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Penn State Football: With Season In Early Hole, Players Bury Temple Film In Practice Field

by on September 08, 2015 3:15 PM

Sometimes you just have to bury the past.


And that's what Penn State football did on Sunday at practice. They grabbed a shovel and buried the tape from their not even 24 hour old loss to Temple in the dirt.

"I think that's something that we needed to do to get moving forward and, you know, kind of give us that positive back and, you know, have a little fun with it. So, we buried the tape," Penn State senior Jordan Lucas said. "Temple's over, we're on to Buffalo."

The idea itself was a group effort as well. Lucas and fellow captain Christian Hackenberg going over the idea together as a way to show the rest of the team that one game wasn't going to define the season. Perhaps more importantly, once the game was over, it was over. On to the next one.

"We just wanted to let the guy know that, hey look, we're not going to dwell on the past," Lucas said. "We lost a game. It's our fault. We're going to bury this. It's not the end of our season, it's the first game. It's the first game of the season. So we have 11 more opportunities, trying to get 12 more opportunities after this past Saturday."

"There was too many players for everybody to get a piece of the dirt, but, you know, guys like Brian Gaia, you know Saeed Blacknal, he stomped on it a couple times. A couple different guys were a part of the digging process but it was all fun for us, we tried to make it fun and have very positive energy around it."

While Penn State won't want to be digging too many holes, least of all in their season record, the Nittany Lions have practiced on Sunday during the James Franklin era for that very reason. To get over the last game and to move on to the next. Fix your mistakes and take care of business.

Will it work? That remains to be seen, but if the Nittany Lions find their offense and get the ball rolling this will make quite the scene for the Disney Channel movie.

"No, it's not normal," Lucas said with a small smile. "But it was fun for us, we're out there, we have the shovel, we buried the tape and we're not going to talk about it anymore."

And so the Nittany Lions set their sights on Buffalo.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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