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Friday, August 24, 2012
Nittany Lions preseason camp mirrors NFL

By Josh Moyer

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Stephon Morris recently called up New York Jets safety D'Anton Lynn and described Penn State's new preseason camp.

Sounds a lot like what we're doing, Lynn told him.

"It's a full grind," said Morris, a senior cornerback. "We're waking up at 6:45 in the morning and not leaving the building until 10 o'clock at night. Whether it's practice, lifting with coach [Craig Fitzgerald] or meetings. I wasn't used to that."

Other players echoed Morris' sentiment. Bill O'Brien and his staff are holding more meetings, talking more often to players and running through more situational walkthroughs.

Easy was not a term used to describe the new look.

"We get a lot more mental reps," defensive end Pete Massaro said. "Coach O'Brien wants us to be students of the game and not just go out there and bang heads."