Penn State benefiting from backup plan at QB; are double-digit wins likely for Nittany Lions?
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In good hands
Trace McSorley’s job as the Penn State starting quarterback is safe. But the two backups behind the fifth-year senior are duking it out for reps and providing a spark in spring practice.
McSorley said he and the team are benefiting from having backups Tommy Stevens and Sean Clifford earning reps in practice, writes Pennlive’s Greg Pickel.
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Penn State has been in the thick of the college football playoff discussion the last two seasons and figures to be right back in that discussion again this season.
ESPN thinks so anyway. The network updated its Football Power Index and has the Nittany Lions checking in with a projected 9.7 wins for the upcoming season.
Penn State threw out an offer on Wednesday, and the prospect was, well, surprised.
247 Sports writer Brian Dohn says that Fadil Diggs was on Penn State’s campus Wednesday, and when he got an offer, it was something that he didn’t expect, at least at the time. Diggs is part of the Class of 2020 and projects as a defensive end.
Secondary step up
Penn State has to figure out who is going to step up in its secondary, basically replacing everyone from a season ago. Gone are Grant Haley, Christian Campbell, Troy Apke and Marcus Allen. John Reid is back on the practice field, but two others have stood out so far.
The Daily Collegian’s Tyler King writes that Garrett Taylor and Nick Scott, a pair of safeties, have taken the reins during spring ball.
Reid missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL, suffered around this time a year ago. But now he is back on the practice field ready to make an impact.
StateCollege.com’s Mikey Mandarino writes that Reid finally returned to a full practice and would be ready to go if the Nittany Lions were playing this weekend.