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Penn State Blue-White Game Defensive Grades

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Today, we mercifully put a wrap on our Blue-White Game coverage as we take a look at the defense's performance in the contest. As we were with the offense, we're going to be generous in our evaluations given the meaninglessness of the game and the crappy conditions at Beaver Stadium.  Hopefully, we'll highlight some noteworthy performances, however, for those of you who missed the game.

Defensive Line

There were a lot of should-be regulars missing on the defensive line Saturday, so it's hard to really get a grasp for where the unit stands at all right now. That said, it was nice to see Kyle Baublitz slip free and get a couple of sacks. Brandon Ware also looked good, as we've heard throughout spring practice, in registering a couple of tackles. Devon Still earned a pair of tackles himself. The running backs had a tough time slipping through the first level of the defense, which is a credit to the defensive line. Grade: Pass

Linebackers

Glenn Carson had a game-high five tackles from the linebacker spot. Lots of other familiar names mixed it up well, too. Mike Hull registered four tackles, coming in right behind Carson on the White defense. Michael Mauti led the blue defense with three tackles and Gerald Hodges and Khairi Fortt each had a pair. The backers looked good in run defense and a couple guys even helped break up some passes. All around solid day for that group. Grade: Pass

Secondary

As on the defensive line, there were a lot of guys missing here, but the unit looked pretty good nevertheless. Mike Wallace of Primary Element fame (yeah, I'm going to keep doing that until he becomes a famous football player) picked off the first pass of the game from Robert Bolden and guys were breaking up passes all over the place. Not only did the receivers have trouble getting open at times, but when the quarterbacks managed to get them the ball in a catchable spot, pressure on the receivers forced a lot of drops if not break ups. Nice performances. Grade: Pass

Overall

It's just the spring game, and the conditions were pretty terrible, but it was good to see a defense that struggled forcing turnovers last season make some plays. The two defenses combined to force four fumbles and pick off a pass. Not bad for one half of football. the offenses certainly helped with their sloppy play, but plenty of sloppy teams victimized them Penn State defense last season and the Nittany Lions didn't always take advantage. Give them credit for making things happen on Saturday.