Turk is a positive rambling speaker shifting from lesson to quips in mid-sentance but always supporting improvement over putting someone down.
"Come here son," he hollered out to a skinny, tiny player hobbling around the field after finishing every drill dead last. He brought the youngster in front of the whole team. He told the team to show this young man some respect and support. Despite being slower than everyone else, Turk singled him out as a positive influence the team should embrace. "Three claps for this young man who is out here with a bum ankle every day working just as hard as the rest of you."
He also bet a young man he could out sprint him, the loser had to wear the shirt of the other's favorite college team. So one Ohio State fan now has to wear a Penn State shirt at practice this week because he lost the race and bet. Hint on who won the race - coach Turk is a huge Nittany Lions fan.
Below are a few more frames from the first day of practice.
The players bring their own water bottles and maintain their own equipment.