Nittany Notes: Scrimmage

With over a quarter of spring practice already complete, the Nittany Lions were back out on the practice field Wednesday. Get an update on what the coaches had them running, who the big playmakers were and who was sidelined with an injury.

Scrimmage

The coaches decided not to have a full scrimamge in lieu of running scrimmage assignment drills, which essentially are offense on defense drills run in 7-on-7 scrimmage fashion. The players were in pads and ran the plays at full speed with contact.

The amount of scrimmage drills the team ran was "nothing extensive" in amount, according to a source, and was used to "get the intensity up a bit and get the guys working more at full speed with contact." The first and second teams ran against each other with a variety of players splitting reps between the two units.

Big Plays

These drills saw some big playmakers at times. Among the bigger plays in the scrimmage drills were:

Tight end Kevin Darling broke into the flat on a post pattern and made an "impressive" 30-yard catch in traffic.

Safety Darien Hardy made a "beautiful" interception "on a great read." Hardy has seen his reps with the second and third teams primarily, but made the most of his limited first-team reps with this interception.

Jordan Norwood "just missed a sure touchdown" from Anthony Morelli, which was the same out route he caught in the fourth quarter of the Orange Bowl that set up a field-goal chance against FSU.

Knowledge Timmons has stepped into the starting corner spot for Tony Davis (see the Davis injury note below) and had a "nice" interception where "he just went up and pulled it away." Observers say Timmons "is making the most of the first-team opportunity so far."

Morelli is comfortable and "throws with ease." He "takes command of the offense" and "is much more talkative on the field." He still has situations were he wants to rifle the ball in, but he "shows greater patience and runs through his progression more consistently."

Notes

  • Lydell Sargeant has spent his time exclusively at cornerback so far in practice. He has not see reps at the running back position.

  • Tony Davis, who has "played outstanding" at corner, dislocated a finger when it collided with a helmet in assigment drills. The injury resulted the bone puncturing the skin and is expected to keep him sidelined "for at least the next couple practices" as his hand remains bandaged.

  • Derrick Williams ran "crisp routes" and made some "nice pull-ins." Observers debate over whether he or Deon Butler is Morelli's favorite target. "Derrick comes to the ball consistently and is getting better looking the ball into his hands."

  • Dennis Landolt is up to 291 pounds and is impressing observers up and down. "He doesn't quit — you gotta love his motor. He gives everything he has like Spice [Anthony Adams]."

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