PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

What To Take Away From The Shrine Game

During the month of January, the NFL playoffs tends to hog the spotlight. NCAA football news is generally relegated to coaching hirings and firings and recruiting trends. What seems to be forgotten is the players in between the two levels of the sport – athletes that have begun the journey to turn pro. Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game is one of the first milestones for these NFL hopefuls, and three Nittany Lions got an opportunity to show what they could bring to the field.

Andrew Quarless
Quarless caught the right pass at the right time. Down by four with six seconds left in the game, the TE grabbed a touchdown delivered right down the middle of the field from Northwestern’s Mike Kafka. While Scouts Inc. didn’t list him as a guy who “really helped himself” with a good performance, it’s obvious that building upon his late season success will buoy his draft stock. Remember, Quarless’ off-the-field troubles had dampened the high hopes we all had after his great freshman season. His game-winning touchdown will likely help convince scouts that he has matured into a valuable talent.

Daryll Clark
Captain Clark  didn’t torch the West’s defense, but a 70% completion rate is nothing to scoff at. He led two drives that resulted in two East field goals. While he didn’t give Todd McShay any more support for “interception machine”  comments, the fact that he didn’t lead the squad to pay dirt likely minimized any increase in his demand for the NFL. Though his career in Happy Valley was impressive in terms of record, his statistics weren’t catering a first-day selection in the first place, so the best thing Clark can do is to show his ability to be a dependable back-up or “project” for an NFL team. Playing smart football is a great start.

Jeremy Boone
According to the Collegian, Boone averaged a decent 46 yards per punt.  Though the possibility he will go undrafted is likely, as NFL teams rarely carry more than one punter and players at the position can play far longer into their adult life, any exposure Boone can get to NFL scouts is good.  Fellow Nittany Lion punter Jeremy Kapinos went undrafted before signing with the New York Jets, getting cut, resigning, getting cut, and signing with the Packers. It sounds like a tumultuous career, but Kapinos became Green Bay’s starter this year and led in yardage at the position for the NFL preseason. The point is, Boone may not find the right opportunity immediately, but showcasing his ability now will help in the long run.

While we’re still a long way from the NFL combine, that doesn’t mean that we won’t hear from aspiring pros until April. Under Armor’s Senior Bowl on January 30th will feature DT Jared Odrick. LB Sean Lee, has since decided not to play.

About the Author

Mark

Mark McColey is a Senior majoring in Advertising and Labor-Employment relations. Among his loves are Penn State Football, The Steelers, The Penguins, The Simpsons, Tina Fey, and Arrested Development.

Comments

More by Mark

Gorman Abruptly Resigns

Head coach of the men’s soccer program Barry Gorman unexpectedly announced his resignation Monday. He leaves a legacy of 22 years of coaching and three Big Ten titles in his wake. Citing “personal reasons,” he has left the team to a nation-wide search for his successor.

“We expected Gorman to be there,” [rising Senior and Co-Captain Andres] Casais said of next season. “He was a father figure to us.”



Oof, that can’t feel good. The move isn’t completely out of the blue, as Gorman was periodically absent during the past few weeks without notice. But from all accounts, his intention to resign was only revealed yesterday. On the abandonment scale, this registers just slightly above “going to the store for some cigarettes and never coming back.”

EVERYBODY PANIC: Battle Submits For NBA Draft

Twisted Humor Comedy Tour to Visit Alumni Hall

Athletics

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Russ Rose’s Nittany Lions won’t play a single home match in September, electing to test themselves against teams like Stanford and Oregon early in the season.

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Penn State Hockey Commit Evan Bell Wins Clark Cup With USHL’s Fargo Force

Center Ludvig Larsson Transfers To Penn State Hockey From Merrimack

Student Life

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

With two Penn State Esport teams in the top eight, the odds of winning the National Championship were ever in our favor.

Road And Utility Work Impacting Penn State This Summer

Where Do Penn Staters Move After Graduation?

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Carr underwhelmed in the agility tests and the scrimmage, but impressed scouts with his sharp-shooting skills.

We Are Royalty: Meghan Markle Is A Penn State Fan

Penn State fans are everywhere, even in the British royal family.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

With two Penn State Esport teams in the top eight, the odds of winning the National Championship were ever in our favor.

Send this to a friend