SHORT REPORT: Day 1 Review

Monday marked the kickoff to preseason action as the Nittany Lions took to the practice field for the first time since the spring. Get an exclusive update from the session here.

Penn State officially kicked off preseason practice Monday.

"It was pretty hot out there today," according to one observer. "It didn't seem to faze a lot of the veterans, although some of the younger guys felt it. A couple freshmen were joking about if they had gone to school down South they'd probably have melted."

The players reported around 3:00 p.m. and were on the fields between Leach and Holuba by 3:30. It was a "light" day, just in helmets.

The squad spent the first 15 minutes on some position drill work with their units. The players then took their traditional warm-up jog around the field and stretched as a team.

The players then took in some individual and agility drills. Overall, the session lasted about 90 minutes.

Here are some notes of interest from the session:

  • A lot of the veterans were "very vocal" with the younger players, telling them to "hustle up" and "not waste their valuable practice time."

  • "A bunch of guys kept saying 'Friday, Friday, Friday,'" an observer said. "One coach got a bit heated and said 'What the hell is Friday? It's Monday — every practice counts. What's so important about Friday?'

    The answer from a player: "Friday is full pads coach."

    "The guys are already lobbying to get contact in on Friday," an observer explained. "The coach seemed to be OK with that answer."

  • As for the freshmen, "I think several of them were a bit shell-shocked. I mean it was like mid-90s and it's all out. I think it was a bit tough on them, but they'll get better for it. Guys like [Daryll] Clark, [Jared] Odrick, [Stefen] Wisniewski and [Sean] Lee kept checking on the younger guys and pushing them." is the exclusive home of the BEST content and community covering Penn State football.


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