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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Kyle Carter let out a laugh. He had no idea how many formations the Nittany Lions had installed. The tight end had long since lost count.

"The playbook's about two inches thick, maybe three," he said with a smile. "It's real complex."

Besides quarterback Matt McGloin, Carter said the tight ends' playbooks were the biggest. They're expected to know blocking assignments and passing routes in a slew of different packages.

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Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.

This week's subject is Glenn Carson, a starting middle linebacker who chatted with NittanyNation after practice Thursday. Carson started 12 games last season and finished fourth in tackles (74). He also forced two fumbles.

NittanyNation: What are you guys doing different on defense this season?

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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."

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