Sunday, December 21, 2014

Notes from Penn State's practice

All of Penn State's backs were practicing at full speed, including Bill Belton, who had both ankles wrapped tightly, and Mike Zordich, who had a black brace on his left knee.

Notes from Penn State's practice

Most of the focus at Penn State's practice on Wednesday was Bill O'Brien informing reporters that quarterback turned tight end Paul Jones had left the team.

While that is a concern for the long term at Penn State, the short term prognosis for the Nittany Lions looks good.

All of Penn State's backs were practicing at full speed, including Bill Belton, who had both ankles wrapped tightly, and Mike Zordich, who had a black brace on his left knee.

Belton, the Nittany Lions' No. 1 running back, has been sidelined since the fourth quarter of the season-opener against Ohio with an ankle injury. O'Brien said earlier this week that he -- along with Zordich (bruised left knee), Curtis Dukes (thigh) and Derek Day (shoulder) -- were expected to be back for the Big Ten opener against Illinois.

Left tackle Donovan Smith (ankle) and defensive end Sean Stanley (back) were also practicing. 

-Emily Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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