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Bill O'Brien Syracuse Game Press Conference Recap

Bill O’Brien met with the Penn State and Big 10 media this afternoon to recap training camp, and preview this weekend’s game with Syracuse.  He did not, of course, name a starting quarterback.  Along with that, here are some other notes from the press conference:

  • As I said, no starting QB was named, as O’Brien said he intends to let us know who the starter is when he takes the field for the first offensive snap.  The smart money says he has his starter picked, the quarterbacks know who that is, as does the rest of the team.  Rather than subject whoever that is to the extra attention they would immediately face in the wake of that announcement, they’re keeping it under wraps to remove at least one distraction from their first career college football game.
  • 2013 DB recruit Neiko Robinson is no longer with the team.  O’Brien was adamant that there was no discipline issues, and called Robinson a “great kid, with a great future.”  That future, however, will not be at Penn State.  Rumors have suggested an issue with grades or courses transferring from his high school in Alabama to Florida, where he played a year ago.  O’Brien and Penn State will not comment any further on the specific reasons.
  • While he is listed 2nd on the depth chart at one outside linebacker position, freshman Brandon Bell is not likely to see the field this week.
  • Sticking at linebacker, Ben Kline, who has been limited by a shoulder injury for much of camp, should be ready to go on Saturday.  Kline is listed as the 2nd string linebacker behind Mike Hull.
  • O’Brien also said we will need to wait until Saturday to find out whether Adam Gress, who was limited by injury in camp, or Gary Gilliam start at right tackle.  The same goes for Malcolm Willis and Ryan Keiser at safety.

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