August 7, 2007

Phil Grosz's Inside Look at Penn State Football

The Nittany Lions' first day of preseason practice is in the books.

Although the Penn State squad was without pads - and won't be until Saturday - that's not to say that there was nothing to report on.

After speaking with his contacts within the Penn State football program, Blue White Illustrated publisher Phil Grosz has the inside scoop from yesterday's practice.

Here are a few notes and observations that BWI was told about:

  • First of all, Penn State assistant coach Larry Johnson was extremely pleased with the physical condition of the new members of the Nittany Lions' front four on the defensive line.

    Johnson told observers that it was extremely important that all of the new guys, especially the defensive tackles, come into preseason practice physically ready to go.

    The guys that really impressed the coaching staff on the defensive line when they reported yesterday for the first preseason practice were Phil Taylor, Abe Koroma, and they were extremely pleased with Jared Odrick.

    Odrick impressed the staff by reporting to preseason practice at 6-foot-5, 291 or 292 pounds.

    Taylor was probably physically the most impressive player from the young group of defensive tackles. It will be interesting when we get an opportunity to talk to Taylor and other players on media day on Saturday, to see if his reported weight is accurate.

    We were told that he emerged on the practice field at just under 325 pounds and hopes to be able to start the season at between 315-320 pounds. We're told that's the goal he's set for himself.

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