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Sept. 18, 2010

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Head Coach Joe Paterno
Do you feel like your team made progress this afternoon?...
"I think we made some. We were a little more sound defensively. We hustled to the ball a little bit better. I thought the tackling overall was a little bit better. We still have a long way to go. We were vague in one spot and we went a little bit backwards in other spots. But I think if we keep working at it, we will end up being a decent football team. But we got a ways to go yet."

Was there any reason why Royster did not play a lot in the second half?...
"Well he is a senior and I think it's about time that we give some of these other kids a chance to get some experience. I thought (Stephon) Green did well when he was in there. We like (Silas) Redd and I've got to get him some playing time. When we get ahead and we are doing alright, I feel like we've got to play some of those kids."

Have you had any thoughts of possibly bringing in Kevin Newsome for some Wildcat?...
"There is only so much we can do right now. I didn't think (Rob) Bolden had a particularly good game. He took off running a few times, which I don't want him to do. I think he threw the ball a couple times to people he shouldn't have. But it's only the third ballgame he has played. So when you start to talk about 'Do you think you want to do this, or you think you want to do that,' yeah, we think about it. But we don't want to do anything right now that's going to be a big problem for him. We have a young tight end and we want to see what we are going to get him. As I mentioned, we played Green, we played Redd. So we are just trying to make progress, step-by-step. I thought we improved a little bit today."

On defense, you decided to start Pete Massaro and Sean Stanley. Why did you start them and how do you think Massaro did?...
"Jack Crawford got banged up a little a bit and so did Eric Latimore. So we played the other kids. I think Massaro did well. I think Massaro is going to be a good football player. Again, he is a freshman. Now Stanley played some last year. I'd like to see Stanley have a little more fire because he is one heck of an athlete. He actually should be doing more than what he is doing and he should be making more plays than he is. But Crawford didn't practice a couple days. We stuck him in there after they started to hurt us outside. That wasn't really the end's fault. Our linebackers were a little late getting over there a couple times. But I think Massaro and Stanley did a pretty good job."

Stephon Green played well. Does he have a shot to get more minutes?...
"Well I think everyone has got a shot. We've got a long, long way to go. We've got to do a lot better than what we've done so far. Green has had a problem in other years being durable. Knock on wood, I hope that's behind him so we can count on him going in there if something happens to Royster, he can carry the ball 12-15 times. That's something we weren't sure he could do and we're still not sure until we can get him in there and get him banged around a little bit to see if he can handle the bumps and the bruises."

How much improvement did you see in the secondary today?...
"I would have to look at the tapes. There were a couple things in there that bothered me. There were a couple guys in there that didn't play as well as I thought they could play. But I have to take a good look at the tapes and go over the personnel with the staff before I can be more definitive. There are some kids that obviously made some plays. We finally got a couple interceptions. We just have to anticipate a couple things better, make some things happen for ourselves and then we'll start to be a better football team."

Is Drew Astorino's shoulder injured again?...
"Yea, a little bit. He didn't practice for two days."

Today was Johnnie Troutman's first start at guard. Can you talk about his performance today?...
"Well John has earned that spot. He's like a lot of guys. That offensive line was not that good in the first half when we were running the football. In the second half we jumped all over them. I told them that they had to start knocking somebody off the ball. In the first half, we didn't knock anyone off the ball. All we did was angle blocking. Kent State is a good defensive football team. They are a solid team, well coached and they have a couple big players. Again, as I said earlier, I have to look at some tapes with the staff and see if there is a guy or two that we can put in there that can do a little better job than a couple other kids we played. But I'm not sure if that's going to happen."

Jay Paterno
Quarterbacks Coach
What are some of the things that slowed the offense late in the game?...
"We didn't make some of the third downs that we have made earlier in the year. I think we made the first five or six third downs of the game. They made a couple adjustments. They were pretty aggressive. We probably took our foot off the gas a little bit as well."

What do you say about quarterback Rob Bolden running the ball a couple of times today?...
"A couple he had no choice. They were passes and he took off and got some yardage. One was a read. They took the first option away and he took off with the ball. They weren't really designed runs called for him, it just happened that way. I think as we go he may need to run more."

Did it scare you at all when Rob Bolden got tackled?...
"He's tough. I don't worry about him being tough. We found that out last week. He's tough and he's a competitor, so I don't worry about him getting hit. He finally wore rib protectors today after last week. He didn't want to wear them. He came out to practice on Monday and had them and I said, "you figured it out, didn't you?"

