PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Three Takeaways From Penn State’s Blue-White Game

Penn State’s annual Blue-White game Saturday offered fans a glimpse of what’s to come this fall, with the Blue squad winning 21-10.

Here are three takeaways from the team’s spring scrimmage, which saw an estimated 71,000 come out to Beaver Stadium. Only Nebraska, Georgia, and Alabama had more people in attendance at their respective games.

Tight End Continues To Be A Question Mark

After the game, offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne acknowledged depth at tight end was a bit of a concern this spring, as redshirt juniors Jonathan Holland and Nick Bowers both dealt with injuries.

Penn State’s tight ends combined for just three catches and 12 receiving yards on the afternoon, but walk-on Joe Arcangelo’s 3-yard touchdown grab from Jake Zembiec in the fourth quarter provided a nice highlight.

Arcangelo (41) celebrates his touchdown catch from Saturday’s game.

“I think we have good tight ends, I really do,” Rahne said. “I think we’ve got some guys who will surprise here. This offense works best when we have a great tight end.”

Just who exactly will follow in Mike Gesicki’s footsteps has yet to be determined.

Rahne said redshirt sophomore Danny Dalton, who had one catch for five yards, took some strides in his blocking and overall preparedness for the rigors of Big Ten football this spring. Once everyone’s healthy, it should be a solid competition during preseason camp, especially with true freshmen Zack Kuntz and Pat Freiermuth joining the fold.

Micah Parsons Is A Grown Man

Parsons arrived on Penn State’s campus this spring with enormous expectations, but the former five-star prospect has continued to impress in every conceivable manner. Parsons’ eight-tackle performance in his Beaver Stadium debut led the Blue defense, which was comprised mostly of starters.

After originally working at middle linebacker this spring, James Franklin and defensive coordinator Brent Pry elected to move him out to the Will, where they feel he has more potential to make an early impact this season.

There’s no doubt Parsons will play as a true freshman, but it remains to be seen how much of a role he’ll be ready to take on. Whether he’s used primarily in pass-rushing situations or has the opportunity to carve out a more significant job for himself will depend on how he prepares during summer workouts.

Offensive Line Picture Starting To Clear Up

The Blue team trotted out a starting offensive line comprised of Ryan Bates, Steven Gonzalez, Connor McGovern, Michal Menet, and Chasz Wright.

Menet, a redshirt sophomore, is the only one who hasn’t seen significant playing time for the Nittany Lions, but the extremely talented lineman from Birdsboro, PA, appears to have rounded the corner in his development.

Menet endured some bumps and bruises his first two years on campus, all while he adjusted to the physicality and mental demands of the college game. He said the minor setbacks turned out to be beneficial in the long run.

“If anything, it just motivated me to want to get where I am now, just working on my technique and all that stuff, because I knew that through better technique and fundamentals, that’s how I would get on the field,” Menet said.

Redshirt freshmen Mike Miranda and C.J. Thorpe will press Menet at guard this summer in what should be an all-out battle to make the two-deep. As a whole, Penn State’s offensive line hasn’t looked this promising in years.

About the Author

Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

Comments

More by Ethan

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Erica Dambach’s Nittany Lions return a solid combination of experience and young talent. They’re ranked No. 4 to start the season.

Nick Scott Evolving Into Seasoned Leader For Penn State

Four-Star Offensive Tackle Anthony Whigan Commits To Penn State

Athletics

Penn State Women’s Soccer Poised For Strong 2018 Season

Erica Dambach’s Nittany Lions return a solid combination of experience and young talent. They’re ranked No. 4 to start the season.

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Student Life

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

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.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Start The Semester Off Right With These Welcome Week Activities

Don your brightly-colored college shirt and officially begin your Penn State career with these Welcome Week activities.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend