Nov 16, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Bill O

Bill O’Brien Press Conference Recap: Nebraska


Saturday is Senior Day in Beaver Stadium, and of course, the final home game of the 2013 season.  Bill O’Brien met with the media to preview the game, discuss his senior class, and uhh, selfies.

  • Other than the typical bumps and bruises, and the known season ending injuries, the team is in good health.  The same cannot be for the coaching staff, however.  Running backs coach Charles London will be in a walking boot for 4-6 weeks after breaking his foot jogging.
  • O’Brien was effusive in his praise of this year’s senior class.  Of course they had the opportunity to leave last summer, but they did not.  OB also mentioned how they took the torch from last year’s class and continued what that group started.  If you want to get some specific thoughts on some of the individual seniors, and there are plenty, check out the complete transcript at GoPSUSports.com.
  • 4 seniors with eligibility remaining will be introduced with the rest of the group Saturday.  Kyle Baublitz announced his decision last weekend, as he will be graduating in May, and pursuing a teaching career.  WR Alex Kenney will also be playing his final game in Beaver Stadium against Nebraska.  Tight end Matt Lehman will be introduced with the rest of the senior class, but it’s a “just in case” move as PSU waits to hear on his application for a 6th year due to his ACL injury suffered in the season opener.
  • The surprise of that group is tackle Gary Gilliam.  Gilliam got his own 6th year this summer, and looked to be the likely starter at right tackle in 2014.  Instead, Gilliam will move on following the season.  For what it’s worth, OB didn’t want to address any specifics of his situation.
  • Despite some struggles against the Boilermakers on kickoff returns, O’Brien doesn’t anticipate any personnel changes.  Instead, it’s on the coaches and players to correct mistakes from Saturday.
  • Matt McGloin of course made his first start on Saturday, leading the Raiders to a win behind his 3 TD performance.  O’Brien had a chance to watch the game, and was impressed with his 2012 QB.  As for NFL prospect Allen Robinson? OB isn’t discussing that. He did, however, relay his initial thoughts about ARob.  He thought he was going to be pretty good.
  • Adam Breneman caught his first touchdown pass on Saturday, and has become a bigger part of the offense in the last couple of weeks.  His coach sees a player improving by the week, despite dealing with a foot and ankle injury, in addition to continuing to get up to speed after last year’s ACL injury in high school.
  • Jordan Lucas and Malcolm Lewis have a bit of a unique celebration after a big play, involving Lucas taking a “selfie” of himself, then Malcolm.  As surprising as this is, the man that isn’t familiar with “Spacebook” appears to know what a selfie is.  In fact, he threatened to take one of his cornerback today.

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