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VIDEO: Spring Practice 10 Player Interviews

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Just four practices and nine days remain until the Nittany Lions take the field inside Beaver Stadium for the Blue-White Game on April 12 (1:30 p.m. kick).

In a spring marked by progress on both sides of the ball under the direction of head coach James Franklin, the Nittany Lion players are excited about the opportunity to get in front of the fans for the first time in 2014.

"It's something to look forward to during spring practice," senior safety Adrian Amos said.  "We don't have games to look forward to, so the Blue-White game is a big weekend, and we're excited to be back in Beaver Stadium."

As the team continues to get more reps in the new schemes installed on both sides of the ball, the Lions are beginning to feel more and more comfort with each passing practice.

"We have made a lot of progress each and every day as we get more acclimated into the scheme," Amos said.  "We are getting a lot more comfortable with the defense and working with each other."

"Things are going really well," sophomore running back Akeel Lynch said.  "We are gelling together.  Offense takes some time.  The concepts are getting into our heads, and we are starting to move faster."

Penn State completed its 10th practice of the spring on Wednesday afternoon.  The Lions practiced outdoors for the first time on Monday.  A portion of Wednesday's practice was outdoors, as well.  Senior kicker Sam Ficken ended Wednesday's practice with a 55-yard field goal, keeping the Nittany Lions from running sprints.

"Ficken has been money all of camp," Lynch said.  "He's made a lot of improvement.  Anytime it has been double or nothing for running at the end of practice, we put it on Ficken's leg and he's been clutch every time."

The Nittany Lions will practice on Saturday before shifting into the final week of spring drills, which will feature three sessions before the Blue-White Game on April 12.

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