Penn State has lost another offensive linemen.
Junior guard Anthony Alosi has been suspended from the team indefinitely, coach James Franklin said following Saturday’s Blue-White game.
Alosi is facing three charges stemming from an altercation in State College on January 31, and was not listed on either roster for the annual intrasquad scrimmage. He was not on the sideline. Alosi was charged on March 21 with simple assault, conspiracy to commit simple assault and harrassment according to the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania web portal. Alosi’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 23.
The 6-foot-4, 283-pound Alosi took a redshirt year in 2011 and did not see playing time in 2012. He played in seven games last season at guard.
The Nittany Lions got verbal commitment No. 12 in the 2015 class just over an hour before the Blue-White game kicked off.
Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) defensive tackle Adam McLean tweeted his intent to join Penn State next season. He’s the ninth four-star prospect to commit to Penn State in the current class and his commitment pushed Penn State’s current crop to the top of many national recruiting class rankings.
McLean is listed at 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds and is considered by many recruiting sites to be the top overall recruit in Maryland. He had offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Boston College, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Notre Dame, among others.
A handful of Penn State players were recognized for spring performances at halftime on Saturday.
Defensive tackle Anthony Zettel was named the team’s most improved defensive player (the Jim O’Hora Award), while offensive guard Brian Gaia was named the most improved offensive player (the Red Worrell Award). Both switched positions before spring ball started. Zettel moved inside from defensive end while Gaia switched side from defensive tackle. Offensive line coach Herb Hand accepted Gaia’s award as the sophomore was in the locker room and did not return to the field.
Meanwhile, Sam Ficken was named the team’s special teams player of the spring (a new honor selected by the coaches). He nailed a couple of long field goals — including a 55-yarder — that kept his teammates from having to run sprints at the end of practices. Defensive end Deion Barnes was named the Frank Patrick Total Committment Award winner.
More Little Lions
Linebacker Matt Baney wasn’t the only former State College High School standout to see action on Saturday.
Evan Galimberti played on the White offensive line and Jack Haffner ran behind him.
Haffner, who gained more than 2,100 yards as a Little Lion senior, missed last spring’s scrimmage with a dislocated shoulder. This time, he led the White in rusheing with four carries for 11 yards and caught a pass for 11 yards.
“It was cool,” said Haffner, “I’ve never carried in the spring game. This was a new experience for me.”
Former Central Mountain standout Von Walker tipped a pass that led to an interception, as former District 6 players saw plenty of action.
“It definitely speaks volumes for Central PA football,” said Haffner, a redshirt sophomore. “Maybe we’re a little underrated, but we’re tough.”
While James Franklin said the Nittany Lions used only a fraction of the playbook, Penn State dipped into it early and often on both sides of the ball.
The defense brought several blitzes, not usually a staple in a springs scrimmage, and the offense used a touchdown pass on one reverse and gained 22 yards on another.
Players say they like the aggressiveness from Franklin and his staff.
“They’re coaching style is very aggressive,” middle linebacker Mike Hull said. “Coach Franklin is going to keep you off-balance offensively and Coach (Bob) Shoop is going to come after you if he has to every single down with a blitz or something up his sleeve.
“Today, we probably only threw a tenth of what we have at them,” Hull added. “I think it’s going to be really exciting this fall. We have a lot of stuff we haven’t shown, yet.”
Shoop pleased with defense
Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop admitted the Blue-White game rosters were slanted Saturday.
But he was pleased with what he saw on both sides, a dominant team performance by the first-team unit on the Blue sid,e and some individual playmakers emerge on the White side.
“I thought what you were looking for from the Blue team is they were dominant,” Shoop said. “0-for-11 on third downs. I think the White team had 50 total yards, three first downs. They did what they were supposed to do, created some takeaways. And then on the White team, you're looking for somebody to step up and make a play.”
On the White team, Shoop said he saw defensive tackles Parker Cothren and Tarow Barney, and defensive end Carl Nassib and cornerback Daquan Davis all show their potential. Cothren made two tackles, Barney finished with two tackles and a sack, while Nassib recorded three tackles and a sack. Davis finished with four tackles and a pass breakup. Shoop said he likes the depth in the secondary, particularly at safety, and sees the possibility for the team to play 4-3 and 3-4 defenses to provide different looks.