On Saturday April 20, football will be back at Penn State.
Not that it went anywhere, but the Lions’ annual spring game will be the culmination for what is an eventful weekend in Happy Valley.
The Penn State Blue and White weekend is a tradition at State College where a carnival comes into town, bands play, there are fire works and there is a team autograph session—all along with a game.
So why should you spend about two hours on this particular spring Saturday afternoon glued to the television?
To put it simply, it’s the future.
This spring game is going to show Penn State fans where the program is headed.
More specifically, who is going to push this program forward.
The Blue and White game isn’t going to be about the “X’s and O’s” per say.
Rather, this game will be about where head coach Bill O’Brien is in evaluating the talent on his roster for the 2013 season and who that talent is.
Last spring, it was Matt McGloin that began to emerge as the offensive leader.
Although you shouldn’t expect to see O’Brien flash his hand on some position battles, we will get to see how far along some players are.
We will get to see who the front-runners will be for the starting defensive line and linebacker spots.
Being able to see these newly enrolled players and others play at game speed will provide a glimpse at their potential and help you, the fan, predict who may be starting against Syracuse.
It is true that I am jumping the gun slightly, at least in the quarterback competition where top-rated quarterback recruit Christian Hackenberg won’t even be enrolled at Penn State.
But at other positions, seeing where players are in their road to starting is an exciting thing.
And last but not least, you should watch this game because it’s college football in the spring—kind of similar to and early Christmas present.