UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State football spanned State College Thursday evening, spreading out to distribute the newly released 2018 schedule poster. Dividing members of the team between downtown State College and Beaver Stadium Gate A, the Nittany Lions greeted fans, alumni and friends with about 5,000 rolled posters.
"We're headed downtown to hand out posters and give back to the community, talk to people and connect with fans," junior linebacker Cam Brown said moments before boarding the bus.
The iconic Penn State blue buses departed the Lasch Football Building around 6:30 p.m. dropping various members of the team off at their locations, including College and Beaver Avenues bustling with Arts Fest attendees.
Making their way through the streets, the Nittany Lions paused for pictures and autographs, passing out posters along the way.
The 2018 poster features a calendar-style look, placing opponent logos on game day dates with scripted reminders for known kick off times, various weekly events and themed games.
It's a welcome surprise for members of the team, who saw the poster in a team meeting before breaking to board the buses.
"It's different than the old posters," Brown said. "It's not as basic with the dates underneath. It's kind of - I don't want to say fully interactive, but it's really nice."
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Lift for Life saw many veteran Nittany Lions talking about player-led practices providing ample time for position groups to learn and mentor each other. That's exactly what it's like for the offensive line.
"As a whole unit we're getting bigger, stronger, faster," sophomore Will Fries said. "We're all working on technique and building our chemistry. The young guys are stepping up pushing the older guys and the older guys are stepping up to teach the young guys. Everyone's working really well together."
Both Penn State Penn State director of performance enhancement Dwight Galt and linebacker Koa Farmer made note of the speed and athleticism coming from the linebackers to date. Brown could only agree when asked about the group, especially with the addition of a few well-prepared freshmen.
"The young guys came in and they were ready to work and they are fast," Brown said. "The older guys, we've just gotten faster."