Was the high use of the running game late a response to Rob Bolden's play or was it part of the game plan?...
"We just wanted to try and put ourselves in the position where we're going to run it and we're going to run it and we're going to run it. Let's see if we can run it. Kent State is a good defensive football team. (Against Boston College), it was 6-3 at the half. BC had all kinds of problems running the ball on them. We knew they were going to be tough. They put a lot of guys around the ball. They had a good blitz package. I told a couple of coaches in the elevator coming down, "they're a good defensive football team." They gave us some problems and we've got to execute a little better. But, it was more just to try and set a demeanor and say, "hey guys, we're going to run the football and let's see if we can do it."

Is the game more confusing for Bolden as it goes on?...
"The first interception was a bad call on my part. We were trying to get (Brett) Brackett down the middle and Brackett got held up. In that situation, with 40 seconds to go in the half and one timeout we probably should have called a screen or run the ball. If we get the first down, great, we go into two-minute (offense). If we don't, we just punt and take the punt. That's on me more than anything. The second one, he probably should have handed off. That's the one that the coach would say, "Hey, that's on you, not us." But still, that's on me coaching, ultimately."

Tom Bradley
Defensive Coordinator
[Head Coach Joe Paterno] said that [Eric] Latimore and [Jack] Crawford were banged up a little bit, was that the case?...
"Yeah those guys were a little dinged up so Pete [Massaro] and [Sean] Stanley got some more time today, and they deserved it. They played great against Alabama and they worked hard this week so [Assistant Coach Larry Johnson] wanted to give them the start."

Was it nice to get the takeaway early?...
"Yeah that set the tone. [D'Anton Lynn] did a great job baiting him on the throw and did a real good job handling that smash route for the interception."

Was it nice to get the shutout?...
"We are just trying to get better. We only care about getting the win, that's all we wanted today. We wanted to play better and play the whole game."

Head Coach Doug Martin
Coach's Opening Statement...
"We played a really good football team today. I was really proud of our effort especially on the defensive side of the ball. We played about as well as we could play and we put our defense in some tough situations with turnovers early in the game. Those turnovers were really the difference. To start the second half, we did not capitalize on anything. Again, I felt our kids played with a lot of passion and we played a really good football team. I do not know if there are many times we would have a chance to beat that team with the talent level they have. They are really well coached.

At times did this game feel closer than it actually was with the mistakes Penn State was making?...
"That was our goal to get it in the fourth quarter and have a chance. They are a really good defensive football team especially up front. They probably overmatched us a little bit on the defensive line, their two edge rushers especially. It was a well fought game and I thought we kept it close for a long time we just could not make any plays offensively to get points on the board to get us over the hump.

After their [Penn State] first two scoring drives did you make any adjustments?...
"No, it was just the speed of the game. They have some fast guys and early on our guys were just trying to get acclimated to the speed difference and what was going on, but I thought our defense really settled in well. We did not make adjustments on either side of the ball. We ran the ball much better than we have been, that was a positive. Again, we just could not make the big play for the touchdown."

Spencer Keith came into this game playing really well and then had his moments where he struggled. Was there anything going on with him that he was having those difficulties?...
"I was really disappointed with the way he played in the first half with the two interceptions. You know the first one was really a poor throw, but Penn State has a lot to do with that, too. They were getting a lot of pressure on him. They give you really tight windows to throw into and there is not a lot of space out there with the speed they have in the secondary, but Spencer can certainly play a little better than he did today."

Penn State Player Quotes
Devon Smith
Wide Receiver
Were you guys told that positions were up for grabs this week?...
"I didn't know anything about that. They don't tell us about doing those things, they just do it. You can see it in practice, like this week we got Justin [Brown] more reps, doing different things because he's a great player."

Talk about how comfortable you are coming out of the backfield...
"I'm very comfortable, I got hit the first time today, but the second time I almost scored I just had to make one person miss. This past practice I did a little drill with the running backs, but I expected to be lining up in the backfield a lot coming out of spring and fall practice. I came out of high school as a running back. I played it my whole life, so really when I came here I had to learn to play receiver."

