NITTANY NOTES: Pro Day Tidbits

Check out some of the highlights from Penn State's recent testing session for current players. Who turned in some of the fastest times?

Penn State held a Pro Day in Holuba Hall Monday.

But this was not the event where former Nittany Lions perform for NFL scouts. That goes down March 18.

This one, which incorporated many of the same drills as the … uh … pro Pro Day -- 40-yard dash, shuttle run, three-cone drill -- was held for current players.

“Collectively, we're pretty athletic,” an observer said. “We'll have to wait and see how that translates into success on the field, though.”

While we don't have the entire list of times, word has filtered out from observers about some of the more eye-catching numbers at the event. Here is a brief rundown. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

• Multi-purpose threat Chaz Powell is being asked to help replace All-Big Ten wideout Derrick Williams. The former safety has trimmed down to the 195-pound range (he was listed at 201 for the Rose Bowl) and apparently has been working on his speed. Powell ran a pair of sub 4.4-second 40-yard dashes, and one of the hand-timers had an attempt at below 4.3 seconds.

• Another redshirt sophomore receiver, Derek Moye, was said to be timed in the 4.6 range a year ago at this time. On Monday, he ran in the low 4.4s. Moye tips the scales at 198 pounds and appears to be taller than his listed height of 6-foot-5.

• Fans have been wondering why redshirt sophomore Andrew Dailey has been moved from linebacker to safety. He showed why Monday, running one 40 in the mid 4.5s and another at right about 4.6. Dailey was said to be the fastest of the team's returning scholarship safeties. We are still waiting for a report on newcomer Gerald Hodges, though. And note that Knowledge Timmons has been moved to corner.

• A year ago, quarterback Daryll Clark ran the 40 in the 4.85 range (hand-held). While that appeared to be a cause for concern for the mobile QB, he proceeded to rush for 282 yards and 10 scores during the season. This year, observers say he ran in the 4.75 range, so he has picked up a bit of speed.

• Speaking of QBs, true freshman Kevin Newsome came into Penn State with a reputation for having great speed and a big arm. He has proved the latter in Drill 6 work, according to teammates. At Pro Day, he proved the former by clocking one 40 in the high 4.5s.

We will post more info from the Pro Day as it becomes available.


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