Penn State Football Notebook: Devon Smith Out with Lower Left Leg Injury
Penn State held its fifth spring practice of the season and third with full pads Wednesday on the outdoor fields adjacent to Holuba Hall, but not everyone fully participated.
Most notably, senior wide receiver Devon Smith was seen riding a motorized cart. He has an undisclosed lower left leg injury, but Penn State should have an update later on his status.
Also held out of practice:
- Linebacker Khairi Fortt (knee). I was told by PSU spokesman Jeff Nelson that the injury is not considered serious. Fortt had his right knee wrapped in a tan bandage.
- Cornerback Curtis Drake (unknown)
- Cornerback Adrian Amos (groin)
- Offensive guard Mark Arcidiacono (knee)
- Cornerback Mike Wallace (unknown)
- Fullback Pat Zerbe (unknown)
- Cornerback Derrick Thomas (unknown)
- Defensive tackle Evan Hailes (unknown) Note: Hailes had issues with blood clots last season.
Of course, senior linebacker Mike Mauti is also being held out of contact drills for the spring as a precautionary measure following ACL rehab.
Massaro at 80-85 percent
Senior defensive end Pete Massaro, speaking with reporters on a conference call Wednesday morning, said his knee feels 80-85 percent healthy.
Massaro, coming off a second ACL injury last season, is participating in all spring drills and lined up with the first-team defense Wednesday.
"It's going to take time, you know?'' Massaro said. "My goal is to return to the form that I was in the spring of .'' That year, he made 11 starts and recorded eight tackles for loss.
As Massaro reminded us Wednesday, Penn State has had only three full-pad practices under its belt. So, what you saw with the first-team offense and defense by no means is what you'll see in the season opener Sept. 1.
Nevertheless . . .
QB - Matt McGloin
RB - Silas Redd
LT - Mike Farrell
LG - Miles Dieffenbach
C - Matt Stankiewitch
RG - John Urschel
RT - Adam Gress
TE - Garry Gilliam
WR - Justin Brown
WR - Alex Kenney
WR - Shawney Kersey
DE - Sean Stanley
DT - DaQuan Jones
DT - Jordan Hill
DE - Pete Massaro
LB - Gerald Hodges
MLB - Glenn Carson
LB - Jamie Van Fleet
CB - Stephon Morris
CB - Jesse Della Valle
Saf. - Malcolm Willis
Saf. - Jacob Fagnano
Some observations: The first-team offensive line was the same five guys that we saw last Monday in the spring's opening session.
The right tackle, Adam Gress, has been talked up by head coach Bill O'Brien and strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald for his efforts during winter workouts.
"I've seen a lot of improvement in Adam Gress,'' Massaro said. "He's made significant strides in the offseason, he's a lot stronger. He's kind of emerging as a force at tackle."
Bench Attends Practice
Another quarterback was on the sidelines at practice Wednesday.
This one, however, will play for Penn State.
Georgia's Steven Bench soaked in the atmosphere with his family. Bench said he sat in on a team meeting earlier and will meet with academic advisors Thursday to choose his summer classes.
As you may remember, former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien took in Penn State's practice last Monday, then chose to attend Wisconsin two days later.
Also in attendance were Class of 2013 prospects Buddy Brown (linebacker, New Jersey) and Paul Harris (wide receiver, Maryland)
StateCollege.com's William Derrick created the video posted below.