Head Coach Joe Paterno met with the media for about 15 minutes this morning to kick off the start of spring practice. Paterno addressed a variety of topics, including Paul Posluszny's participation, the status of Daryll Clark, the health of the team and more. Get some kickoff notes here.
Among the notes from today's spring practice kickoff are:
Paterno said he does not anticipate any major position shifts with players heading into the spring drills.
The team is in "good shape" health-wise with no major injuries. As Paterno said the squad experienced a "real calm" off-season.
Class of 2006 member Phillip Taylor was present to observe the first day of spring practice drills.
Paul Posluszny was dressed at the start of practice and was warming up, but Paterno maintains that he will be held out of spring drills as to not risk futher injury to his knee, which was injured in the Orange Bowl. He is wearing a knee brace, but is not wearing the red cross jersey.
Quarterback Daryll Clark will not be participating in spring practice drills due to an unresolved NCAA Clearinghouse issue.
Brent Wise is participating in drills, but is wearing the red cross jersey and will likely see non-contact drills early on.
Coach Brian Norwood attended his son's (Gabe Noorwood) NCAA tournament game last night, but made it back to State College for the start of practice.
The media got to watch about 10 minutes of drills before a fired up Paterno kicked them out so they could "get down to business."
Stay tuned to Fight On State for more coverage of spring practice.