The biggest issue for Penn State entering spring practice was finding a replacement for departed starting quarterback Daryll Clark.
The biggest question for the Nittany Lions as they put the bow on 15 spring sessions? Finding a replacement for Clark.
Penn State held their annual spring game this afternoon, and neither Kevin Newsome nor Matt McGloin did much to separate himself from the other. In fact, early enrollee freshman Paul Jones — who Joe Paterno has no intention of starting, at least early on — was arguably the best QB on the field and stated his case for Paterno to acknowledge the existence of freshmen.
Newsome, the Allentown Morning Call wrote, “was way off target on the long ball, usually not even in the same zip code”, while McGloin threw two interceptions. Newsome is believed to be the front-runner right now, but, after witnessing the performance of both candidates, Paterno told the media that he’s no closer to naming a starter at the position.
Even given the struggles of the top two contenders for the job, Paterno tried to remain positive.
“I think we’ve made progress, I really do,” Paterno said according to the Patriot-News. “But we’re not there yet. We’ve got a long ways to go. There’s certainly some potential there.”
Again, though, it was Jones who stood out amongst the trio according to the Morning Call, even as Paterno has stated publicly in the past that “you can’t count on” freshmen at that position when facing road games at Alabama and at Ohio State.
Would JoePa start a freshman under center, especially given their schedule? It seems doubtful, but, if Newsome and/or McGloin don’t step up their games over the next four months, the coaching legend may not have a choice.