Penn State will have the chance to introduce some new faces Saturday during the annual Blue-White spring game at Beaver Stadium.
There will be plenty of familiar ones on the field as well, though some of the most notable Nittany Lions may not see much action. Penn State has consistently compiled top-20 recruiting classes since James Franklin arrived, and this game should be a chance to showcase the upgraded depth the program has accumulated.
Whether it is the early enrollees, led by top-50 national recruit Lamont Wade, or redshirt freshmen and sophomores who have been waiting for their turn, this game could be a chance to offer a preview of what’s to come during the 2017 season.
Penn State spring game details
Time: 3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 22
Location: Beaver Stadium, Penn State
Which TV channel will broadcast the Penn State spring game?
The game will air live on Big Ten Network.
How can I watch the Iowa spring game online?
The Big Ten will stream the spring game live at 3 p.m., on BTN2Go. Click here for details.
How can I listen to the Penn State spring game on the radio?
The game will be broadcast live on the Penn State Sports Network. Here is a list of affiliates.
Who is calling the Penn State spring game?
Kevin Kugler will call the play-by-play on TV with Matt Millen serving as analyst. Anthony Adams will provide sideline commentary.
What do fans need to know?
Admission is free. Parking is free for 2016 season ticket holders. It is $20 on Saturday for non-season ticket holders to park in the outer Beaver Stadium lots.
Players will sign autographs at the gates outside Beaver Stadium from 12:15 p.m.-1:05 p.m. The gates open at 1:30 p.m.
Penn State spring game 3 keys
Penn State has a lot of returning starters and experienced reserves. Still, there are several key players from the 2016 team to replace. Here are five positions that worth monitoring closely.
Leadership goes beyond whoever is named a captain. Malik Golden, Brandon Bell and Brian Gaia were consistently lauded for their leadership last season, but all have moved on.
Nick Scott is the new special teams captain, and he’s also trying to win Golden’s old job at strong safety. The Nittany Lions had an amazing 2016 season with a largely young team. Maintaining the team’s status as an elite team could prove to be just as difficult in 2017, but having a much older team could help.
Penn State has also reportedly lost one of its best players to injury during spring practice. If cornerback John Reid is out for an extended time, it could be a huge test of how far the program has come in James Franklin’s three years.
The Nittany Lions dealt with plenty of injuries last season, including all three starting linebackers at one point. Coaches want to see the young players compete hard on this stage, but they also want to make it through what is still a glorified scrimmage without adding any more key names to the injury list.