PSU Football Ramps Up Intensity

By Jacob Kaucher

Published 04/03 2014 11:51PM

Updated 04/03 2014 11:53PM

STATE COLLEGE - The word of the Spring for Penn State football has been more.
The Nittany Lions saying they've seen more intensity, more contact and more fun this Spring under new head coach James Franklin.
Specific examples from practice include impromptu push-up contests among the quarterbacks to keep energy flowing.
There's also the high-impact Oklahoma drill in what Penn State now calls the “Lions Den.”
As for X's and O's, sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg says there are a lot of familiar pro-style concepts and that his experience playing last year has helped him pick up the new offense.
“I mean the game's slowed down for me a lot, so that's helped,” Hackenberg says. “And of course just understanding coverages and picking up this new offense and picking up what beats what - how to really master it.”
Hackenberg added that he feels confident with the rebuilt offensive line in front of him, even with the loss of Miles Dieffenbach with a knee injury, saying he knows how much work they've put in on and off the field.

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