The latest updates on Penn State's spring practice sessions. Get the lowdown on what's going down with the Nittany Lions under new coach Bill O'Brien.

Penn State moved inside for practice for the first time this spring Wednesday. With a wintery mix of snow and rain falling, Bill O'Brien opted to hold his eighth session indoors.

"It's a disappointment, because the staff wants to be outdoors as much as possible (with) all things being equal," one observer said.

"I don't think (he coaches) are all that fond of the (Holuba Hall) surface," another shared.

Here are some notes from the practice:

• Once again Rob Bolden, Paul Jones and Matt McGloin all had the opportunity to get under center with the first team. They all saw fundamental reps and some scrimmage situations. We'll have a more detailed review of the QBs' progress in the near future.

• The first-team interior offensive line seems to be settling in with:

RG: John Urschel
C: Matt Stankiewich
LG: Miles Dieffenbach

Meanwhile, Mike Farrell and Adam Gress have been seeing many of the reps at right and left tackle, respectively, in recent practices. The staff is also still looking at other tackles in Donovan Smith, Luke Graham and Nate Cadogan.

• The defensive line continues to look solid the following player looking the best at their spots:

DE: Sean Stanley
DT: Jordan Hill
DT: DaQuan Jones
DE: Pete Massaro/Deion Barnes

• Barnes continues to impress with one observer saying, "He's relentless and really looks fluid at times in his pursuit."

• Hill and Jones are also shaping up to be "a tough duo" on the interior. "They have to keep working at nailing down each other's tendencies, but they've put together some nice surges," an observer said. Jones appears to have moved well past veteran James Terry.

• The most recent starting secondary has been:

C: Stephon Morris
SS: Stephen Obeng-Agyapong
FS: Malcolm Willis
C: Curtis Drake

Though he missed a couple of practices with an unspecified injury, Drake continues to impress after making the move from wideout.

• The running game has been a bright spot. Obviously, Silas Redd continues to be the primary back and "has been so focused. He's running hard and hasn't let up. He's also improving with his blocks and receiving." However, the depth of the unit is taking shape, with big Zach Zwinak proving to be a solid change-of-pace guy. He is a power runner who loves contact.

• The next two practices are Friday and Saturday. Recruits will be on hand for both sessions. The team is expected to move back outside Friday as the weather should be much better.

• Also Friday, there will be some unique media opportunities. Early in the afternoon, at least half a dozen players will be available to the media on the outdoor practice field next to Lasch Building.

• O'Brien will meet the press out on the practice field once the players wrap.

• Later in the afternoon, the media will have access to at least 30 minutes of practice. This will be the third open practice of the spring, the most (not counting the Blue-White Game) the media has had in at least 25 years.


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