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Don't count out Devlin

February 19, 2008 - Neil Rudel

While the world waits for Terrelle Pryor's decision -- and the longer it goes, the better chance Penn State has -- I have one question:

What about Pat Devlin?

Of Penn State's returnees at quarterback, Devlin is considered the better passer than Daryll Clark, who showed an impressive running presence against Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl.

What if Pryor picks the Lions over Ohio State, Michigan and Oregon?

Does he play as a true freshman? Is he even listed in the media guide, something Penn State has not done for true freshmen, at least until this point?

Does Devlin stay?

You can be sure the staff is pumping Pryor up and telling him the system can accommodate two quarterbacks. Maybe it can.

At the same time, Pryor has been a star at the Class AA level. Devlin was the Pennsylvania player of the year at the Quad-A level. There's a difference.

Pryor may have so much athletic ability and QB smarts that he'll be able to compensate for having played a lesser high school schedule, but don't count out Devlin.

It's difficult to imagine Joe Paterno turning over the keys to his empire to a true freshman quarterback -- no matter who he is.

Especially in a year when he returns nine defensive starters.



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