5 observations from Penn State's football scrimmage at Beaver Stadium

Rich Scarcella, Reading Eagle, Pa.
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Apr. 17—1. The offense and quarterback Sean Clifford are works in progress under first-year coordinator Mike Yurcich. Clifford did some very nice things Saturday, but he and the offense need to be more consistent.

2. Keyvone Lee was the best running back on the field Saturday at Beaver Stadium, running with power and vision. It'll be interesting to see the role of the 238-pound Lee in the fall when Noah Cain and Baylor transfer John Lovett are available.

3. The first-team defensive line had the upper hand on the first-team offensive line, which was missing potential starters Juice Scruggs and Des Holmes. The guys on defense, including Temple transfer Arnold Ebiketie at end, were frequently in the backfield.

4. Freshman cornerback Kalen King backed up coach James Franklin's comments about him earlier in the week. King intercepted two passes, returning the first one for a touchdown and making the second one in the end zone. He also showed he can tackle in the open field.

5. At least eight players who are expected to compete to be starters in the fall did not play: running backs Noah Cain and John Lovett, offensive linemen Juice Scruggs and Des Holmes, linebacker Jesse Luketa, cornerbacks Tariq Castro-Fields and Joey Porter Jr., and safety Ji'Ayir "Tigg" Brown.