Bill O’Brien was back in front of the Penn State football media this afternoon to recap Saturday’s 24-17 overtime win over Illinois, and preview this weekend’s trip to the 7-2, and suddenly surging, Minnesota Golden Gophers.
- On the injury front, Ryan Keiser’s hand continues to heal, and Ben Kline’s shoulder continues to be a concern, but both should play Saturday. It’s worth nothing both played well against the Illini. Running back Akeel Lynch continues to deal with an MCL sprain suffered against Ohio State, which kept him out of the Illinois win. After carrying the ball 36 times Saturday, the staff will also monitor Bill Belton’s contact in practice this week to keep him fresh for this weekend’s game.
- Jerry Kill continues to take time away from the Minnesota, but O’Brien has plenty of respect for the Gophers’ head coach, and a staff that has not missed a beat during his absence. He reached out to Coach Kill a couple of weeks ago to check in on his progress.
- Bill Belton’s big day against Illinois was no doubt the story of the day for Penn State. O’Brien recounted his decision to move the former slot receiver and part time wildcat QB to running back. As O’Brien remembers it, the decision was made in the very first pre-dawn workout he saw nearly 2 years ago now. Belton’s size and quickness appeared perfectly suited for the position.
- The hazing/bullying situation in Miami with the Dolphins has been near the top of the news cycle for a few days now. O’Brien was asked what, if any, hazing goes on in the program. Basically, there’s a zero tolerance policy for it, unless it’s the coaches being victimized.
- O’Brien was notified that Allen Robinson is just 42 yards shy of breaking Bobby Engram’s season yardage record for a PSU receiver. His response “He’s (Robinson) good, man.
- Finally, O’Brien was asked about Matt McGloin’s NFL debut on Sunday. Here’s the direct quote:
I couldn’t be more proud of Matt McGloin. A self‑made guy, competitive guy. He deserves everything he’s getting, and maybe he’ll get his shot to start. But he led them down the field. I think they had a couple long drives. I know one was a touchdown drive. Nothing that he does surprises me, and it shouldn’t surprise anybody. He’s a guy that’s worked very hard to get where he’s at.
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