It's been a rough few days for the Nittany Lions with "the hammer coming down on the squad" due to the alcohol-related citations Andrew Quarless and Willie Harriott received late last week. As one observer shared, "[Joe] Paterno was [very upset] with these guys, but the entire team is feeling it."
In a story we broke on our TAP Forum early Tuesday, both Quarless and Harriott are back practicing with the team after having their lockers cleaned out late last week. The squad voted to allow them back on the team. As one observer said, "They made a mistake, but they are forgiven by their teammates."
Another observer explained, "Despite this, their punishment has yet to be determined. Although it is suspected that it will entail missing playing time early this season, the duration is unknown."
Knock Out Punch
Friday was a "knock out" session, where the team ran a lot and received "minimal breaks." A few observers said it was a session that illustrated who has impressive endurance. Among the guys who looked good were:
The team was scheduled to scrimmage Tuesday, but the session is being rescheduled due to inclement weather in State College and will likely take place Wednesday. Scrimmages are not always delayed due to bad weather. But in this instance, the coaches want to hold the scrimmage in Beaver Stadium, and they don't want to tear up a muddy field this close to the start of the regular season.
As of now Wednesday is scheduled to be a two-a-day session, with the scrimmage serving as the second session of the day. Thursday is a one-a-day. However, whether Friday is a one- or two-a-day practice is up in the air.
The eleection of Dan Connor, Terrell Golden and Anthony Morelli as captains was "a formality." As one observer said, "These guys have been great out of the gate. They demand attention and are embracing the job. They seem to have the respect of the squad top to bottom."
Snap to It
Some FOS members have asked about the kicking situation. Currently there are two units getting work on field goals. The first team is Pat Weber (snapper), Jeremy Boone (holder) and Kevin Kelly (kicker).