STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Tommy Stevens threw 3 second-half touchdown passes for the Blue team in a 26-0 victory against the White team Saturday in Penn State’s spring game at Beaver Stadium.
Stevens, tight end Jonathan Holland and wide receiver Juwan Johnson were the offensive stars for the Blue team, which included most of the first-team players and those competing for starting roles.
Trace McSorley threw for 114 yards with an interception in the first half. Stevens had 216 passing yards in the second half against mostly third- and fourth-team competition.
Holland had 8 catches in the game. Johnson had 7 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki, Marcus Allen, Grant Haley and Jason Cabinda were among the key players who did not see any snaps in this scrimmage.
Here’s what coach James Franklin had to say after the Blue-White game:
* Franklin thanked the fans for attending despite some iffy weather Saturday morning. (Estimated attendance was 71,000). He thanked the media for having some fun trying to field punts at halftime.
* He mentioned Stevens and Cam Brown as standouts in the game. He said it seemed like Brown “made every tackle” and “was all over the field” on defense.
* Franklin said the team will receive 2016 Big Ten championship rings later this weekend at a team picnic, but “after that we’re never talking about that again.” He’s clearly going to make moving on and creating a new identity for 2017 a focus this offseason.
* “Jonathan Holland had a really strong spring for us.” Franklin also mentioned Nick Bowers as someone they are excited about developing behind Gesicki at tight end.
* Franklin said “we are heading in that direction” while talking about trying to get everyone to buy in to a “championship lifestyle.”
* Franklin was emotional discussing a speech given to the team by Tim Shaw, a former Penn State player who is battling ALS. He said the team recorded the speech, and he is looking forward to showing it to his daughters. He said it was one of the most inspirational speeches he’s heard.
* Franklin said the coaches knew linebacker Koa Farmer “had it in him,” but the “light bulb went on” this spring. He also raved about the linebacker depth with Brown improving and Jarvis Miller making the transition at the position.
* Franklin on the wide receivers: “They have a lot of talent, but need the guy who is going to make the big play when the game is on the line (someone like Chris Godwin or Allen Robinson).”
* “This 2017 team hasn’t achieved anything yet.” That’s going to be a popular phrase between now and the Akron game.