April 12, 2010

Abbreviated Media Roundup: Coaches Clinic Scrimmage

Mike Yancich (33) warms up before practice. (photo: Mark Selders/GoPSUSports.com)

We already covered the initial reports from Penn State's Coaches Clinic Scrimmage in Beaver Stadium Saturday. Now, we get a bit more meat from the press corps. Here's the long and short of it all.

GoPSUSports.com, with some background on the clinic:
Among the former Nittany Lions attending today's practice were George Landis, Mike Zordich, Yaacov Yisrael and Daryll Clark. Zordich is the defensive quality control coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. His son, Michael, will be a redshirt sophomore running back this fall for the Nittany Lions. Yisrael is an assistant football coach at Halifax (Pa.) High School... The clinic began Friday and featured lectures and demonstrations by Paterno and the entire Nittany Lions' staff...
Bob Flounders, Patriot News, on Kevin Newsome, the O-line, Silas Redd, and Mike Yancich:
"The Lions looked uncertain.

There were bad throws, bobbled snaps, fumbles, missed tackles and more than a few blocking attempts by some unproven offensive linemen that ended up horribly awry..."
Mike Poorman, StateCollege.com, with more on Newsome:
"Didn't look like he was ready to be the Nittany Lions' starter in the home season-opener Sept. 4 vs. Youngstown State. Didn't look very good warming up, but then again Penn State's receivers dropped a number of balls."
Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, with more on Yancich:
"I am getting a decent amount of action this spring," Yancich said. "I'm enjoying it. I didn't feel like I was getting as much work the last few years as I needed."
Mark Brennan, Fight On State, piling on Newsome and the O-line:
"He was extremely erratic during Drill 6 (7 on 7), overthrowing or under-throwing nearly every pass. He opened the actual scrimmage by leading the first-team offense against the first-team defense, hitting on only 1 of 4 passes but also scrambling for a first down on a drive that eventually stalled.

...the new line looks like this: RT, Eliades; RG, Wisniewski; C, Klopacz; LG, Pannell; LT, Barham.

Because of that new look, the first-team defensive line generally pushed around the offensive front. On a fourth-and-1 early on, tailback Stephfon Green was thrown for a 2-yard loss."
Phil Grosz, Blue White Illustrated ($), the only one who's correctly not flipping a sh*t about the offensive line:
"I don't think that there was one starter on the first-team offensive line in today's scrimmage, that was playing at a position he will play in the fall," BWI was told by that contact. "Eliades in my opinion will be at right guard, Wisniewski will be the starting center and from what I'm being told Pannell will be at the starting left tackle position."
Jeff Rice, Centre Daily Times, with a little more perspective:
"In fairness to quarterbacks Kevin Newsome, Matt McGloin and Paul Jones, their offensive linemen didn’t give them a lot of time.

In fairness to those linemen, a lot of them were in unusual positions Saturday."
Derek Levarese, Times Leader, on Matt McGloin:
"McGloin, a former walk-on from West Scranton, was the sharper passer on the day, completing 8-of-17 for 120 yards, unofficially. He connected on deep passes to Shawney Kersey and Graham Zug for the bulk of his yardage."
Happy Monday.

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  1. hopefully we see more of mcgloin although newsome needed to be playing more lastyear to get more experinance. heres how it goes folks, things need to fall into place right away with alabama on sept 11th. and i will say this again: Newsome should have had more playing time last year, there was lots of oppertunies.

  2. terrup,

    I don't think anyone will disagree with you that Newsome should have played more last season, that's what makes this season so frustrating out of the gate.