Penn State Pressure Punting

See how Nittany Lion coach James Franklin challenges his punters in practice, with conditioning runs for the entire team hanging in the balance.

If you think kicking before 100,000 people in Beaver Stadium comes with an element of pressure, well, it is nothing compared to what Penn State's punters occasionally face in practice.

At the end of some sessions, Nittany Lions Chris Gulla and Dan Pasquariello are asked to boot the ball a certain distance and have it be caught between the numbers (on the field) and the sideline.

What's at stake?

For every punt that misses the target, the entire team must run a sprint.

As you might imagine, the Lions watching the action get a little amped up. To add to the drama, the onlookers have to stand “on the line,” or where the sprints start.

We had a chance to check out the drill at the end of Wednesday's practice. You can see the pressure punting -- and the PSU players running sprints afterward -- in the video below.

The cast of characters is as follows:

Gools: P Chris Gulla

DP: P Dan Pasquariello

Ham: PR DaeSean Hamilton

Bill: PR Bill Belton

Hey Gesicki: TE Mike Gesicki

Hit the enlarge icon in the lower right of the video frame to watch this in full-screen mode.


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