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Staff Predictions: 2019 Blue-White Breakout Performer

Penn State football will be back at Beaver Stadium on Saturday for the annual Blue-White spring game.

To make a bold a prediction, Penn State is probably going to win the game. However, our staffers took a crack at who they think will be Saturday’s breakout performer in the final tuneup of the spring.

Patrick Arnold: Journey Brown

Journey Brown has been battling for the starting spot all spring and been complimented and praised by many players and coaches, mostly because of his explosive speed and agility. He also switched to his favorite jersey number — No. 4 — and said it just turns him into a different beast. I can’t wait to see him break out at Beaver Stadium.

Will Pegler: Keaton Ellis

Keaton Ellis made several big plays throughout spring ball and impressed many of his coaches and teammates. I expect the freshman to make at least one interception on Saturday along with several tackles, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the opportunity to make plays as a kick/punt returner. The State College native will make his Beaver Stadium debut, so there’s no question the young corner will have some more excitement for this year’s Blue-White game than the rest of his freshman class.

Rory Pelella: Justin Shorter

Although Justin Shorter only appeared in four games last season, the former five-star recruit showed flashes of his talent and potential during the Citrus Bowl. He’s put in the work during the offseason and seems hungry to prove himself in a crowded field of young receivers who are trying to step up in the absence of DeAndre Thompkins and Juwan Johnson. Shorter is a big-time athlete who can make big-time plays as long as he gets the ball in his hands.

Mitch Stewart: Noah Cain

I think we’ll see plenty of reps from Journey Brown and Ricky Slade this weekend. However, Cain is a highly-touted back out of IMG Academy who has been turning heads all spring. Running backs coach JaJuan Seider already said Cain should be in the mix for touches this fall as a true freshman, and this Saturday will be Penn State’s first chance to watch him at game-speed. A big day this weekend could vault Cain even higher up on the depth chart before he records his first official collegiate touch.

Mikey Mandarino: Lamont Wade

Lamont Wade has a lot to prove at the Blue-White game. He’s already established himself as a strong candidate to earn the starting spot at safety left vacant by Nick Scott’s graduation, but his work is far from done. Fans should be happy just to have Wade back on the team after he explored a move away, but I want to see former five-star recruit make an impact on Saturday to prove his worth.

Elissa Hill: Jahan Dotson

In a pack of receivers, Jahan Dotson is about to become the guy. We saw flashes last season of what he can do, and I for one am eager to see how much he’s improved this offseason with Penn State’s hiring of Gerad Parker as the new wide receivers coach. With an arm like Tommy Stevens’ or Sean Clifford’s (or even Michael Johnson Jr.’s or Taquan Roberson’s) at the other end of the football, the sky’s the limit for Dotson this weekend and hopefully through to the regular season.

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