With a third of Penn State spring practices in the books, here are the latest observations notes.

Penn State is now a third of the way through spring drills and the PSU staff opened up a segment of Wednesday's practice to the media. Here are observations from the session:

• The first-team defensive ends were a rotation between Deion Barnes, Pete Massaro and Sean Stanley who were rotating through the sets.

Jordan Hill and DaQuan Jones were seeing the bulk if first-team defensive tackles.

• Bill O'Brien was emphasizing to do everything fast. As they were going through the team stretch he cried out, "I don't care if you make a mistake so long as you do it fast."

• DB Adrian Amos was out of action with what I'm told is a minor injury. Don't think it is anything serious. And I did not see Derrick Thomas there. Not sure what is up with that. As we noted earlier, Drake was out with what appeared to be a minor injury.

• That left the starting secondary as Stephon Morris and Jesse Della Valle at corner, with Malcolm Willis and Jacob Fagnano at safety. The second-team corners were Patrick Flanagan and Devin Pryor. Stephen Obeng-Agyapong was second-team safety. Tim Buckley was the other second-team safety. Willis had a nice pass breakup on Gilliam while we were there.

Michael Mauti was dressed — he was actually in pads — but didn't appear to be doing anything very physical while we were there. With Khairi Fortt out, the starting LBs were Glenn Carson inside, and Gerald Hodges and Jamie Van Fleet outside. Second team backers were Mike Yancich at the Mike, with Mike Hull and Ben Kline on the outside.

• No changes on the O-line two-deep that I could see. First-team is still, from left to right tackle, Mike Farrell, Miles Dieffenbach, Matt Stankiewich, John Urschel, Adam Gress. Second-team Donovan Smith, Eric Shrive, Ty Howle, Angelo Mangiro, Nate Cadogan. Cadogan looks a lot bigger. We didn't see enough live action to get a feel for how any of the linemen are doing. They really do have a lot of O-linemen. When you see them all together working in the same area it is like they have their own little team.

• From what little of the offense we saw, they were working no-huddle. Worked some empty backfield, too, with Belton split out. Again, we did not see enough action to gauge how good anyone is. Looked like Matt McGloin and Paul Jones with first-team and Rob Bolden with second-team while we were there.

• O'Brien's youngest son was out on the field with him during stretch. it was pretty cool. He had a Penn State basketball in his hand. is your source for the BEST content and community covering Penn State football. Get a rundown of our complete spring practice coverage here.


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