Nittany Notes: Putting on the Pads

The Nittany Lions strapped on the pads for the first time this spring during Friday's practice. Get another exclusive look at what went down the latest edition of our often imitated (and sometimes pilfered) but never duplicated Nittany Notes.

Friday, for the first time during spring practice, Penn State put on the pads -- sort of -- and "initiated some limited big-time contact," an observer said.

Limited? Big Time? Well, the team only had its upper-body pads on, "so the coaches wouldn't let the guys go all out," we were told.

According to one observer, "There were some big-time hits out of the gate, but the coaches kept telling the guys to pull back since they were not fully suited. Luckily there were no apparent major injuries. Part of it was the coaches -- who really pushed the guys out of the gate -- but most of it was the players, who couldn't wait to get in some hits."

Here are some news and notes from the Friday session:

  • Practice got so intense at times that Joe Paterno "cut the Thud drills out because he said [the players] were just way too intense. He didn't want us killing each other without full pads on. 'That's for tomorrow,' he kept saying."

  • The secondary two deep is "starting to fill out, although we'll probably see some shifts." The current two-deep defensive backfield is:

    CB: A.J. Wallace, Devon Fentress
    SS: Anthony Scirrotto, Nick Sukay
    FS: Mark Rubin, Chaz Powell, Tyler Ahrenhold
    CB: Lydell Sargeant, Tony Davis

  • In terms of middle linebacker, Josh Hull continues to run first team, but Chris Colasanti "got some more first-team work in today." Incidentally, Sean Lee remains on the outside.

  • According to a few observers, quarterback Pat Devlin looked sharp in practice Friday with his first-team snaps. "Pat really looked on his game today -- he was really delivering the ball, stepping into passes and was real fluid with his footwork. He needs to push through his progression consistently, but I think he had a good day."

  • The offensive line continues to see a first-team unit of:

    LT: Gerald Cadogan
    LG: Rich Ohrnberger
    C: A.Q. Shipley
    RG: Mike Lucian
    RT: Dennis Landolt

    Stefen Wisniewski saw added first-team reps at the guard position with a focus on the right side today. "Stef brings a boost of intensity and pretty quick off the line," and observer said

  • Daryll Clark also saw first-team reps at QB. "He's really working his drop-backs and footwork. Sometimes he muscles his release too much, but he puts out some nice balls. He's got to work on his intermediate releases and getting comfortable when things break down."

  • Friday the wideouts DC continued to be:

    WR(Z): Deon Butler/Derek Moye
    WR(X): Derrick Williams/Graham Zug
    WR(R): Jordan Norwood/Brett Brackett

    Moye saw added first-team work in Friday's session. "They going to get him work to see how they can fit him into things."

  • Saturday's practice is scheduled to be a shorter session, about an hour and a half, so Friday was a bit longer. "The coaches really punched them in the mouth today -- worked them hard," one observer said. "They're talking about setting a tone. We'll see how it carries -- it seemed to work today." Saturday's entire practice session is scheduled to be opened to the media, so stay tuned to for complete, unmatched coverage.

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