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Blue-White Game Players to Watch Part II: Offense

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Brenton Strange leaps in for a TD against Illinois

The 2022 Blue-White game is just a day away, and there are plenty of players and storylines for Penn State fans to follow.

Yesterday, Nittany Sports Now hit on some players to watch on Penn State’s defense, and now, he are some offensive players for Penn State fans to keep an eye on in the spring game.

DREW ALLAR AND NICK SINGLETON

Allar and Singleton are the two most hyped recruits in one of the most hyped classes in Penn State history.

Allar is expected by many to be Penn State’s messiah quarterback, and Singleton is a five-star who has and will inevitably continue to be compared with Saquon Barkley.

Barring an injury to presumed-starter Sean Clifford, It’s not likely that Allar will get much playing time in 2022. It’s also not clear how much he’ll play in the spring game, but Penn State fans will be keyed in on every snap No. 15 gets.

Singleton seems much more likely to contribute significantly in 2022, and by all accounts, has lived up to the hype in spring camp. This will be the first chance for fans to look at the Governor Mifflin product in sort of game action, and that’s certainly something to look forward to.

MITCHELL TINSLEY

Penn State’s whole receivers room is intriguing mainly due to it being the first year of the post-Jahan Dotson-era. But Tinsley, in particular, is one to watch.

The Western Kentucky transfer had 14 touchdowns and more than 1,400 yards for the Hilltoppers last season and committed to transfer to Penn State Christmas Eve.

So far, the experienced-but-new Nittany Lion has displayed his talents.

“He’s electric,” quarterback Sean Clifford said earlier this spring. “He’s a workhorse. He’s someone always working, always catching JUGS, always doing extra.”

Whatever “extra” Tinsley has will be helpful to Penn State, as he and Parker Washington are expected to be Clifford’s top targets. The spring game will be the first chance for Penn State fans to look at Tinsley as a Nittany Lion.

THE TIGHT ENDS

Prior to last season, James Franklin called his tight end group the best he’d coached “in 25 years of college football.”

By the end of the year, it’s not likely many Penn State fans or reporters were as complimentary. Brenton Strange, Tyler Warren and Theo Johnson are all back this season, and Strange feels that this tight group is as good, if not better, than any college football.

And he said media criticism motivates both himself and the rest of Penn State’s tight ends.

”I see what y’all say,” Strange told reporters in a Zoom call earlier this month. “We all see what y’all say. Honestly, it adds motivation to us. I think we have approached this year differently than spring ball last year. That’s just how I feel.”

The Blue-White Game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday.

 

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