Penn State Football Releases Rosters For 2019 Blue-White Game
Penn State football unveiled the rosters for the 2019 Blue-White spring football game on Friday afternoon.
Sean Clifford and Tommy Stevens — the two main competitors for the starting quarterback job this season — will both feature on the blue squad along with Will Levis and some of their expected primary receiving targets on offense. KJ Hamler, Jahan Dotson, and Justin Shorter are all on the team with them alongside Ricky Slade and Journey Brown at running back and Pat Freiermuth and Nick Bowers at tight end.
Interestingly, Mac Hippenhammer is listed on the blue roster despite the fact that he’s currently with the baseball team full-time. The dual-sport athlete stole the show at last year’s spring game by hauling in four passes for 43 yards and two scores.
On defense, five-star linebacker prospect Lance Dixon will feature for the blue team. He’ll likely start the game behind Cam Brown, Micah Parsons, and Jan Johnson — the Nittany Lions’ three projected starters at the position. Lamont Wade is also on the blue team this year after being named to the white squad in 2018.
Meanwhile, the white team features a number of intriguing prospects, including State College native Keaton Ellis, highly-touted running back recruit Noah Cain, and five-star linebacker prospect Brandon Smith. Freshman quarterbacks Michael Johnson Jr. and Ta’Quan Roberson will play for the white team.
As usual, the blue team is made up mostly of projected starters, while the white team features players expected to fill a reserve role. Penn State did not announce who will coach each squad in the spring game, but expect offensive and defensive coordinators Ricky Rahne and Brent Pry to run the bench of each squad.
The 2019 Blue-White spring football game is set to kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at Beaver Stadium. The game will be broadcast on tape delay at 8 p.m. Saturday on the Big Ten Network.
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The close game certainly made things exciting, which is more than you can say about the first two games, but nothing seemed “fun” about watching each team try to let the other win.
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