Notebook: Tuesday practice


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Matt McGloin dropped back and rehearsed some draws early Tuesday evening while quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher barked some encouragement.

"Bam!" Fisher yelled when the football hit Bill Belton's stomach. "C'mon! Good!"

Bill O'Brien asked the media to leave soon after those positional drills, but NittanyNation still found some highlights to the short-lived open practice:

Starting right tackle?: Although O'Brien said Mike Farrell and Adam Gress were competing for the right tackle job, Farrell practiced solely with the first team Tuesday -- at least while the media was present.

The second-team OL appeared to be: LT Nate Cadogan, LG Eric Shrive, C Angelo Mangiro, RG Frank Figueroa, RT Gress.

The third team consisted of four linemen: Bryan Davie, Wendy Laurent, Anthony Alosi, Kevin Blanchard.

Hard-kickin' Ficken: Sam Ficken attempted two 43-yard field goals against the defense --- only about 10 such plays were seen by the media --- and nailed them both. His second attempt sailed so far past the uprights, the ball probably could've gone another 10 yards.

Backup kicker Matt Marcincin attempted a pair from 38 yards and made them, but it seems as if around 45 yards is probably his limit.

Passing game: Because only 10 plays were seen by the media, McGloin attempted only one pass in goal-line situations.

He fired a 3-yard bullet to slot receiver Evan Lewis, but Lewis dropped it. The ball hit him right in the hands, but McGloin probably could have used more touch, as it came out a little hot.

On a play from the 3-yard line, Paul Jones dropped back and began scrambling after some pressure. The play was whistled dead once Jones got back to the line of scrimmage; offensive line coach Mac McWhorter didn't look too happy and yelled a bit.

Playlist: Jay-Z's "This City is Mine" was the first to play over the loudspeakers during stretches. Other songs included AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" and Cake's "The Distance."

Michael Zordich bobbed his head to the Cake song.