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April 18 Newsletter

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B L U E - W H I T E G A M E R E P O R T B L U E 1 7 , W H I T E 7 N A T E   B A U E R | N B A U E R @ B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M A P R I L 1 8 , 2 0 1 5 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M 1 PROGRESS REPORT Despite absences, PSU shows signs of growth in spring game BLOCK PARTY Carl Nassib and the rest of the Blue defense had a strong after- noon, holding the White to only 99 yards. Photo by Bill Anderson Penn State's annual Blue-White Game offered a pregame and halBime kicking competition, the latest look at the program's work-in-progress of- fensive line, and the usual dose of run-on per- formances. What it did not offer, however, was a first glimpse at redshirt freshman quarterback Trace McSorley in action, Nyeem Wartman as the Mike inside linebacker, or Adam Breneman returning from injury, among other things. When second-year Nittany Lion head coach James Franklin reflects on the 15th and final THE GAME AT A GLANCE GOOD NEWSThe skill position players en- joyed some really nice moments. Saeed Black- nall had a terrific over- the-shoulder catch on the sideline, while Nick Scott dazzled on a 51- yard touchdown run after escaping Anthony Zettel's tackle attempt in the backfield. Akeel Lynch had a couple of nice runs as well, in- cluding a 22-yard touchdown burst. BAD NEWS The Nit- tany Lions continued to have trouble pro- tecting Christian Hackenberg. Under pressure much of the afternoon, he forced a few throws and was in- tercepted once. The left tackle position re- mains a source of sig- nificant concern. THE TAKEAWAYThe starter-laden Blue of- fense showed some signs of life on Satur- day, but as James Franklin was quick to note, this remains very much a work in progress. The offensive line is still very young, and as the spring game clearly showed, there are no quick fixes in this crucial area.

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