Nittany Notes: Group-Think

With spring practice kicking off Saturday, the Penn State players are putting the final touches on winter conditioning as they prepare to battle for their depth chart positions.

Previously, we have reviewed various spring preparation aspects, like Drill 6 and the one-on-one lineman drills used during the off-season. Throughout the winter and into the spring, the players are placed into conditioning groups.

These groups work out and run together and are based on the positions the players play. Each group participates in workouts and drills designed specifically for these units and the type of players within them.

The breakdown of the groupings is as follows:

Group A: WR, DB, RB
Group B: LB, FB, QB, DE, TE
Group C: OL, DL

If these groups look familiar to you, you may recognize them as the similar groupings used in the annual Lift For Life event. This approach allows each group to concentrate on specific exercises and measure their results against similar players. "You aren't comparing the results of wideouts to defensive tackles," an observer explained.

These groups can also provide hints as to where a player is expected to see reps during spring practice.

For instance, Spencer Ridenhour, who has played linebacker throughout the course of his Penn State career, is currently running with Group A, which indicates he has been moved to safety.


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