NITTANY NOTES: Temple Prep

Catch up with news and notes from practice as the Lions prepare for their home game against Temple. What did the players work on Monday? And which personalities were missing from practice? Get the inside scoop here in our exclusive Nittany Notes.

After passing its first road test at Syracuse Saturday, Penn State now sets its site on Temple. Get an update on Monday's practice session right here:

Drill Bits

The Nittany Lions got in some fundamental work and film sessions in on Monday. "[The coaches] took it a bit easy on [the players], but got some technique and positional drills in," an observer said."

In terms of the quarterback situation, "Both Daryll [Clark] and Pat [Devlin] have stepped up," an observer explained. "But there hasn't been anything that has really happened to indicate [the coaches] made a bad choice [with Clark]."

"Clark's played very well," another observer said. "I think Devlin deserves a lot of credit, though — he's continued to be a team player and steps in and shows his stuff. I think some folks overlook that you need two great quarterbacks, and [Penn State] has that."

Suspension Update

For those keeping track, neither of the suspended defensive linemen, Abe Koroma nor Maurice Evans, saw practice reps during Monday's session.

"I don't think they will be back this week," an observer explained. "It's up to Joe [Paterno], but I don't think they'll get in on any action this week. Maybe next [week]."

Injury News

Mike Lucian, who saw some defensive tackle work against Syracuse, sat out from Monday's practice, recovering from an ankle injury he sustained against the Orange. "They are taking it easy on him — I'd bet they have him go easy all week to let him recover," according to one observer.

Backup receiver Devin Fentress also missed drills on Monday. "He had some reaction or something to some medication he's taking, but he should be fine," an observer said. "It effected his breathing."

Head Man Out

Another noticeable absentee from the Monday practice was Joe Paterno, who "has some soreness from [Saturday's game]" and was recovering. Prior to his Tuesday press conference, Paterno told reporters one of his legs was sore after standing on the hard surface of the Carrier Dome for so long Saturday.

Special Guests

Penn State played host to some special guests during Monday's practice, as several NFL scouts were on hand to see the players in action. Among the teams that had personnel there were the Titans, Eagles and Cardinals.

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