NITTANY NOTES: Back to Business

No. 3 Penn State may be in the middle of a bye week. But it is anything but a vacation for Joe Paterno's squad.

Although Penn State is on a bye this week, the Nittany Lion players and coaches are not sitting back and taking it easy.

Back In Action

"They took it easy on Sunday and Monday," one observer explained. "Tuesday was some light shell work, one-on-one work, passing drills and fundamentals. Yesterday the guys were back in full pads, full contact."

"Joe [Paterno] talked about putting the [Ohio State] win behind them in the post-game locker room [at Ohio State] and they seemed to have done that. You'd expect [the players] to maybe pull back a bit, but that wasn't the case. It was pretty spirited and intense. Great to see it."

The team also ran some 7-on-9 drills to get in some tough contact and "help work the running game some."

Bye Week Shifts

"The schedule has been lighter, with Monday off, but the practices have been just as intense — no one is really holding back," an observer explained. "They have a lot more film sessions on Iowa and themselves this week. I know everyone is looking forward to having this weekend off, so most guys will go home for that."

Injury Front

In terms of injuries, as we broke earlier this week, Drew Astorino broke his left thumb against the Buckeyes. But the safety has a hard cast on and has seen practice reps this week.

Quarterback Daryll Clark sustained a concussion in the OSU game and was sidelined late in the contest. The staff has been "keeping a close eye" on him. On Tuesday he was practicing in the red cross jersey and was seeing "light" work.

On Wednesday Clark was back in the first-team powder blue jersey. "He definitely had ups and downs," an observer said. "He looked sharp in the 1v1 drills and then had some issues with his timing in the later sets."

In terms of other injuries, Stefen Wisniewski is still seeing reps with the knee brace, but is said to be fine. Mickey Shuler and Andrew Quarless both seem to be running fine and recovered from their ankle injuries sustained a few weeks ago.

Devon Still is still sidelined and has not see any practice reps through this week so far.

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