As one observer explained, "The coaches are looking to revamp some things to finish out the season strong. There's a lot on the line here."
Tyrell Sales: The redshirt freshman has started at middle linebacker in four contests this year, filling in for Dan Connor in the early games this season. He has aso seen action in all seven of Penn State's games in 2005.
There is some concern among observers with Sales' size at end. As one observer explained, "He's small, but has shown promise on pass-rushing situations thanks to his build."
Jim Shaw: Practice this week has also seen Shaw shift over from defensive tackle to defensive end, a "more natural position" for him. Shaw has shown good technique off the corner and "strength at pressuring the pocket."
This move provides added depth to the unit and "gives the players some experience and gives the coaches a chance to evaluate some younger talent at the position, which loses a lot after this season."
A.Q. Shipley: The former defensive linemen has seen time at both center and guard this season, seeing playing time in all seven games with the offensive line.
With Shaw shifting to end, this week the practices have seen Shipley shift back over to the defensive line at tackle. He has seen the bulk of his reps at second-team defensive tackle, a position that "suits him well."
Shipley's shift across the line of scrimmage would provide added depth to the tackle rotation which boasts Scott Paxson and Jay Alford.