The annual Blue-White spring game took place on Saturday and I was right in my usual front row seat in the student section. Anyone who has been to a Blue-White game knows that it’s much different than an actual regular season game in Beaver Stadium. So for the last time until the opener against Syracuse on August 31, here are my Notes from Nittanyville:
- Just to be clear, there wasn’t actually a Nittanyville campout for this game.
- Considering the weather, the attendance was better than I thought it was going to be. An estimated 28,000 fans (it seemed like more) braved the ridiculously odd weather to watch the Nittany Lions scrimmage.
- Speaking of the weather, I think we experienced every season during the game. It snowed, hailed, rained, was windy and was nice and sunny. Personally, I wasn’t that surprised. Throughout my time at Penn State, I’m kind of used to State College weather being that weird.
- In terms of the game itself: Akeel Lynch impressed me a lot, Ferguson and Bench didn’t make stupid mistakes and I’m really glad O’Brien took out the top players after only a series or two.
- Just like every Blue-White game it was great to see former Penn State football players roam the sidelines. There were a lot but some notables were Matt McGloin, Stefen Wisniewski, Stephon Morris, Gerald Hodges and Jordan Hill.
- It was also great to see so many recruits and current commits on the field during pregame. To name a few: Christian Hackenberg, Mark Allen, Nick Scott and De’Andre Thompkins (committed a few hours after the game).
- I enjoyed listening to Bill O’Brien on the PA system. It was cool to hear the kinds of things he says during a game. I was waiting for a slip-up where he would say something inappropriate, but he [unfortunately] kept it censored.
- For the second year in a row, fans were allowed to go on to the field after the game. I stood right next to Mike Hull at one point and he made me feel really, really small.
- With the various injuries and lack of depth at certain positions, I was just happy that no major player seriously hurt himself. The extent of Zach Zwinak’s hand injury is not yet known, but it didn’t seem too serious. Now it’s time for the end of the academic year and then summer conditioning and workouts before training camp. And before we know it, it’ll be time for Penn State-Syracuse at MetLife Stadium.