This week the Nittany Lions broke out their traditional colored jerseys representing the different teams:
First-Team Offense: powder blue
Second-Team Offense: green
First-Team Defense: navy blue
Second-Team Defense: red
Scout Team: white
Here are some notes from the session:
- Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin donned the first team jerseys and split first-team work.
- The quarterbacks got work under center and in the shotgun with the first-team. They each worked roll-outs, intermediate and deep patterns.
- McGloin "was sharp on his passing" in the practice and had "a good day hitting a variety of [wideouts]." As one explained, "He's running his progression more - seeing more targets and speading the ball around."
- Bolden "was aggressive" with his play and "was more comfortable with the deeper routes." Observers indicate that he's made a connection with Justin Brown and Derek Moye, understanding their tendencies.
- Their first team receivers were Derek Moye, Justin Brown and Devon Smith. Brown's "gotten more consistent this off-season, and it has shown with his receptions."
- The offensive line still has Chimaeze Okoli and John Urschel at right tackle and guard respectively. Urschel "seems to be holding onto that starting spot. He's practiced well and earned it." Matt Stankiewitch remained at starting center and "is getting more and more comfortable; every rep helps." The left side has Quinn Barham at left tackle with Khamrone Kolb getting some first-team work at left guard. Overall, "the line is starting to read each other and adjust better, although they have to keep communicating."
- Silas Redd is being held out of contact due to a recently sustained "leg injury," which is not thought to be serious. As such Brandon Beachum took the bulk of the first-team reps.
- The first team defensive line saw a rotation of Devon Still, Jordan Hill and James Terry with Jack Crawford, Eric Latimore and Sean Stanley at end. They a lot of rush work and this seems like the basic rotation Coach Johnson will use with DaQuan Jones as an addition. Stanley and Still in particular were pointed to as two who had "impressive performances" in the practice.
- The linebackers saw Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges on the outside with Khairi Fortt in the middle; Glenn Carson is being held out of contact with what is described as a "minor" knee injury. Observers do not believe it is serious.
The Nittany Lions are about 75 percent of the way complete with preseason practice. With six pratices left and 11 days until the season opener, some feel that the staff may not use up the total 29 allotted practices. "They've worked the guys consistently hard, so I would guess they'll start to pull back some and give them time to recover before the season," one observer predicted.