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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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Penn State football: Defense on track as starting units square off in spring practice

By Travis Johnson

 

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin returned to an exercise he used earlier in spring practice during the team’s 11th session on Saturday.

 

He flashed back to last fall.

 

In-game situations where his Nittany Lions either foundered or on rare occasion succeeded were replicated inside Holuba Hall. But instead of facing defenses of Maryland and Boston College players, Penn State’s offense squared off against its own top unit, a group of players that already looks explosive — especially up front.

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