NITTANY NOTES: Offensive Line Look

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Tuesday was the second day of preseason drills for the Penn State football team. Although skies were threatening, the session took place on the outdoor grass field. The rain did not hit until well over an hour after the session wrapped.

Temperatures were smoking hot at the start of drills but things cooled off a bit as they went on.

Though practices are closed, fans are clamoring to know what is going on with the rebuilt, re-shifted offensive line. Here is what we have heard from observers coming off another session that focused primarily on "light position drills" in helmets.

The initial two-deep:

Left Tackle
Dennis Landolt
Nerraw McCormack

Left Guard
Matt Stankiewitch
Johnnie Troutman

Center
Stefen Wisniewski
Quinn Barham

Right Guard
Lou Eliades
James Terry

Right Tackle
DeOn'tae Pannell
Mike Farrell

We went to some observers to get answers to early questions about the offensive line situation.

Why the shift of Dennis Landolt from right tackle (where he played last year) to left?

"Experience," one observer said. "The line is essentially being re-shifted and built around the weak-side protection for Daryll Clark. With Wiz in the center and Landolt shifted over, it gives a great base to work from."

As another observer said, "Landolt is very consistent with his technique. A lot of folks overlook him, but he's got the ability to make an impact there."

Where is Eric Shrive?

The true freshman is still getting into the swing of things after his second practice. Observers love his size and intensity, though, and expect him to challenge for the backup right tackle spot.

How is McCormack after the MCL injury that held him out of spring drills?

"He seems recovered from it," one observer said. "He's been focused on nailing his conditioning tests. They are going to watch that knee pretty closely."

What is Ako Poti's situation after being charged with DUI recently?

"He's with the team, but you know the drill - hello doghouse. So he's been demoted," one observer said.

As we broke earlier this week, observers indicated he is expected to serve a two-game suspension for the offense this season.

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