SHORT REPORT: Tuesday Prep

The Penn State football squad continues to prepare for its road showdown with Alabama. Get some news and notes from Tuesday's practice.

The coaching staff opened up Alabama week with an "intense practice" on Monday, which was focused on working in some new scheme elements, but also "getting (the team) ready for the (Alabama) heat," something the coaches have done all preseason. However, Tuesday was "dialed back a bit," with the players in tops, helmets and shorts.

"[The staff] came out hard pushing the guys on Monday, but will pull back the rest of the week in order to get everyone rested (for Saturday)," one observer explained.

In terms of the of Alabama game, "everyone is fired up, Joe [Paterno] is telling the guys to ignore the history talk and make some history of their own."

And how is QB Rob Bolden handling the hype? "He seems pretty relaxed," one observer said. "This is why guys come here to play — to play on the big stage. He's such a confident guy. Humble, but a believer in himself."

As for preparing for the heat in Alabama, Penn State caught a bit of a break because August in Happy Valley seemed to be more hot and humid than usual. Then on Monday and Tuesday, temperatures were in the 80s for practice.

The training staff has been focused on keeping players hydrated at all times. And that will obviously carry over into Saturday night's game.

This week the staff also has the Lions working with simulated crowd noise which "is forcing Bolden to get loud." As another observer said, "He soft-spoken. Guys were telling him to speak up in the huddle (last week), he has no choice this week."

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