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James Franklin ‘Anticipates’ Return Of Traditional Blue-White Game Format

Penn State football’s annual Blue-White spring game may return to its traditional scrimmage format, according to head coach James Franklin.

“We anticipate going back to a traditional spring game like we’ve had in the past,” said Franklin during Tuesday’s press conference.

In last year’s version, the offense lined up against the defense in a scrimmage format with a unique scoring system. While the offensive scoring system didn’t change, the defense scored points for sacks, fumble recoveries, interceptions, three-and-outs, and forcing punts –– in addition to defensive touchdowns and safeties.

Franklin added that it was too “early” to say for sure, but indicated the program’s “numbers” project an optimistic outlook.

Penn State’s head coach highlighted reasons for returning to the traditional style, including game-like exposure for less experienced players. Even with the altered structure, the 2022 Blue-White game drew 62,000 fans to Beaver Stadium.

“I also think that we’re one of the unusual schools where when 75,000 people show up to watch a spring game, I’d like to be able to give them a spring game,” Franklin said. “We’re gonna have more people at our spring game than most people have for a regular game in the fall.”

The Nittany Lions are preparing to enter the 2023 preseason with a new starting quarterback for the first time since 2019. The Blue-White game will serve as an opportunity for fans to see how the team has progressed since defeating Utah 35-21 in the 2023 Rose Bowl and a chance to check out the program’s new enrollees.

The 2023 Blue-White game will take place on Saturday, April 15, inside Beaver Stadium. It is currently slated for a 2 p.m. kickoff.

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