The Blue and White scrimmage saw 71 thousand people pop into Beaver Stadium to join in the fun on Saturday afternoon, with hundreds more opting to stay in the tailgating fields. Quarterbacks Tommy Stevens (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Jake Zembiec (Rochester, N.Y.) were pitted against each other with Stevens captaining the Blue team and Zembiec the White team.
Stevens, who is older and has more game experience than Zembiec (who spent much of last year recovering from a shoulder injury), was able to pull of a 26-0 Blue team win. Stevens made 17 of 24 passes for 216 yards, while Zembiec made two of eight passes for 14 yards.
Standout offensive line players on the Blue team included Shareef Miller (Philadelphia, Pa.), who contributed four tackles, and Parker Cothren (Huntsville, Ala.), who added two. As a whole, the Blue offensive line made 18 tackles.
“Very, very pleased with our guys,” said Head Coach James Franklin. “We’ve done a good job of building on the foundation of last season.”
Franklin went on to praise his team for staying healthy and playing smart, and also noted that the leadership shown by players returning from last year will play a key role in the Lions’ impending success in the 2018 season.
Not only was the game instructional and a good early-season test for current team members, it was also a game that many recruits attended. Penn State achieved two more commits on Blue and White gameday, largely thanks to the hype surrounding the upcoming season.
Four-star offensive tackle Nana Asiedu announced his commitment to Penn State on Saturday. Asiedu, who hails from Stafford, Virginia, is 6’6” and 265 pounds. He will be part of the 2018 recruiting class. Asiedu is the third-best prospect in Virginia and seventh in America.
Along with Asiedu, another four-star offensive tackle added his commitment to Penn State during the Blue and White game: Antwan Reed of Muskegon, Michigan. Reed is a 6’7”, 295-pound tackle who will join the 2018 recruiting class.
Another Blue and White game has come and gone, but the hum of excitement surrounding the 2017 season now hangs in air over Beaver Stadium, ready to be ignited by the thousands of fans counting the days until Saturday, September 2, when the Lions will open their season against Akron.