Though Penn State is off this weekend there are still questions surrounding the Nittany Lions as they head into the stretch run of the season.

Here is a look at the answers to some questions being asked about the Penn State football team during the bye week:

Where are things with the quarterback situation?

This week the first-team reps were once again split among Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden. This continues to be a bone of contention within the program, as many believe McGloin has earned the job outright.

How is the team health-wise?

Aside from the players who are out for the season, like Garry Gilliam (TE - knee), Pete Massaro (DE - knee), Michael Mauti (LB - knee) and Pat Zerbe (FB - knee), the team is "pretty good."

Brandon Beachum (RB), Curtis Drake (WR) and Stephon Morris (DB) were all been back in action in recent weeks and appear to be "set for the home stretch."

Among the other recent injuries:

Silas Redd (RB - shoulder): This week Redd said he feels good and healthy even with all the carries he has seen. "My body feels well rested."

Derek Moye (WR - foot): Obviously he played in the final moments against Illinois and looked good.So he will play vs. Nebraska next week but he will keep the lineman shoes on help give added support to his foot. "I feel fine, like I can do anything they need me to," Moye said.

Joey Suhey (FB - shoulder): Suhey has dressed the past two games, but did not play. Although Joe Paterno indicated this week he is still feeling lingering pain there have been reports that, like Moye, if the staff needed him he would have seen action vs. Illinois. Being Senior Day, many suspect Suhey will be ready for Nebraska.

How is the health of Joe Paterno?

He has "seemed good this week." However, he is still "struggling with some pain."

It is unclear if the off-week will give him adequate recovery time to get back on the sideline. However, he hasn't spent an entire game down on the field yet this season. Pay attention if he tries to stay on the sideline for the entire Nebraska game.

What has the bye week been like?

The coaches have shifted the schedule around, spending more time in the film room and less on the field earlier in the week. However, the staff "stacked the end of the week with work," with practices on Wednesday. Thursday and a rare Friday morning practice.

The practices were relatively light and focused on fundamentals and "issues they saw on the film."

The players will have the weekend off and many will head home before the final stretch.

What is the mood of the squad?

"Mixed," an observer said. "The squad is excited for this stretch. They are closing out with one of the toughest stretches in the nation and no one is paying attention. There's been a lot of talk on that. But you cannot ignore the frustration, though. These guys are pounded with coming out every day and competiting to earn your spot. Then they see what's going on (with the QB position)."

Overall, though the "bond between this group has been tight. And that stands above everything." The seniors are "starting to get emotional," with next week's game serving as Senior Day. "That's always an extra motivation, but it's early this year, s it's caught some guys off guard."

What is the reaction to the Jerry Sandusky situation?

The story broke after many players had headed home for the weekend, so it was not a big topic of conversation in the locker room Friday.

Expect the coaching staff — including Paterno — to direct all questions to Old Main.


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