Plan to Keep PSU Football Fresh

By Jacob Kaucher

Published 08/16 2013 01:28PM

Updated 08/16 2013 01:41PM

How do you keep a team with just 66 scholarship players healthy?

It’s a question Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien is addressing during fall training camp.

Some experienced players like lineman Adam Gress, safety Adrian Amos, and defensive end Deion Barnes sat out a Friday morning practice open to the media to get some rest.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson was a scratch, too, with a minor hamstring ailment.

O’Brien says balancing practice time for starters and keeping them fresh is a must this season.

"One thing that we try to do is get our number one groups quality, good reps. We don't want to give them 50 million reps in a practice,” O’Brien says. “But we try to get them quality, good reps. And then we try to get the younger players a lot of reps. Get them in there and let them play football."

Quarterbacks Christian Hackenberg and Tyler Ferguson split time evenly in drills open to the media.

O’Brien has characterized the race for the starting QB job as “even” and says a starter could be named in the next few days.

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