While just about to leave town after watching PSU’s open (to the media) practice, talking to Joe and players, here’s some totally random thoughts.
-Tony Davis appears to be running as the second team cornerback behind Lydell Sargeant. Davis was converted to safety before last season. Chaz Powell and Nick Sukay are the second team safeties currently behind Anthony Scirrotto and Mark Rubin.
-The first team offense looked as expected with Clark under center, his offensive line consisted of Gerald Cadogan and Dennis Landolt at the tackles, the guards were Rich Ohrnberger and Stefen Wisniewski and A.Q. Shipley was the starting center. Penn State used a three-wide package with Williams, Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood as the targets. Mickey Shuler ran as the first team tight end with Evan Royster and Dan Lawlor in the backfield.
-First team defense consisted of Ollie Ogbu and Abe Koroma at the tackles, Josh Gaines and Maurice Evans on the ends, the outside linebackers were Bani Gbadyu and Tyrell Sales, while Josh Hull played in the middle. Sean Lee will be the starter but was dinged up and held out of some drills due to a tight hamstring and said as of now he expects to play on the outside. The secondary had Sargeant and A.J. Wallace at the corners and Rubin and Scirrotto at the safety spots.
-Wallace ran some drills with the first team offense out of the shotgun set, to which Paterno said he did some last season. Wallace was not credited with a carry on the offensive side of the ball in live game action last season.
-Derrick Williams was popped by middle linebacker Chris Colasanti during a passing drill in which Williams went over the middle on a crossing route. Williams said he had “never been hit like that in his life,” and laid on the ground for several minutes as team trainers and coaches tended to him.
-Devlin appeared to have better touch on the deep passes and displayed more accuracy. Clark was a little wild on short throws and had several of his passes deflected during the same drill.
-End Jerome Hayes ran during the practice session and Paterno said he is OK to practice, but the coaching staff decided to hold him out at the risk of further injury. Defensive tackle Jared Odrick did participate in drills but not the scrimmage, same for defensive end Devon Still who is coming off an ACL tear.