Penn State

‘Professional approach’ has Lions critiquing, correcting one another

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Penn State's quarterbacks run sprints at the end of spring practice - AUDREY SNYDER / DKPS

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Defensive end Torrence Brown said the message coming from the Penn State coaching staff hasn't changed, but for whatever reason this spring it seems to resonate more with players than it has in years past.

“We have to make sure we’re doing whatever it takes to be better than years before,” Brown said this week. “I feel like we’re all buying in. We’re all putting in the extra work whether it’s film study or on the field, even going to class and stuff like that. I feel like we’re all buying in to do the extra work that it takes to be great. … Coach has been preaching it to us for the longest time, I just feel like it’s something that’s starting to sink in.”

Maybe it’s because this Penn State football team turned the corner and climbed up a mountain last season, won a Big Ten title and landed in the Rose Bowl. Now, with many key contributors returning it better understands what it takes to get back to that point. Perhaps it’s just another reminder that after all, these are still college-aged kids who are coming into their own and realizing that as high as expectations are outside this program, inside they need to make sure they’re doing everything in their power to meet and exceed anticipated preseason top-10 rankings.

“As a team when you want to take your team to the next level, you know Big Ten championship, National Championship something needs to change because all of the other teams in the country are doing something similar to what you’re doing,” linebacker Koa Farmer said. “What’s going to be the difference with your team? I think that’s the difference. We all take a professional approach. … When we’re at practice if we see something we come to the sideline and we discuss it right after it happens.”