DiNardo on BTN: "There's no ceiling for a team built like this team"

By Len Damico on August 10, 2017 at 8:00 am
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The BTN Tailgate bus pulled into Happy Valley yesterday, and the Nittany Lions did not fail to impress.

In the above clip, Big Ten Network's Gerry DiNardo beamed over Coach James Franklin's team after practice, noting it was a "great teaching practice." DiNardo continued, "When you look at a team that runs like this team does, with Saquon Barkley at tailback and Trace McSorley at quarterback, there's no ceiling for a team built like this team." 

DiNardo later took to Twitter to note what impressed him the most about practice:

BTN's Tom Dienhart later shared "5 things I learned at Penn State fall practice" on the BTN blog. One of Tom's main takeaways?

The offensive line looks good. For years, that wasn’t the case. Right tackle Andrew Nelson is a bellwether along with left tackle Brendan Mahon. Each is bit dinged right now but will be OK. The staff likes center Connor McGovern. And guard Ryan Bates is a future star. I also like youngsters Will Fries and Michal Menet. Matt Limegrover goes a good job coaching these guys up. This line has really physically developed compared to where it was a few years ago. And depth is MUCH better.

Saquon Barkley didn't experience much contact during Wednesday's practice, but he was by no means a silent participant: 

As the day progressed, the BTN staff graciously shared lots of video of their time on campus. Check out a few highlights below.

DEs Shareef Miller and true frsehman Yetur Gross-Matos showing off their quickness: 

WR Juwan Johnson hauls in a beautiful deep corner from Trace McSorley:

QBs Jake Zembiec and true freshman Sean Clifford battling for the 3rd-string spot:

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