ORLANDO - Dennis Landolt looked straight ahead with steely-eyed focus, but the Penn State offensive tackle was not sizing up an opponent across the line of scrimmage.
The venue wasn't a football field, but a Best Buy store where dozens of Nittany Lions players descended after yesterday's practice, each armed with a $420 gift card given by Florida Citrus Sports, which administers the Capital One Bowl.
The 6-foot-4, 306-pound Landolt, a graduate of Holy Cross High in Burlington County, went methodically from one end of the store to the other assessing items and prices. After more than a half-hour of shopping, he held only one article - a set of headphones.
"I wanted to get a good pair of headphones because all I had were a cheap $8 pair," Landolt said.
"I've got a TV, an X-Box and computer stuff, so I'm looking for stuff to go with them. I'm also looking around to see if I can get anything for my mom and dad."
The NCAA allows bowls to give each player up to $500 worth of gifts. Florida Citrus Sports, which also runs the Champs Sports Bowl, was one of the first to think of gift cards instead of handing out actual gifts to the players.
The gift card must be spent in one trip, and Best Buy was willing to deliver big items.
"It's nice to have," Landolt said. "Usually when I'm in here, I'm debating whether to spend my money. This makes it easy, but spending all of it is a little bit of a challenge."
Penn State wide receiver Derek Moye looked for a laptop for his brother, defensive end Jack Crawford picked up a PS3, and punter Jeremy Boone carried away a Wii system.
"I hope this doesn't get on TV before I can give it to my brother," a smiling Boone told one cameraman taping his purchase.
Quarterback Daryll Clark looked for items for his family and purchased a Bluetooth for himself, a selection that amused freshman wide receiver Curtis Drake.
Asked what was the "lamest" gift in the shopping spree, Drake, a West Catholic graduate, replied, "A Bluetooth, and you can tell Daryll I said that."