SHORT REPORT: The Insiders

Two-thirds of the way through spring drills, the Nittany Lions have yet to practice outdoors.

It is said April showers bring May flowers. But for a Penn State football team aiming for a Rose Bowl bid in 2011, wet weather this month has proved to be a thorny situation.

Wednesday marks the Nittany Lions' 10th practice session of the spring, and all of them have been held indoors at Holuba Hall. The outdoor field next to Holuba is too soggy to practice on and the staff is reluctant to tear up the pristine turf at Beaver Stadium.

With more showers predicted for the rest of this week and into next, there is concern Penn State may not be able to hold an outdoor practice before the 15th and final session of the spring -- the April 16 Blue-White Game.

Holuba is fine for most work the Nittany Lions do.

But it is difficult to run full scrimmages in the building, which has side-by-side 50-yard fields as opposed to one long 100-yard field. Think of a basketball team attempting to scrimmage with one standard where it belongs and the other at midcourt.

That also makes it problematic to work on various special teams, including kickoffs (and coverage) and punts (and coverage). The punters routinely bang kicks off the roof in Holuba.

PSU was initially scheduled to have a full scrimmage last Saturday but the coaching staff delayed it until Monday, hoping the weather would clear up and the scrimmage could be held in Beaver Stadium. No dice. The Lions were forced to have it in Holuba.

Another scrimmage is tentatively slated for this coming Saturday. But with rain and/or snow in the forecast for every day but one between now and Monday, it remains to be seen if that will go off as planned.

The Blue-White Game is usually held closer to the end of April. But with Easter falling on April 24 this year, PSU was forced to hold its annual scrimmage in the middle of the month. And that caused spring practice to start about a week earlier than usual.


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