Preseason is when the Penn State freshmen are "initiated," as one observer put it. See which rookies are managing to keep up in drills through the first week and a half in our exclusive Short Report.

With the first week and a half of preseason drills under their belts, the Penn State rookies have been getting acclimated to the program. Though it's generally expected by the staff and veterans that the freshmen will struggle through the early sessions, some of the younger guys have actually looked good to observers.

Here are a few comments from different observers about freshmen who have stood out with their endurance and ability to keep pace early on.

  • "[S Gerald] Hodges has hit it head on. Granted he's had the benefit of six more months, but he's on his way."

  • "I'm pretty impressed with how [WR Justin] Brown is put together — great size, nice speed and he's in decent shape. He needs to learn the playbook, but physically he seems there."

  • "The [OG John] Urschel kid has shown he can keep up in drills. I am not saying he has the best technique, but he hasn't been sucking wind like some of his fellow rookies."

  • "[WR Curtis] Drake and [WR Shawney] Kersey are both really athletic and shown they have nice hands."

  • "Derrick Thomas has run well and done OK backing up D'Anton Lynn [at cornerback]. I am not saying he's ready to see playing time, but he seems like he could progress quickly — we'll see with the contact." is the exclusive source for the BEST content and community covering Penn State football.


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