The Nittany Lions will travel to the Bahamas this summer, to participate in their “once every four years” foreign tour that the NCAA allows all teams to take. Penn State traveled through parts of Europe in 2013 when they last took their tour.
This will be an opportunity for several players to get a jump start with the team in an “real game” situation while not having any effect on the season itself. Satchel Pierce, Jamari Wheeler, Trent Buttrick and John Harrar will likely benefit most from the tour, as these matchups (and the 10 practices the NCAA permits) will allow them to get a taste of what the game will be like at the next level (or as a Nittany Lion, in the case of Pierce).
Playing actual games against unfamiliar opponents, even in an exhibition setting, will allow Pat Chambers to give actual feedback to his guys based on real competition instead of having to paint a picture of what would happen in a live-game situation (likewise, the players will have a laundry list of things to work on when they return).
Opponents and game dates have yet to be determined, so stay tuned for those.
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