It’s the game that doesn’t matter, played mostly by walk-ons and third stringers, until the coaches decide they don’t want to play anymore.
But man, do a lot of people care about Penn State’s spring scrimmage.
The Blue-White Game will kick off at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, and if you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of Penn State’s biggest football stars before summer practice starts in August….well, you probably won’t see much of them. But it will be a good opportunity to get a look at Tommy Stevens under center, and the main contenders to replace Saquon Barkley at tailback, and how the defensive line and linebacker spots could respond to some offseason upheaval.
And, hey…Micah Parsons!
The game will air live on the Big Ten Network, but if you’re going take advantage of a rare strong weather forecast and head to Centre County, here’s a look which team will be featuring which players:
As always, the Blue squad looks to be the one loaded up with first- and second-stringers. Everybody you’d consider a decent candidate to start this season is on this roster. Stevens and Trace McSorley are on this roster, but the presence also of redshirt freshman Sean Clifford, who the staff swooned over last year, would indicate to me that McSorley won’t play much, if at all.
Parsons, the uber-prospect, is on this roster. He’ll wear number 11 and is listed as a linebacker. Local products Connor McGovern and Kyle Vasey.
The White roster, meanwhile, is interesting.
This is usually where the third- and fourth-stringers are put so they can get some good reps in against the starters and backups. But there are some players here that are going to be worth watching. Lamont Wade, who moved from cornerback to safety this spring, is on the White roster. So is Yetur Gross-Matos, who really came on at defensive end at the tail end of 2017. RB Journey Brown and freshman LB Jesse Luketa are here, too.
But the matchup between the White offensive line and the Blue defensive line might be really cool to see. Some of the big-name younger players who Penn State coaches have been raving about are on the White roster: CJ Thorpe, Alex Gellerstedt, Mike Miranda and Des Holmes. There aren’t always those must-see matchups in spring games like this. But I’ll be interested to see how that group performs.