Nittany Notes: Blast From the Past

It's been a rough week for the Penn State football players, as they've gotten back into their summer workouts with the start of the second summer session. Get another exclusive update from our recent reports, including player notes and which former Lions are lending a hand.

It's been a rough week for the Penn State football team. As one observer said, "Yeah, it all started on Tuesday with [strength coach John Thomas] coming down on the team for a few guys dogging the runs. From there J.T. threw down the hammer — he's been working the guys ragged — on runs and in the weight room."

  • Chicago Bears' lineman Anthony Adams is currently on campus working out and running with the players. As one observer said, "Spice is incredible — he gets the guys so fired up. They love being around him. The guy loves everything about this team. It's great to have him around."

  • Another Penn State legend who is working out with the team is Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs. "Tamba is all business with these guys. He is really working with the [defensive] linemen on their technique."

  • One player newcomer who continues to stand out is DB D'Anton Lynn, who has "had a solid first week" on campus. "He really seems to be in good shape — those runs don't seem to phase him at all," one observer said. He's also done well in the initial weight sessions.

  • TE Mark Wedderburn has impressed several observers with his sheer height. As one observer explained, "Wedderburn is so tall, once he puts on some weight he's [going] to be a beast."

  • OL Mike Farrell's size has been consistently mentioned. At 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, Farrell "needs some time in the weight room," to "fill out his frame," but he's shown good agility in runs and is "working on that endurance."

  • The "Three Mikes" — rookie LBs Mike Yancich, Michael Zordich and Mike Mauti — have been "thick as thieves" this week. "They really hit it off and are together a lot." Zordich weighed in at about 235 pounds, while Yancich and Mauti are at 225 pounds each. "I think it'll be hard to keep them off the field in the next few years," an observer opined. Yancich is still recovering from an elbow injury sustained before the Big 33 Classic and is not expected to see significant action until preseason drills in August. Fortunately, the Lions are not allowed to have contact in their informal off-season workouts, so Yancich won't get too far behind on anything.

  • DT James Terry has been "impressive" in the weight room with his lower body strength and "will focus on getting his upper strength on par." As one observer said, "He's got good size and has shown pretty good endurance on runs. J.T. will get him together."

  • The coaching staff got a jump on the holiday weekend, with permission to clear out of Lasch early Thursday afternoon. Larry Johnson is hosting a July 4 picnic at his house, which will feature "current and former players galore." As one observer said, "It is good, especially for the young players, to be able to enjoy a family atmosphere on the holiday."

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