As one program observer said, "You've got a lot of guys who have put in a lot of extra time in the weight room these (past) few months and they are chomping at the bit to get back into pads and take some hits."
For the past several years the NCAA has closely managed the number of two-a-days programs can have and require teams to have a certain number of one-a-day sessions prior.
The schedule this coming week will see practice sessions everyday with one-a-day sessions Monday through Friday and two-a-day session starting the following Saturday.
Here are some quick notes from the program as the players close out the off-season in order to kick off preseason drills:
Lee is at 235 pounds heading into drills and described as a "mountain of a man." As another observer explained, "He's made it a point to take Chris Colasanti and Nathan Stupar under his wings. He's been reviewing the basics — stance, positioning, roles — with them. Sean's been high on the young [linebackers]."
"He's pushing his unit hard — he tends to say they have a lot to prove and says he wants them to push themselves as much as he pushes himself," one observer shared. He's also had the unit in watching film to "understand each of their roles on different calls. [Coming off of spring practice] the unit knows they have to work on pulls and rolls and getting to their matchup and then holding that block. He's been stressing this with these (sessions)."
"Sukay is in good shape. He's physical and has pushed himself [this off-season]," one observer explained. "He was still getting the playbook down in the spring and was lost at times, so [the staff] will be watching him closely this [preseason]."
Stay tuned to FightOnState.com for continuing Penn State football news heading into preseason practice.