• Observations from PSU’s spring practice

    Penn State opened 30 minutes of its fifth practice of the spring Wednesday.

    Here are some observations:

    Quarterbacks Tyler Ferguson and Stephen Bench ran the offense during live hitting against the defense early in the session.

    For what it’s worth, Ferguson took snaps with the first-team offense, which included Eric Shrive and Adam Gress at tackle and Zach Zwinak at running back.

    Bench and redshirt freshman Akeel Lynch were on the field with the second-team offense. Zwinak and Lynch got most of the repetitions at running back ahead of Bill Belton during the half-hour that practice was open to the media.

    Also, former wide receiver Trevor Williams practiced in the secondary. Depth among the defensive backs has been an ongoing concern, especially with safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong missing the entire spring with a shoulder injury.

    Penn State senior Garry Gilliam, who had moved from tight end to offensive tackle, is considered day-to-day with a strained calf, a team spokesman said.

    Senior defensive tackle DaQuan Jones did not participate in contact drills Wednesday during the Nittany Lions’ fifth practice of the spring because of an unknown injury.

    Tight ends Kyle Carter, who was a first-team All-Big Ten pick last season, and heralded freshman Adam Breneman participated in some non-contact drills. Both wore red jerseys.

    Carter suffered a broken wrist during a November loss at Nebraska. Breneman suffered a torn ACL last August before his senior season at Cedar Cliff High School.

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