Penn State Nittany Lions: Penn State all access 2013

Video: PSU Training Days -- Scrimmage

August, 20, 2013
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Take an all-access look into Penn State practice as the players head over to Beaver Stadium for the first full contact scrimmage.

Video: PSU Training Days -- Overcome

August, 19, 2013
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Penn State OT Garry Gilliam is used to overcoming challenges on and off the field. He is helping the Nittany Lions get past NCAA sanctions.

PSU Training Days: Pads On

August, 18, 2013
8/18/13
10:26
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Take an all-access look into Penn State practice as the players put on pads and begin hitting for the first time.

PSU Training Days: Selecting a QB

August, 17, 2013
8/17/13
9:56
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"May the best man win."

That's all offensive guard John Urschel had to say when asked about Penn State's quarterback race. And it's a tight one right now between first-year signal-callers Tyler Ferguson and Christian Hackenberg.

That's the big battle this preseason, the competition that all eyes are on right now. Head coach Bill O'Brien is "pretty close" to naming a starter, and it's a decision all of Happy Valley is eager to hear.

Early in training camp, when the freshmen practice at 7:30 p.m., even the upperclassmen returned to the field to watch Hackenberg throw some footballs.

"The biggest storyline of this team, I would say, got to be our quarterback situation," assistant coach Stan Hixon said.

ESPN took a closer look at the QB battle and how O'Brien is preparing the two as part of "ESPN All Access: Penn State Training Days." The behind-the-scenes program will culminate in a one-hour special at 7 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN. And a five-part series consisting of 30-minute specials will also air on ESPNU starting 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Clips such as this will preview the program and will run up until Tuesday.
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When unprecedented NCAA sanctions were handed down last year, no one knew what was going to happen to Penn State. No one.

"Everyone thought we were down and out," said linebacker Mike Hull, who thought about transferring to Pitt. "They thought we were going to be like an SMU."

They were wrong.

Head coach Bill O'Brien guided the program through a season mired in adversity to finish with an 8-4 record. But big challenges remain. Penn State will have to endure three more seasons without a bowl game and five more seasons with scholarship restrictions.

ESPN takes a closer look at just how they can build from last year's momentum and take this program to the next level -- sanctions or not -- as part of "ESPN All Access: Penn State Training Days." The program will showcase behind-the-scenes access to on- and off-field play, team meetings and campus facilities. The segments will introduce players and coaches as they complete grueling preseason training.

We'll run a few clips, starting today, and it will culminate in a one-hour special at 7 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN. A five-part series consisting of 30-minute specials will also air on ESPNU starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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