UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Week four of spring ball practice is nearly complete, drawing the Nittany Lions just days away from Blue-White weekend in Happy Valley.
For Penn State tight ends coach and passing game coordinator Ricky Rahne, his group has continued to make smooth progress throughout the spring season.
Highlighted of course by standout returner Mike Gesicki, who is coming off of a record-breaking season, Rahne noted that he has only continued to elevate his game, keying in on details this spring.
Aside from individual progress though, Gesicki has also continued to progress as a leader among the unit, blending a few qualities to shape his style.
"His other way of leading is making a play when the team needs it," Rahne said. "I think that's important and having a great attitude, going out there when guys need a play, he's going to make a play. He's also very good at knowing, hey, that was my fault and I messed that up, taking responsibility for things and that trickles down to the rest of the group. "
A few more Nittany Lions have also stepped forward from the group too.
"Jon Holland has done a great job. I think he's coming in with a new focus ever since the winter and he has been ready to go and has made a lot of plays," Rahne said. "His blocking has gotten a lot better and I just see a kid who is really maturing and ready to help us on the field in much more substantial level."
A recent addition to the Nittany Lion roster, Joe Arcangelo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) has arrived in Happy Valley after spending a year at Bucknell playing in six games for the Bison.
"He has done a great job, he's made a bunch of plays for us and I'm excited to have him too, a local kid who's doing a nice job," Rahne said.