down the field. That level of awareness and discipline in imperative to playing the quarterback position. The arrow seems to only be pointing upward for the redshirt sophomore.
Tommy Stevens went three quarters without getting a chance to play with the first team offense. Not sure how you have a quarterback battle when you don’t give both players equal opportunity but Penn State seems content to do exactly that. Without seeing the full scope of practice, it seems like Franklin and the coaching staff have paved the way for McSorley to win the job early.
The Carl Nassib Award: (A Bronzed Plate of Chicken and Rice)
The player who comes out of nowhere to have a huge season.
Winner: Kevin Givens
Givens had four tackles in the first half of the Blue White game. 3.5 of them were for a loss, including two sacks. Givens has the explosiveness of a defensive end and is getting bigger as the summer goes on. Unlike Nassib, he doesn’t have prototypical size for the position (only 6’1”) but if he can put on 20 pounds, he will be a force in the Big 10.
The Fall of Paris:
It took longer than expected, but Paris Palmer was demoted from left tackle this spring. The natural fit for the position? Andrew Nelson. Palmer went from starting in the premier position on the offensive line, to being the 2nd man in a competition for right tackle. Palmer just doesn’t seem to have the mindset or demeanor of an offensive lineman. Noah Beh has been getting more and more time at tackle over him. Today’s game solidified the fact that Palmer is losing his grip on a starting position.
Also in the doghouse is last year’s starter Brendon Mahon. Mahon has missed some time this spring and head coach Franklin mentioned that he wasn’t pleased about that. Mahon saw very little time in this game, giving players like Ryan Bates and Derrick Dowery time at guard.
Can you talk about Trace McSorley’s