Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Update from Penn State practice: Smith sidelined, Belton and Day in pads

Some encouraging news for Penn State's offense at practice on Wednesday afternoon, but it appears the Nittany Lions are still hurting.

Update from Penn State practice: Smith sidelined, Belton and Day in pads

Some encouraging news for Penn State's offense at practice on Wednesday afternoon, but it appears the Nittany Lions are still hurting.

Starting left tackle Donovan Smith (ankle) stood on the sideline without pads and did not participate in drills. The 6-foot-5, 316-pound redshirt freshman has not practiced all week.

Meanwhile sophomore Bill Belton and senior Derek Day -- the Nittany Lions' No. 1 and No. 2 running backs -- were both dressed in full pads, though Belton's left ankle was taped heavily. On Tuesday, coach Bill O'Brien said that Belton (ankle) and Day (shoulder) were day-to-day leading up to Saturday's game against Navy.

In the 15 minutes reporters were allowed to watch practice, Belton and Day sat out for a few drills. In the first live action set, sophomore Zach Zwinak took snaps with the first team and senior Michael Zordich took snaps with the second team.

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Sam Ficken went 5-for-5 in field-goal attempts early in practice, most from 30-40 yards.

And right before reporters were ushered off the field, newly converted tight end Paul Jones made a diving, one-handed catch. 

-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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