Nittany Notes: Pressing Questions

Penn State heads into its third game this week against the Bulls of Buffalo. Get an update on how the Nittany Lions have been practicing this week as they try to up their 2007 record to 3-0.

With Penn State prepping for its third game of the season, fans have been asking about the status and progress of variety of players. Here are some answers to pressing questions out of practice this week.

What is going on with freshman lineman Stefen Wisniewski?

Wisniewski has seen second-team center reps for the past few weeks behind A.Q. Shipley. This week he has continued to focus on seeing reps with the second team. Observers have indicated they feel he is likely to redshirt, but have also said that this depends on the health of the offensive line.

How is Gerald Cadogan handling his injury?

As we reported earlier this week Cadogan broke his hand in the ND game. He has been playing with the first team all week at left tackle with a cast. He seems to be adjusting well with it, although, "he's learning to extend his hand out wider to compensate for the lack of mobility with his fingers." Cadogan is expected to start.

How is John Shaw after his Notre Dame injury?

Shaw sustained a knee injury against the Irish and was eventually pulled from the game. Although Paterno indicated the team needed Shaw to play against Buffalo, that may not be the case. Mike Lucian, who filled in for Shaw against ND, has seen a solid amount of first team reps this week at right guard. "I get the feeling they are working on getting Mike ready for this one," one observer said. Observers feel Shaw will see some action, but his playing time could be limited in order to help him rest for Big Ten play.

Is Lou Eliades practicing?

Yes. We reported that he was back practicing in our Wednesday report. He continues to see second team reps, primarily backing up Rich Orhnberger at the left guard position, with some right guard work. He is said to be fine from the concussion he sustained in the season opener against Florida International.

What does the defensive front four look like?

The starting front four has seen:

DE: Josh Gaines
DT: Jared Odrick
NT: Ollie Ogbu
DE: Maurice Evans

However, "they rotate the front seven like crazy," one observer said. Jerome Hayes and Aaron Maybin have also seen a "ton" of reps with the first unit, both at defensive end. "[The coaches] like working those speed packages in to really collapse the pocket," another observer explained.

Chris Baker has also seen a lot of first team time at tackle on the line. Observers also feel this is the week fans could see Tom McEowen back seeing playing time, keep an eye out.

How are the linebackers looking?

The first team 'backers in the blue jerseys this week continue to be Sean Lee and Tyrell Sales on the outside and Dan Connor in the middle. However, "Vanderlinden has gotten some other guys some work this week with the first unit," according to one observer.

Navorro Bowman has seen a lot of first team work this week on the wing, and Josh Hull has also seen time with the first team. Observers rave about Hull, a walk-on who has made an impact on special teams early on this season and has three tackles. Some feel he has the potential to earn a scholarship eventually.

Where is practicing?

Green is currently seeing running back reps with the Scout team. He is "fast as hell," but has to work to do "improving his attitude." The first team running backs continue to be Austin Scott and Rodney Kinlaw, splitting reps, with Evan Royster playing in the second team's backfield.

How is Lydell Sargeant doing at CB?

Sargeant is "off and on. He'll make a big play and then get burned." He got beat deep by a Scout team wideout "by a good three yards" in practice earlier this week. Sargeant continues to see first team reps with A.J. Wallace, both of whom wear the first team navy blue jersey. "He just gets pulled off. He has the speed and is built to play the position, but needs to get smart in using his hands and body to read the receiver. He'll panic and turn his head to find the assignment and get spun around and out of position."

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On a side note, Graham Spanier was spotted at practice yesterday talking with Joe Paterno. Stay tuned.


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