Penn State Open Practice Thoughts and Observations (09.13.17)

By Matthew Filipovits on September 13, 2017 at 7:54 pm
Apr 22, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Mark Allen (8) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of the Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team won 26-0.

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  • MARK ALLEN'S RETURN

After missing the first two games of the season, running back Mark Allen was back out at practice this week. The junior has amassed 216 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 57 career carries. With Miles Sanders continuing to struggle with ball security, Allen could be in line to take over as Barkley's primary backup going forward, along with Andre Robinson.

  • ANDREW NELSON FULLY PARTICIPATING

One of the best sights from Saturday's game was the return of Andrew Nelson. The senior missed the final eight games of the 2016 season after suffering a knee injury against Maryland. From the limited part of practice I saw, Nelson looked to be exclusively running with the second team offense, with Chasz Wright maintaining his hold as the starting right tackle.

  • TRACE MCSORLEY LOOKING POISED

I think it's safe to say that Trace McSorley came out for the Pittsburgh game all kinds of hyped up. His passes seemed to have almost too much juice on them, overthrowing passes at a much higher rate than normal. Although it was just practice, McSorley looked calm and collected in the pocket today, hitting receivers in stride with ease. If he can translate that cool demeanor to this week's game under the lights, the offense should get back on track.

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