By: Thomas Frank Carr
The Penn State Nittany Lion football team opens Big Ten play this weekend when it travels to Bloomington to take on Indiana. Both the Hoosiers and the Nittany Lions are coming off bye weeks. With the extra time off, Head Coach Bill O’Brien took the opportunity to self evaluate.
“Your team’s identity is pretty much formed after the first four weeks so you can look at things like heavy tendencies and different areas of the field or down and distances and whatever you may have tendency-wise and try to correct those.”
O’Brien also identified an underrated benefit of the bye week, which gives the team a chance to have some down time after a long time of hard grinding.
“A lot of our guys were able to go home and see their families and things like that, or if the guys stayed on campus they were able to chill out because they didn’t have any football responsibilities.”
The Nittany Lions come into the game with a record of 3-1. Their lone loss was to a very good UCF team that took No. 13 ranked
“They have a really good quarterback that throws the ball accurately and they have some really good skill players. They have some what I call space players, guys that can make plays with the ball in space and that’s a tough offense to defend.”
Those skill players include a trio of veteran receivers who all have a shot at reaching the 100 catch milestone in their career this year. They are led by junior Shane Wynn who is sixth in the Big Ten with 68.9 receiving yards per game. Kofi Hughes (99 catches) and Cody Latimore (82) round out a trio that will test the young Penn State defensive backs. Throw in tight end Ted Bolser, a fifth-year senior, who has amassed more than 1,000 yards receiving in his career, and it’s a potent attack.
“You’re going to have to make sure that you swing to the ball, that you tackle properly, that you get lined up and communicate and you’re able to decipher the formation that they’re coming out in and understand what they’re doing,” O’Brien said.
Some help may come, not from elsewhere on the defense, but from the offense.
“I don’t think we can come out of this game with a bunch of field goals. Again we’ve got to score points in this game but we have to do it in mixing tempos. We can’t go into this game thinking we’re going to go warp speed every drive,” O’Brien said.
Another boost for the
* The only other injury note to come out of Tuesday’s press conference is that safety Ryan Keiser, who also is the team’s holder, is out for the game. O’Brien said that Keiser may have a chance to return in two weeks for the game against
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Game day Schedule
8 a.m.- Replay of the Penn State Football Show
9 a.m.- Tailgate 2013
Noon- Live play by play of PSU vs IU
Scoreboard 2013 following conclusion of the game