Finally, Penn State Football Practice Opens

April 21, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien on the sidelines during the spring game at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE

After an offseason that no other team has seen before and no team will probably ever see again, the Penn State football team finally opened fall practice this morning in front of the media at the Lasch Building fields.

Coach O'Brien couldn't sleep last night, getting to the practice facility at 4:45 this morning, to meet his players who got there at 5:15. He believes that he shouldn't be losing any more players considering every player made the commitment to get up and practice this morning. Let's hope so, Coach.

So how about that new passing attack? Well, within ten minutes, there were four interceptions thrown between Matt McGloin and Paul Jones. Adrian Amos caught one of those errant balls while playing cornerback, making his move from safety almost a lock. We can only hope that this is a good sign for the thought-of weaker secondary and that there's no place to go but up for the quarterbacking unit.

BOB held court after practice was over this morning where he was asked about the offense which lost returning leading running back Silas Redd and wide receiver Justin Brown to USC and Oklahoma respectively, last week. Coach said that no re-tooling would be necessary. He mentioned that it was Bill Belton's time to step up at the running back position while during practice, Shawney Kersey, Allen Robinson and Alex Kenney took reps with the starting group of wide receivers. It appears that Coach has a plan and is going to carry it out with the cards he has been dealt.

With the roster numbers dwindling, staying healthy will be of the utmost importance throughout the season. Only two players were held out today with Donovan Smith and Jacob Fagnano both nursing hamstring conditions.

If that isn't enough for you, here is some video from the CDT as well as a photo gallery from the Patriot-News.


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