It wasn’t as joke filled as last weeks’ press conference, but Bill O’Brien met with the media this afternoon and shared some injury updates, talked running backs, 3rd downs, and previewed Saturday evening’s game with UCF. Here are your highlights:
- Injury update: Mike Hull will likely play after missing all of last week’s game with a knee issue. Ryan Keiser, who was injured in the Eastern Michigan game is considered questionable. Ben Kline, Nyeem Wartman, and Adam Gress will all play after dealing with various injuries.
- Matt Lehman, who is of course out for the season, had successful surgery today. O’Brien said his senior tight end is already feeling better.
- The tailback position has been a popular topic for debate, with the Lions having 3 talented options in Zwinak, Belton and Lynch. O’Brien said it’s important that all 3 play. From there, they staff will go with the hot hand. BOB singled out Bill Belton as a guy who has really worked hard, on and off the field, and he’s being rewarded for it.
- PSU ranks dead last in the country on 3rd downs. When asked about the 2 for 26 numbers, O’Brien traced a lot of the struggles back to not making plays on 1st or 2nd down. This past weekend, he singled out penalties and negative plays early on. The bottom line though is the offense needs to execute better on 3rd down, which should come.
- When discussing this week’s opponent, and going up against longtime friend George O’Leary, O’Brien said he expects a tough game from the Knights, a trademark of an O’Leary coached team.
- Junior UCF QB Blake Bortles has not thrown an interception in 211 passing attempts. PSU’s head coach knows a little something about what it takes to play quarterback at the next level, and called Bortles an NFL prospect.
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