Penn State Blue-White pregame: Lions add 2018 verbals, several key players out today
STATE COLLEGE — Greetings from the press box at Beaver Stadium. The Blue-White game kickoff is approaching fast and here are some notes …
NOTABLE ABSENCES: Here is the list of Penn State players who did not suit up today. Remember, James Franklin is not one to discuss Lions injuries.
John Reid, a projected starting corner, has suffered a significant knee injury, according to multiple reports. He may miss the 2017 season.
The Lions also held out wide receiver Saeed Blacknall, running back Miles Sanders, defensive lineman Ryan Buchholz, offensive linemen Brendan Mahon, Michal Menet and offensive tackle Andrew Nelson.
Kickoff specialist Joey Julius, a Lower Dauphin grad, is not practicing with the team this spring.
NICK BOWERS SUITS UP: Young Penn State tight end Nick Bowers, who missed all of 2016 with an undisclosed injury, is suited up and looks like he’s ready to go.
The 6-4, 269-pound Bowers had impressed the PSU coaching staff in 2016 before he was injured.
LIONS ADD TO 2018 VERBAL LIST: The Blue-White weekend is always a prime hunting ground for Penn State recruiting and there were dozens of recruits at the game.
PSU added two verbals — Virginia offensive lineman Nana Asadieu and Michigan offensive lineman Antwan Reed.
LIONS ALUM ALL OVER TV, RADIO: The Big Ten Network is carrying the Blue-White contest live a couple of Penn State defensive greats are involved. Matt Miller will handle the analysis and Anthony “Spice” Adams is working the sideline.
On the radio side, Jack Ham is handling commentary on the Penn State Sports Radio Network and Derrick Williams is on the sideline.
2017 CLASS REPRESENTS: Only a handful of Penn State true freshmen are January enrollees — offensive lineman Mike Miranda, wideout K.J. Hamler, corner Lamont Wade and Breilin Faison-Walden. The rest of the 2017 group can’t practice until August and many of them were at the game, including headliners Sean Clifford (quarterback), C.J. Thorpe (offensive line) and Fred Hansard (defensive line).