Author Drew Balis

Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.

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3 QB Steven Bench Set to Transfer

The number of quarterbacks on Penn State’s roster just decreased by one. According to a GoPSUSports release, sophomore signal-caller Steven Bench has been granted a release to transfer from the Nittany Lion program when the semester concludes on May 3rd.

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0 Defense Defeats Offense, O’Brien Pleased with QB Play

Heading into today’s Blue-White game, the thought existed that some separation in the quarterback competition between Steven Bench and Tyler Ferguson could be created. After what transpired at Beaver Stadium, that does not appear to be the case, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The quarterback play itself was far from bad despite the defense (blue) defeating the offense (white 67-47)

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0 Blue-White Game Preview: What to Watch For

Beaver Stadium is the site of Penn State’s 15th and final spring practice, affectionately known as the Blue-White, game tomorrow. It is easy and tempting to over-analyze what happens, but with that said, the game does present some interesting story lines that can provide some insight about the 2013 Nittany Lions. Below are five things to keep an eye on.

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0 Countdown to Blue White / 7 Days: How is Penn State’s Secondary Different from 2012?

With three returning starters from last year’s unit, one might assume that Penn State’s secondary will look similar to the one that saw the field in 2012, but that is not necessarily the case. More depth will allow the Nittany Lions to utilize nickel and dime defensive packages when needed, something that often frustrated secondary coach John Butler last season.

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0 Countdown to Blue-White / 8 Days: Will Bill O’Brien’s Run-Pass Ratio Change in 2013?

Bill O’Brien has no reservations about sharing his thoughts on much of the returning experience at skill positions or making an already comprehensive playbook even thicker, but play selection and run-pass ratio is usually an off limits topic. Heading into the 2013 season, it is a rather intriguing topic based on O’Brien’s history and the current offensive personnel.

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0 Spring Practice Day 10: Notes and Observations

Penn State officially hit the double digit mark of spring practice yesterday as the Blue-White game inches closer. An afternoon thunderstorm washed away some nice weather and forced the Nittany Lions inside Holuba Hall, a common theme over the past few weeks. Bill O’Brien spent much of the time watching quarterbacks and for the most part seemed pleased.

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0 Countdown to Blue-White / 21 Days: Is Glenn Carson Ready to Lead?

For two years, Glenn Carson has played the most important position on Penn State’s defense, yet still managed to go unnoticed at times, overshadowed by bigger and more decorated names. Now, as the revered Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges set their sights on an NFL career, it is up to the senior middle linebacker to help carry on the mantel of Linebacker U, surrounded by an inexperienced supporting cast.

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0 Lady Lions and Cal-Poly Dance in Opening Round

The third-seeded Lady Lions (25-5, 14-2 Big Ten) will look to extend their season today when they take on the No. 14 seed Cal Poly Mustangs (21-10, 13-5 Big West) in Baton Rogue at 5:15 p.m. For Coquese Washington’s squad, the Pete Maravich Assembly Center is a familiar site for the first two rounds of NCAA tournament play.

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