Nittany Notes: Practice Update

With spring practice in gear as of Friday, the Nittany Lion squad is already in the full swing of drills. With two sessions already down and under their belts, get an update on the drills the team is focusing on and their schedule for the upcoming practice sessions.

Practice Approach

Friday Penn State kicked off spring practice with a session in shorts, helmets and no pads or shells. The practice featured "light" unit work with limited contact and some inter-unit "scrimmage type drills," which, for example, featured the various offensive line teams going against the defensive line teams.

Penn State's coaches are expected to take a similar approach to spring practice as they have in years past with the level intensity gradually increasing throughout the course of the practice sessions. "The guys start out easy and the speed intensity and contact get dialed up a notch or tow eash session," one practice observer explained.

Dan Connor (LB)

Early Drills

As of Saturday the Nittany Lions already had two practice sessions under their belts. The passing unit has worked their route running, timing and ability for the wideouts to "break off the line." The backfield players have also worked on eyeing lane developement with the offensive line's zone blocking.

The defensive front seven have worked on 1v1 drills which work their ability to read opposing assignment movements, agility drills, fundamental sets working hands, feet, stance and balance, among other elements of their game and more intense scrimmage sets which pit the lines on both sides of the ball against each other. The offensive line has also worked on zone blocking sets, which include pulls, shifts and roll drills.

Maurice Evans (DE)

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:

Friday: Shell Session (shorts, helmets, no pads)
Saturday: Shell Session (light work)
Monday: Pad Session (full pads)
Wednesday: Pad Session (full contact)
Friday: Shell Session

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