Penn State coach joe Paterno jokes with quarterback Daryll Clark during streching at practice on media day Friday.Fred Adams/the times leader
Four days wasn’t enough to give Joe Paterno any clarity on his quarterback situation.
Four games might not do the trick, either.
Certainly nothing is going to be decided any time soon in the battle between and Daryll Clark and Pat Devlin. And the guy who gets the start in the season opener against Coastal Carolina on Aug. 30 isn’t necessarily the guy who will get the start against Oregon State a week later.
Or on the next drive.
“Don’t know. I really don’t know,” Paterno said about making a decision before the season starts. “I think we’re just going to see what happens. It may not happen. May not happen until three, four games.
“But right now I just stick to – we’re trying to give each kid a shot, all three (including senior Paul Cianciolo). You guys keep talking two. … All three quarterbacks alternate with the (first team) and the (second team), because I really want to give them all a shot at it.”
As the weeks roll along, it seems more and more likely that both Clark and Devlin will see significant snaps in the opener, and then the Nittany Lions will go from there.
Despite the chances that two quarterbacks will be utilized in some fashion early in the season, Paterno did say he would prefer to go with just one.
Through the first week of preseason practice, Devlin said the first-team reps have been “absolutely equal.”
In the brief portion of practice that was open to the media on Friday, the offense had a little fun knowing there was an audience.
The final snap of a short group of drills featured Cianciolo under center, with Clark and Devlin joining him in the same backfield as split backs.
Jokes aside, Paterno dismissed the notion that Devlin would have to show more to beat out the older Clark.
“We’re going to try to put the right guy in the right place at the right time doing the right thing,” Paterno said. “OK? Devlin may be the guy. I have no way of knowing right now. We’ve had four days of practice. I was worried about whether I could run around the field for four straight days.
“I wasn’t worried about whether Clark or Devlin (will start), I was just was worried they both got off enough shots.”
Paterno said he didn’t watch the ESPN “Outside the Lines” show that focused on Penn State’s off-field issues. He did, however, acknowledge it by saying that mistakes have been made but that ESPN “didn’t really try to get both sides.”
“I have not seen it. I didn’t want to look at it,” he said. “I don’t know what to say about that. Obviously, we made some mistakes. You know, maybe I’ve I overreacted in the sense that I think they exploited a couple things. … What’s done is done. What happened with ESPN and that particular show, whether I handled a couple kids right or wrong, it’s done. I can’t do anything about it.
“Hopefully I learned from what I had something to do with, but we’ll see. Hopefully we’ll be better.”
A number of players have been moved around for the start of camp, though how many of the changes are permanent is unknown.
The list includes:
• Redshirt freshman Andrew Dailey from linebacker to running back.
• Junior Devin Fentress, a former cornerback, was practicing with the receivers in the spring and is still there now.
• Redshirt freshman Chaz Powell, a highly regarded safety recruit, is also currently with the wideouts.
• Sophomore Cedric Jeffries is listed at his spring position of linebacker but has moved back to his original spot at safety.
• True freshman Michael Zordich, who excelled on both sides of the ball in high school, will start his career at fullback and not at linebacker as expected.
• His classmate James Terry is with the offensive linemen instead of at defensive tackle.