The team got in "two solid sessions" Wednesday that were described as "intense," "all out" and "physical" in nature by observers. "A lot of the positions are settling in at this point," according to one observer. "The staff is getting really focused on making some tough decisions to have the two-deep pretty much settled to get them to close out drills with the starting guys in place."
In an interesting twist, Jones did see limited first-team work during the day. But he did not learn of the staff's decision to redshirt him until early evening. Reports that the staff told him of the decision during or immediately after practice are inaccurate, according to our sources.
After the first practice in standard form there was more film review. "They have the guys watching a lot of film to review their progress and get a different perspective of their play."
In the second practice the squad focused on "situational snaps" like third downs, red zone, blitzing, goal-line, two-minute, etc. They also got in their weekly kicking work, which FOS had a full review of on Wednesday.
The offensive and defensive lines closed with some goal line matchups. "The front four (Jack Crawford (DE), Devon Still (DT), Ollie Ogbu (DT) and Eric Latimore (DE)) were so aggressive. The offensive line (Quinn Barham (LT), DeOn'tae Pannell (LG), Doug Klopacz (C), Stefen Wisniewski (RG), Lou Eliades (RT)) held their own though. It's good experience for the left side."
As one observer said, "There's no better way for this (offensive line) to get better than to go up against the freight trains that make up this front four. Crawford and Still scare me and I am on the sideline."
After being held out of earlier practice sessions for weight issues, offensive lineman Johnnie Troutman is back in action. He has been working with the second team at guard.
True freshman running back Silas Redd continued to have a strong preseason, bouncing a run outside at the goal line for a touchdown.
As an aside, the Big Ten Network debuted their Preseason Preview Show on Wednesday evening. Gerry DiNardo picked Silas Redd (RB) and Howard Griffith picked Robert Bolden (QB) as "Top Newcomers" for Penn State football. Also, Griffith picked Devon Smith (WR) and DiNardo picked Gerald Hodges (LB) as PSU "Under The Radar" player.
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