Joe Paterno held his weekly press conference on Tuesday in order to tie up some loose ends from the Purdue game and get reporters ready for Northwestern this week. We’ll do our best to fill you in on the key points.
Derek Moye could be back in two weeks
Coach Paterno is thinking that wide receiver Derek Moye, who injured his foot last week while running down his apartment stairs, will probably miss the next two games. That’s too bad, because with Penn State playing every game on a tight rope, Moye’s production could easily be the difference between a win and a loss in any given week. Hopefully he’ll be back on the field for the Nebraska game.
Silas Redd is playing a lot
Call him “bell cow” or “work horse,” it doesn’t really matter. The point is that Redd has 29, 28 and 28 carries in the last three games. When asked about the heavy workload, Paterno said he was a little worried. I’d still be surprised if Redd got less than 25 touches per game from here on out, but when you have a guy as talented as Curtis Dukes in the backfield, it shouldn’t be too hard to get Redd some rest.
By the way, Stephfon Green had one carry versus Purdue to go with his one catch versus Iowa. I’m not sure if they’re trying to work him into the lineup or just teasing him. Maybe if State can score some points against Northwestern, they can actually open a window in which to give Green some serious run.
Tight end trouble
Coach Paterno says he will talk to Andrew Szczerba about his recent play. Tight ends coach Bill Kenney apparently feels that Szczerba is “okay,” but all we can see on the field is dropped passes and penalties. Tight ends are often referred to as very helpful targets to developing quarterbacks, so it’s been especially disappointing this season that Penn State has got so little from the position. Kevin Haplea had a remarkably easy touchdown catch against Iowa. It’s not much to go on, but I’d like to at least see him out there a little more often.
Curtis Drake update
The dynamic athlete/wide receiver has been working out with the scout team, but he’s still not 100 percent healthy. Coach Paterno says that Drake is getting closer to seeing real action, but right now it’s hard to imagine him making a significant contribution this season. Get well soon, Curtis.
As the quarterbacks turn
When asked about why Bolden was starting the games and McGloin was finishing them, Coach Paterno had this to say:
Since we have had Bolden starting with McGloin coming in, we’ve been able to do a decent job. I just have been reluctant to change that. You change it, you don’t know what you’re going to get. McGloin does a good job coming in off the bench. He’s a guy that observes things.
I don’t really get it. Paterno seems to be saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” but it’s not as though Penn State is doing just fine on offense right now. They’ve struggled with McGloin at the helm and they’ve been worse with Bolden in there. Granted, Bolden did get Penn State started with a touchdown drive versus Purdue, but he also played a big role in Penn State limping out of the gate at Indiana. There doesn’t seem to be much reason to keep starting Bolden (at least from a football point of view), but it seems like Penn State is going to keep doing it anyway.
And what of Dan Persa?
Northwestern’s quarterback, Dan Persa, played his high school ball in the Allentown area. Coach Paterno said that even if Penn State had been looking for a quarterback in 2006, they would not have recruited Persa. Two years later, when Penn State felt they did need a quarterback, they got Kevin Newsome. Great.