Nittany Notes: Day One Report and Schedule

With spring practice kicking off Saturday, the Nittany Lion squad is already in the full swing of drills. Get an update on today's session and the drills the team focused on and the schedule for the upcoming practice sessions.

Today Penn State kicked off spring practice with a session in shorts, helmets and no pads or shells. The practice featured "light drills" as one observer described, many of which were one-on-one sets with a lot of time focused on fundamentals and the read-react skills of the players.

As was the case last spring practice in 2005, the "staff is expected to build up the intensity of the practices throughout the course of the 15 practice sessions," one observer described. "They will start out light and they will build up the intensity and difficulty of each practice."

One-On-One Drills

"The defensive front seven worked on one-on-one drills that tested their ability to read the movement of an opposing assignment," a practice observer explained.

In this drill the offensive lineman assignment drops down into his stance and will either shift to block their zone left or right, simulating a run play, pull left or right or drop to pass block. The defensive player has to anticipate and react to what his assignment is doing and counter his motion. The defensive coaches watched these drills intently to review the technique of each player veying for the front seven positions.

On the offensive side of the ball the passing unit worked on route running and timing drills. "It is a standard spread set where the QB snaps the ball and the wideouts run their set routes. It works timing on passes and gives the coaches a chance to review if the receivers are hitting the post correctly or breaking at the right points," as one observer shared. The runningbacks also worked on anticipating lane shifts with the offensive line's zone blocking.

Practice Schedule

This weeks practice schedule will feature a variety of sessions, including shell drills, full pad sessions and a scrimmage. This week's practice schedule is as follows:

Saturday: Shell Session (shorts, helmets, no pads)
Sunday: Shell Session
Monday: Pad Session (full pads)
Wednesday: Scrimmage (7-on-7, full pads)
Friday: Shell Session

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