Penn State Practice: Offensive Line Work

Check out Nittany Lion OL coach Herb Hand and his crew during spring drills.


The 2014 season was a rebuilding year for Penn State's offensive line, as only one returnee had starting experience when the campaign began. The men in the trenches were also working with a new position coach in Herb Hand.

So there was an understandable learning curve.

If the open portion of Monday's practice was any indication, that learning curve has been eliminated this spring. Hand's unit now features six linemen with significant starting experience, and it sure looks like he expects them to get things down quickly.

“Do right, do it light,” Hand said while running a zone blocking drill during PSU's third practice of the spring. “Do wrong, do it long. That's the rule.”

When one lineman made a mistake, Hand had the entire group re-do that portion of the drill.

“One fail, all fail,” he barked.

He was also on his crew to be more physical, even though it was the first day in full pads and they were only working against one another (as opposed to the defensive line).

“Come off and strike!” he yelled at one point.

You can check out a few minutes of Hand and the O-line in action in the video above.


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