The Nittany Lions are back in Beaver Stadium for the first time since winning the Big Ten title. Penn State’s Blue-White game kicks off from Happy Valley at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 22.
The mood among fans at this year’s spring game will be much different than 2016. Penn State is coming off its best season in seven years, and there’s a feeling of hope and excitement in State College, rather than concern or cautious optimism.
Saturday’s contest will help answer some questions about Penn State’s depth chart heading into the summer, and it could help showcase some skill position players in line for breakout seasons.
Follow along with live updates from Beaver Stadium.
Penn State Blue-White spring game live updates, score
– FINAL: Blue – 26, White – 0
– 0:00 4Q: Tommy Stevens tosses his third touchdown pass of the day, a 15-yard completion to Juwan Johnson.
– 6:57 4Q: Tommy Stevens finds Brandon Polk for a 31-yard touchdown pass, and after the extra point Blue is now up 20-0.
– Attendance for the spring game is announced as 71,000.
– 0:36 3Q: Tommy Stevens connects with Andre Robinson for a 9-yard touchdown, give Blue a 13-0 lead.
– Halftime: Blue – 6, White – 0
– 0:00 2Q: Tyler Davis converts 24-yard field goal to put Blue up 6-0.
– End of first quarter: Blue – 3, White – 0
– 2:36 1Q: Tyler Davis makes 43-yard field goal to put Blue up 3-0.
Three things to watch at the 2017 Penn State spring game
How will the Nittany Lions replace WR Chris Godwin?
With QB Trace McSorley and RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State has two big stars to lead the way. But 2016 leading receiver Chris Godwin declared for the NFL draft after making 59 catches for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
TE Mike Gesicki (679 yards) will likely be a major target for McSorley, but the team needs a receiver to step up. Two candidates: DeAndre Thompkins (440 yards) and Saeed Blacknall (347 yards). Also keep an eye on Juwan Johnson.
How does the offensive line look?
Barkley is primed for a huge season again at running back, but he’ll need space and help from the offensive line. The optimism starts with Connor McGovern, who moves from right guard to center.
But Penn State will also lean on sophomore Ryan Bates. He started at left guard and left tackle this past season, starting all 14 games. Only Brian Gaia matched Bates in starting all 14 games.
What’s new with the linebackers?
Injuries severely hurt this group last year, but Jason Cabinda is back and should be the leader in the middle. He and Manny Bowen should be the stars of the group.
The big question here is who else will step up and become a favorite to be a starter. One of Koa Farmer, Cam Brown, Brandon Smith and Jake Cooper should be the guy. But could Jarvis Miller find room? He’s moved from safety to linebacker.