Get a review of the preseason schedule and a look at what's coming up for the Penn State football squad as things start to change for the players.

It's been a "brutal run" of practices for the Nittany Lion football players, with only two days off (while still having lifts, unit meetings and film sessions) over the past 16 days (through Aug. 19) since the preseason period kicked off on Aug. 4.

In this span the PSU squad has had 18 practices, including five NCAA-mandated no-pad introduction sessions which had the players in shorts, jerseys and helmets, three practices in tops (helmets, shorts and shoulder pads) and 10 sessions in full pads. The teams has also had four days of double sessions (tops/pads) and two scrimmages.

With 11 of the 29 allowed preseason practices left, the PSU players will be seeing a change of scenery in two days, moving out of their preseason housing in the dorms and back to their fall housing. "That's a big move — the dorms are pretty cramped and and everyone wants to get back to their own places. Everyone's excited for the move," one observer explained.

As an side on the 29 practices the NCAA allows during the preseason practice, Joe Paterno recently said Penn State intends to use all of its allotted practices for the first time in a long time.

Another major change for the players is that they get back into the swing of classes when fall semester begins Monday (Aug. 23). With the start of the fall semester comes the elimination of the 105-man roster limitation. This allows players like Russell Nye and Tyler Ahrenhold, who were not on the preseason 105-man roster, to start participating in drills. is your source for the BEST content and community covering Penn State football.


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