Penn State returned to action Tuesday with its best practice of the season, quarterback Trace McSorley said, helping to eliminate the residue of its loss to Ohio State.
McSorley called Tuesday’s practice active, physical and competitive as the Lions turned to Michigan State. For the senior quarterback, it marked a welcome return following the 27-26 loss to the Buckeyes.
“There was a sense of urgency on offense,” McSorley said. “The receivers were flying around making plays, our [offensive line] was being physical and finishing blocks.”
McSorley called the practice important, considering the stage of Penn State’s season. A year ago, the team followed a one-point loss at Ohio State with a 27-24 loss at Michigan State the following week. McSorley previously has said that the first loss lingered into the second.
Circumstances are different this year. Penn State had a week off between home games, while last year’s team lost back-to-back games on the road.
Still, players have noted the importance of rebounding better. The break between games this year helped.
“We had to sit on that loss [to Ohio State on Sept. 29] and and let that pain sit in and learn from it,” McSorley said. “We were able to come out yesterday and have the best practice we’ve had all year.”
McSorley said that, after practice, Franklin made a point to note the scout team’s influence on the session.
“Our scout teams were really good yesterday,” McSorley said. “[Franklin] really stressed after practice how good those guys were. That was a big part of it. They were able to give us really good looks playing at full speed. Everyone came with a good mentality.”