After a week away, Coach O’Brien was back in the Beaver Stadium media room today to meet with reporters in the build up to this weekend’s game at Indiana. Here are some highlights:
- Mike Hull, who was injured early versus Syracuse in the season opener is “full go” according to O’Brien, who said Hull is best described as “a Penn State linebacker”.
- The news is not as good for safety Ryan Keiser who injured his hand and underwent minor surgery. O’Brien did not expect him to play this week when asked about it on last week’s radio show, and confirmed he is out for Indiana this week, with a possible return vs. Michigan. The redshirt junior is still listed as possible on the injury report. Keiser has been holding for Mr. Automatic, Sam Ficken’s kicks. That job goes to punter Alex Butterworth this week, who held on the 54 yarder vs. Kent State.
- Staying on the injury front, sort of, senior TE Matt Lehman who was lost for the year against the Orange with an ACL tear, is rehabbing, while the school looks into the possibility of a 6th year. While I am hardly an expert, Lehman does not appear to be the type of case that gets the additional year, but who really knows with the NCAA.
- Speaking of sanctions, as well as “no kidding” type of news, OB says recruits have had a positive reaction to the NCAA relaxing some of the scholarship limits.
- BOB thinks it was a good, productive bye last week without a game. The team practiced 4 times, 3 of those in full pads. He says the true proof of how good a week will be seen this weekend against the Hoosiers, but these off weeks are also big for building depth down the road.
- As for this week’s opponent, O’Brien is understandably impressed by the Indiana offense, especially QB Nate Sudfeld and the Hoosier backs and receivers. He expects Indiana to try and run in the neighborhood of 90-100 plays on offense. He also mentioned a big key to dealing with offenses like that is to gauge your own tempo. I am reading between the lines here, but it seems we may not see much hurry up from the Lions on offense this week to save a defense that does not have huge depth.
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