NITTANY NOTES: Tuesday Practice

Get the latest on the team's injuries and the state of several positions right here in our exclusive Nittany Notes.

Penn State is dealing with a few injuries to key players. Here is the latest as of Tuesday's practice session:

Graham Zug: The wideout practiced on Tuesday after getting held out on Monday and "looks fine." He is wearing the no-contact cross jersey, but "he was sharp on his routes and cuts." Observers say he does not appear to have any of the common lingering effects from the head knock he took against Temple.

He was seeing reps with the first unit on certain sets and observers expect him to be full go on Saturday against Iowa. "That may not seem big because there are a lot of guys who have shown they can pull in the ball, but Graham is a guy who can demand heavy coverage and open up other receivers," and observer said.

Navorro Bowman: Bowman, who has missed the last two games with a groin injury, was "full speed" on Tuesday. He played outside linebacker with the first unit. "I thought he looked great — quick, aggressive, doesn't seem hindered or tentative [by the groin injury]."

Observers maintain that they feel Bowman is near 100 percent health-wise and will be ready to play Saturday.

Sean Lee: In shorts with no knee brace as of Tuesday, Lee has been lobbying the coaches to get suited up for practice, "even in a cross," but the coaches "pointed him to Seabass since he has the call."

"Seabass," is team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli.

As one observer said, "Sean's been working him damn hard to get into some drills. Sebastianelli is telling him it's day-to-day."

Observers feel that the medical staff wants to give Lee the week off to recover, but "Sean can be pretty damn persuasive and Seabass loves the guy, so we'll see."

Other Practice Notes:

  • The starting corners were D'Anton Lynn and Knowledge Timmons for most of Tuesday's practice. Drew Astorino, Nick Sukay and Andrew Dailey are all wearing blue first-team jerseys at safety. Freshman Gerald Hodges has been seeing his safety reps this week.

  • The linebackers have seen Bowman and Nate Stupar on the first team wings with Josh Hull and Bani Gbadyu splitting middle reps. Mike Yancich has been with the second team, backing up Stupar.

  • Johnnie Troutman has seen most of the first-team work this week at the left guard position.

  • There has been no change with the front four defensive starters with Eric Latimore and Jack Crawford manning the end spots and Jared Odrick and Ollie Ogbu in the interior.

  • Devon Smith has seen the bulk of his work with the second-team wideouts, but he has been brought in with the first team for situational practice drills.

  • Daryll Clark has spent extra time on aspects of his game like intermediate passing, blitz reads and check-downs.

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