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Sean Clifford made the most of his chances as the No. 2 quarterback during Penn State's spring game on Saturday.

Grading Penn State’s spring game; new wide receiver emerges for Nittany Lions

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Final grades

Spring games are … well they are unfinished products, but for a couple of hours on Saturday, Penn State flashed signs of things to come for the 2018 version that will take the field in September. They won’t return to the practice field until August. Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue dishes out his grading assessment of the annual Blue-White game, and says that Sean Clifford made the most of his chance at the No. 2 quarterback while an injury sidelined backup Tommy Stevens.

Emerging threat

Someone will have to step up at the wide receiver position this season and Mac Hippenhammer, a two-sport athlete at Penn State, was given a chance to do that on Saturday. The York Daily Record’s Frank Bodani writes that Hippenhammer didn’t disappoint and made several plays that offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne noticed.

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Unsettled spots

Penn State will use the summer to decide what to do at middle linebacker and also tight end, two spots that remain very unsettled after the spring game. Pennlive.com’s Greg Pickel and Bob Flounders examine the positions that Penn State still must find an answer at, plus other storylines the team will carry into the fall.

Not unexpected

What stood out at the Blue-White game? Quarterback Trace McSorley was solid. Some of Penn State’s freshmen early enrollees like Micah Parsons saw plenty of time. Lions 247 writer Andrew Callahan says as a matter of fact, nothing stood out, and that is perfectly OK. This Penn State team is what many expected it to be once spring practice was complete.

Following the blueprint

When James Franklin arrived at Penn State it was expected he would bring some of the SEC ideas he developed at Vanderbilt with him and transcend Penn State the way Urban Meyer has Ohio State. So far so good. However, LancasterOnline’s Mike Gross says that despite things going as planned, Franklin has yet to land that top-tier quarterback in all his recruiting efforts and that is a must going forward.

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