This week's practices were "energetic and intense." As we explained earlier in the week, lineup shifted a bit from the normal practice schedule. Normally the Lions run:
This week the practice set has changed to:
"The players have had two weeks to stew on this game. There was a lot of punishing hits in practice - so much so the staff were worried about injuries, but luckily the squad came out of some practice battles unscathed," one observer shared.
Paul Posluszny had the defense fired up in practice "getting in some faces and preaching that respect is earned in East Lansing." He, Hali and Zemaitis were "all over the guys to close out strong."
Reports were consistent that the practices went well and the units on both sides of the ball "looked crisp." All except for Wednesday that is, when "a couple of dropped passes set Joe [Paterno] off and into a rant." He has been described as "fired up," "excited," and "intense" all week leading to this season finale.
He hasn't been alone. Tom Bradley has also been "in a lot of faces this week on maintaining the intensity and drive on blitzes and coverages." All around the sentiment has been that the bye week has provided a boost in energy and health to the team.
As one observer said, "The off week did a lot of good. Not in terms of improving plays or assignments, but just in giving the guys back their legs."
Greg Harrison: Harrison got the screw out of his foot yesterday and is preparing with his physical theropy to start getting back into action. He will start practicing with the team once bowl prep begins later this month. He is off the crutches and "looks great." His participation in the bowl depends on his progress between now and the bowl game.
Ross Muir: The walk-on defensive end is off the crutches and "back to 100%" recovered from his knee injury. He has been drilling and is working on trying to earn a scholarship next season.