Blue-White first half observations

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Blue-White game has been, uh, boring, to say the least. Still, there are 70,000-plus on hand here at Beaver Stadium. So at least they consider today's scrimmage something worth witnessing. Part of the boredom stems from the fact that many prominent players are missing and a number of starters haven't played much. Here are a few observations, however:

-- Quarterback Daryll Clark played just two series in the first half and led the first team offense to a touchdown when fullback Joe Suhey plunged two yards.

-- Backup quarterback Kevin Newsome was shaky on a few throws but looked poised in the pocket. The true freshman did make a nice touchdown pass to Brett Backett in the back of the end zone in the second quarter.

-- Defensive end Jack Crawford is a beast and will have a breakout season in the fall.

-- Defensive tackle Jared Odrick played at an end occassionally. The Lions have depth at tackle so this could carry over into the fall.

-- Safety Gerald Hodges almost killed two receivers. The true freshman laid out receiver A.J. Price and nearly decapitated tight end Andrew Szczerba. He'll see significant time as the season progresses.

-- Injuries: defensive end Pete Massaro was helped off the field favoring his right knee. The Marple Newtown product had to be carted off the field. Tackle Ako Poti hobbled off at one point. Brackett was taken to the bench with an apparent right shoulder injury.

-- First half stats: Clark, 10 of 13 for 123 yards. Newsome, 4 of 6 for 42 yards and one TD pass. Running back Evan Royster 3 carries for 21 yards. Andrew Quarless, four catches for 52 yards.