The action was fast and furious near the end of Penn State’s morning practice Wednesday. Starters and reserves stepped up to make things happen.
Highlights included freshman WR Brandon Polk housing a sweep, WR Saeed Blacknall catching a sideline pass and breaking it long, and S Malik Golden snaring a deflected pass and turning it into a pick six.
The most impressive play, though, only covered a few yards.
While working the two-minute drill, QB Christian Hackenberg dropped back to pass. Seeing Marcus Allen blitzing from the left, Hackenberg quickly lofted a pass over the leaping safety.
The toss appeared to be just out of the reach of 6-foot-6 TE Mike Gesicki. But Gesicki streeettttccched out his right hand, tipped the ball to himself, and cradled it while getting three steps down before going out of bounds.
So what’s the big deal about that sort of play?
Well, remember, last year Hackenberg was sacked a school-record 44 times. And getting the ball out smoothly while under pressure was an issue at times. That was not the case Wednesday, even against the Lions’ highly touted first-team defense and with the big, athletic Allen closing fast.
It was also nice to see Gesicki continue to develop. The sophomore had an outstanding spring, and by all accounts has been even better in preseason camp.
You can check out Gesicki’s sick catch, the other big plays mentioned and even more action in the video above.
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