Nittany Notes: Personnel

The Nittany Lion coaching staff has been making some shifts in practice this week to address questions around the team. Who is replacing Derrick Williams? Is Jordan Norwood able to play? Where is Justin King playing? Find out what's happening in practice with the Lions.

Who's Replacing Williams?

With Derrick Williams being sidelined thanks to a broken arm he sustained in Ann Arbor, one question swirling around the Penn State offense asks who the likely candidate to replace him will be. Justin King looks to be that candidate and has seen his reps this week in Williams' position.

King saw his reps exclusively at wideout during Tuesday's practice. As one observer explained, "Losing Derrick is big, but it helps tremendously to have another wideout with game-breaking ability to step in like Justin."

Williams' injury has been reported as a simple fracture of the humerous bone, which is the upper arm along the bicep. He was in relatively good spirits after the game as the team endured a flight delay, and was even playing a gameboy with one hand during the layover.

What About Norwood?

Fans are also asking about freshman wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who sustained a foot injury in Ann Arbor, and who will step in for him. As of this stage, no one. Norwood is wearing a brace to stabilize his injured foot, which observers have described as a "minor hairline fracture." He is able to practice and run and "looks fine." Norwood did run light drills yesterday and was able to run and cut with no apparent issues.

What About the Rest of the WRs?

The receivers who are seeing first-team practice reps in the early goings of practice this week are:

Jordan Norwood
Justin King
Deon Butler
Terrell Golden
Ethan Kilmer

Who Replaces King on Defense?

With King shifting to wideout, Donnie Johnson has shifted to King's position at corner and has seen reps playing nickel back this week. Also, another true freshman, Devin Fentress, has moved up to second-team corner from the scout team to bolster depth of the unit.

Darien Hardy and Anthony Scirrotto are both seeing scout team and second team reps at safety.

How's the Team's Mentality?

Although Joe Paterno did not have the team practice on Monday due to the flight delay experienced in Ann Arbor, Tuesday's session was described as "intense," "energetic" and "high energy." However, the team does "look a bit tired."

As one observer said, "This team has heart and drive, but I am not going to lie, they have been through a rough stretch and a bye would help right about now."

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