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Penn State football: Date for 2016 Blue-White game set

By Travis Johnson

UNIVERSITY PARK – The date for next spring’s Blue-White Game has been set.

The Penn State football team will play its annual intra-squad scrimmage on April 16 in Beaver Stadium the athletic department announced Wednesday. Kickoff is expected to take place in the early to mid afternoon.

The Blue-White Game serves as the 15th and final practice of the spring football session for the team. Penn State recently concluded spring practice with the scrimmage where Blue – made up of most of the team’s starting players – beat White 17-7 in front of an estimated 68,000 fans.

Penn State will begin its 2015 season on Sept. 5 with a game against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Training camp will open in August.

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Penn State football notes: Backup quarterback McSorley, others not available for Blue-White scrimmage

By Travis Johnson

UNIVERSITY PARK — Christian Hackenberg wasn’t supposed to play this much.

But he was ready in case he had to. And he did.

Hackenberg played seven of eight series and completed 17 of 29 passes for 180 yards with a touchdown and interception in Saturday’s Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium. His extra time on the field — the starting quarterback only played a few series last season — came because backup Trace McSorley was unable to play.

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Penn State football: Hackenberg, starters lead Blue over White

By Travis Johnson

UNIVERSITY PARK — That was much smoother than James Franklin’s first spring football game at Penn State.

Saturday’s edition of the annual Blue-White scrimmage felt normal for Franklin in his second year coaching the Nittany Lions. It didn’t feature players switching sides after every few plays to bolster depth. Most of the team’s best players were in action all day. And Franklin actually was able to use more than two combinations of offensive linemen.

As a result, Franklin came away with some satisfaction. He saw progress and productivity over the 15 practices.

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