The rosters for each of the Blue and White teams were released on Thursday in preparation for Saturday’s spring game, so Penn State football fans will have ample time to analyze each.
New offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead will be coaching the Blue Team, which will be quarterbacked by Trace McSorley. Backup Billy Fessler is also on the team.
Notable Blue Team names include running back Saquon Barkley, receivers Chris Godwin, Saeed Blacknall, DaeSean Hamilton and Brandon Polk, newly-shifted left tackle Andrew Nelson, defensive end Garrett Sickels, defensive tackle Antoine White, linebackers Jason Cabinda, Nyeem Wartman-White and Brandon Bell, safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Grant Haley.
Wartman-White will likely not see field time as he is recovering from injury. Bell is also limited.
New offensive line coach Matt Limegrover, receivers coach Josh Gattis, defensive coordinator Brent Pry (also the linebackers coach), defensive backs coach Terry Smith and defensive line coach Sean Spencer will also join Moorhead for the Blue team.
The White Team will be quarterbacked by Tommy Stevens and backed up by Jake Zembiec. Tight ends coach Ricky Rahne, running backs and special teams coach Charles Huff, defensive backs coach Tim Banks and graduate assistants Tommy Galt, Joe Brady, Ryan Smith and Andrew Jackson will lead the team.
Notable White Team names include kick returner Koa Farmer, running back Andre Robinson, safety Nick Scott, linebacker Von Walker, wide receivers Juwan Johnson and Irvin Charles, early enrollee tight end Danny Dalton, early enrolle lineman Connor McGovern and kicker Joey Julius.
Penn State will kick off its annual Blue-White game at 2 p.m.
After practice on Wednesday, head coach James Franklin said the formatting of the game itself may change a bit from last season. The clock will likely run continuously to add to Moorhead’s uptempo offense and some players may have to run back and forth between teams to compensate for injuries on both sides. The rosters above, however, are a good indicator as to how some position battles have been shaping up.
“It will be similar to how we’ve done it in the past,” said Franklin. “We’ll have, basically, a (first and second team) versus a version of (the second and third team).
“We have a number of guys that are out, either have been out all spring because of injuries or things like that, so we’re down numbers. We’re pretty thin at a few spots, so we may have to go back to year one, where we may have to have guys running from one sideline to the other.”
The game will be shown on tape delay on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m.
For more analysis and complete rosters, visit the Penn State football section on centredaily.com.