SHORT REPORT: Weekend Work

Penn State has picked up the pace in preseason ball this year. Which players are handling it best? We give the lowdown in this report.

Saturday and Sunday marked Penn State's third and fourth practices of the preseason period. The pace of the drills continued to be "fast and hard" according to observers. "It's been rough for players to go at this pace, but it will make them better."

The staff moved the players inside for the first time of the preseason this weekend given the conditions and weather. Saturday was a morning session, but the players got to sleep in a bit on Sunday with a mid-morning brunch before they hit a later practice.

The pace has been " ahandful for some players." However, several Lions have been pointed to as handling what the coaches have thrown at them very well.

The names in this group include several expected players like Silas Redd, Michael Mauti, Devon Still, Derek Moye, Sean Stanley, John Urschel, Chaz Powell and D'Anton Lynn.

There are also some younger, less experienced players who are said to be showing good conditioning over the first four practices. Among these players include Mike Hull, Brandon Beachum, Glenn Carson, DaQuan Jones and Dakota Royer.

There have also been some true freshmen who have reportedly handled their initial practices with Penn State well enough to get some notice. Those rookies include Donovan Smith, Angelo Mangiro, Matt Zanellato and Bill Belton. A]"A few of the young guys have shown pretty good stamina," an observer said.

Needless to say all players are said to be feeling it from practices, but "it's how you handle it; that's what makes players get beyond their potential," as one observer put it.

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