Part of Penn State's Saturday afternoon workout was open to the media. See what we saw in the limited window as the Nittany Lions continued to prepare for USC in the Rose Bowl. UPDATED.
CARSON, Calif. — Penn State opened the start of its Saturday afternoon practice to the media. Here are some quick hitters of what we saw as the Lions entered the home stretch of Rose Bowl prep.
The event took place one an artificial turf field that is part of the sprawling Home Depot Center complex. Of PSU's four practices in the Los Angeles area so far, only the first was held on natural turf.
Senior offensive linemen A.Q. Shipley and Rich Ohrnberger were both wearing second-team green jerseys in today's session. Neither players' jersey had a number on it, suggesting it was a temporary demotion. One source on the sideline guessed the wearin' o' the green was for some minor rule violation but did not know exactly what it was.
UPDATE: We have since learned that Shipley and Ohrnberger were punished because they were late for breakfast Saturday.
As the duo was walking on the field, we asked them why they were in green. They laughed and suggested it was because they didn't like North Carolina.
The PSU starting offense wears light blue practice jersey that are similar in color to what the Tar Heels wear during home games.
Senior lineman Mike Lucian was wearing the light blue first-team offensive jersey Saturday and playing center. Another interesting shift on the offensive line depth chart involved true DeOn'tae Pannell, who was also donning the light-blue first-team jersey.
All-American defensive end Aaron Maybin was wearing the second-team defense's red jersey in today's practice. One source on the sideline said he believed Maybin was in a similar situation to Ohnberger and Shipley, and doubted the change would last. People we talked to stressed that none of the jersey changes were big deals, and that such minor punishment happens all the time in Penn State's typically closed practices.
Penn State had the previous two days off, so head coach Joe Paterno was all business. He had what appeared to be serious discussiosn with athletic director Tim Curley, receivers coach Mike McQueary and strength coach John Thomas before the session.
Once practice started, he shouted at several players for loafing.
Though still recovering from hip replacement surgery, he did not use a cane nor a golf cart while the media was on hand. He was moving around extremely well.
Senior wideout Jordan Norwood was back in action Saturday after missing earlier sessions with an ankle injury. He looked fine in warmups.
Being Tinsel Town, Penn State had its own group of celebrities at Saturday's practice, including Nittany Lion legends John Cappelletti and Rosey Grier.
This was the best weather PSU has had for practice since arriving in LA. The sun was out, temperature crept into the high 60s and the visibility in the valley was incredible. A few of the Lion assistants even wore shorts to practice.
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