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Counting Down the Lions: #27

Submitted by on August 20, 20093 Comments

In joining Charlie’s Top PSU moments, we’ve added another daily countdown feature here at quebecpenspinning. We’ll be measuring up the 50 most important players to Penn State’s success in the 2009 season. You may have noticed that we’ve slacked off a little lately, but expect a few daily doses of Counting Down the Lions until we’re all caught up.

Checking in at #27 is someone Nittany Lion fans would love to see on the field in 2009.  Just not too much.  It’s Daryll Clark’s safety net Kevin Newsome.

Number: 12
Position: Quarterback
Class: True Freshman
Height: 6′2
Weight: 220
Hometown: Portsmouth, VA
How’d He Get Here: Kevin Newsome was Penn State’s most important commitment for the recruiting class of 2009, especially following the transfer of Pat Devlin.  While his recruitment was a long and difficult one for the Lions, it was one that ended up in obvious success for Penn State.  An exceptional athlete who also starred on his high school’s track team and was timed as running a 4.5-second 40 yard dash, Newsome enjoyed great success at football, even after transferring from his smaller local high school to Virginia powerhouse Hargrave Military Academy, whom he led to a 10-1 season, the only loss coming against the University of Tennessee’s JV squad.  As a postgraduate team, Hargrave played most of its games against the JV teams of D-1 schools, including Marshall and ECU.  Rated as a 4-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals, and as a top-10 QB on both, Newsome made his original commitment to Michigan.  However, after it was clear to Newsome that Michigan would continue to recruit quarterbacks–despite a promise from Rich Rodriguez–he opened up his recruitiment to three schools, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Penn State, choosing the Lions in the end, and filling a major need in 2009′s recruiting class.2008 Results: Due to the fact that he would serve as the primary backup quarterback in 2009, Newsome enrolled early at Penn State, and composed himself exceptionally well for such an inexperienced player in the Blue/White Game.  He ran just twice, for 7 yards, but threw the ball well, completing 9 of 13 passes for 71 yards.
What to Expect in 2009: Unlike in 2008, Penn State comes into the season with a clear and defined starter, and no matter how well Newsome plays in limited duty, he’s not going to usurp the reigning Big Ten offensive player of the year.  However, Penn State should employ Newsome with an eye towards 2010.  Playing against Alabama in what should be only his second career start, it would behoove Joe Paterno to give Newsome as many snaps as possible in 2009.  Pat Devlin saw plenty of playing time last year in mop up duty, and Kevin Newsome should expect the same treatment, though its more important, for the long-term success of the Nittany Lions, to play Newsome as much as possible after the outcomes of games are no longer in doubt.
The Final Word: I don’t want to start up the Pat Devlin debate that seems to never go away, but if it was his transfer to Delaware that brought Kevin Newsome along, then at the very least a silver lining has emerged.  Newsome seems to be a quarterback more in the Michael Robinson mold than Daryll Clark, a runner who can throw more than a passer who can run, but we’ve seen each type of quarterback have success recently.  As Jay Paterno continues to expand and develop the Spread HD, it should be increasingly tailored to Newsome’s strengths, and given the recruiting successes over the past few seasons, especially at the skill positions, Newsome will likely lead the Lions to continued success.  He’s a smart kid, who posted a GPA that would make honor students blush in high school, and he’s got some moxie.  I can’t wait to see him on the field in 2009, and I think it would be a good idea to use Newsome’s speed to Penn State’s advantage.  Why not throw him in as the Wild Lion QB instead of a Chaz Powell or Stephfon Green?

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  • Vickerman

    I really hope we take care of business in all the favoured games atleast and get Newsome some good mop-up duty. This is going to be KEY for next season (even this one actually)!

    Just a random thought, how would the nittany planet react in 2010 when we've got Newsome, PJ, Bolden in the ranks, and Little Red (Mcgloin) is named starter? :-)

  • http://quebecpenspinning.com Charlie

    I agree with Vickerman. Newsome must get a bit of playing experience this season and hopefully games will be blowouts by the third for him to do so.

    But its a really weird feeling to have Newsome/PJ/Bolden/McGloin in 2010 in the ranks. For once, Penn State will be starting an entirely new corp of quarterbacks who are dual threats and we have at least 3 years with each one. Really exciting to think about considering Penn State's development with dual threat QBs (2005, 2008). Finally we're moving away from the drop back cannon-arm / cannon-ball brain QB that has been limiting us.

  • http://quebecpenspinning.com Charlie

    I agree with Vickerman. Newsome must get a bit of playing experience this season and hopefully games will be blowouts by the third for him to do so.

    But its a really weird feeling to have Newsome/PJ/Bolden/McGloin in 2010 in the ranks. For once, Penn State will be starting an entirely new corp of quarterbacks who are dual threats and we have at least 3 years with each one. Really exciting to think about considering Penn State's development with dual threat QBs (2005, 2008). Finally we're moving away from the drop back cannon-arm / cannon-ball brain QB that has been limiting us.