Talk about your touchdown...
"It was just an over the top post. I got behind the cornerback. I was open and adjusted to the short pass, then made a guy miss and got to the end zone. I just had to make a guy miss and I made my blocker miss too, I juked him."

Devon Still
Defensive Tackle
Talk about the effort today...
"Coming off a loss you really like to see some fight and some fire, and I think we did that today. We made a lot of improvements from the Alabama game. This week in practice we really tried to fix those holes and be the dominant defense we can be."

How much of a lift is it for you guys to be able to get a stop right after an offensive turnover like you did today?...
"It's a big lift knowing we can stop something like that. We want to get the ball into our offense's hands as much as possible so they can build that score up as much as they can so we can just have fun playing football."

What did you think of the pass rush today?...
"I thought it was the best pass rush we've had all year. Like I said, we watched a lot of film, and we weren't getting a great pass rush before. One of our focal points in practice this week was getting that pass rush going, and I think we did a good job on it today."

Did the defensive line step up after coming under some scrutiny for not having a great pass rush the first couple games?...
"We heard a lot about the defensive line this week, about how important our play was, so we just wanted to go out there and show that we can play better. Like I said we're making improvements, but hopefully we can continue to get better."

Stephfon Green
Running Back
You're pretty happy with what you did today, obviously?...
"I'm a team player, I'm going to put my team first, I'm not worried about the minutes I get, I'm worried about the yards I need to get yards for this team to progress and keep our drive going and picking up first downs."

Are you the kind of guy that needs to carry the ball more to really get in a groove or can you just do it the way you have been doing it?...
"I'm a team player and when my team calls my number I'm going to fight for every inch I can get. It puts even more of an initiative into finishing and that is what I preached to the offensive line this week, we need to finish. From here on out, if we keep finishing, everything will progress."

Ollie Ogbu
Defensive Left Tackle
Were you expecting Pete Massaro to play this well?...
"Yes, usually when a guy tears an ACL, you usually watch to see how he comes back and Pete came back like nothing ever happened. He's one of the few guys you see the progress he's made and he doesn't limp around. You can't tell any difference because he's using his body like he was never hurt and he's not playing anxious or hesitant, which is a great thing."

What about Devon Still's progress from week one to now?...
"I don't want to sound like I told you so, but I keep telling you guys he's as good if not better than Jared Odrick was. We have guys who can come in and fill the role. The media went crazy on us saying we didn't have any sacks but now we're starting to get things moving and we're getting more comfortable. From here, the sky is the limit."

As a captain, what did you say to keep guys up?...
"To keep them up, tell them that it wasn't a conference game, and we can still win the Rose Bowl and Big Ten championship and we still have a lot to play for. There are nine games plus the bowl game left, that's a lot of football. Losing one game is not the end of the world, let's go for the Big Ten championship."

How encouraging was it to see turnovers and sacks?...
"It felt really good because we have a lot of pressure on our defense and especially defensive line. We practiced with a different tempo and that carried into the game."

D'Anton Lynn
Cornerback
What happened on your interception?...
"We were in a two-deep. I got up and I pressed one and then I turned my head and I was just reading two. I saw him coming out in the flat and I don't think the quarterback expected me to come out. It looked like he threw it right to me."

Have the coaches emphasized trying to get more turnovers?...
"I think they trust us a lot more this year, so they're letting me and Stephon (Morris) and Derrick (Thomas) go up and press sometimes. It just depends on what he calls."

Was it frustrating not having made an interception in the first couple of games?...
"We really didn't pay any attention to it. We wish we had, but we really didn't have the opportunity to. We knew we needed to do a better job of creating opportunities and we did a better job of that today."

Pete Massaro
Defensive End
At what point this week did you know you would be starting?...
"It was kind of decided after Wednesday practice because Coach (Larry Johnson) kind of grades how we do during the week and then he makes a decision from there. So, I knew from Wednesday."

How was this week of practice different?...
"It was a tough week but we deserved a tough week. We missed a lot of tackles last week. There were a lot of things that we didn't do that we should have done. We were trying to fix them and get ourselves straight during practice this week."

Is starting a big deal on the defensive line considering you rotate so much?...
"I guess it's not as big of a deal as other positions. Coach (Larry Johnson) likes to rotate guys and keep everybody fresh. I think it's beneficial to us overall."

How does it feel to be able to make a difference after being injured last season?...
"I knew I had the ability but the injury was kind of a big setback. Every day I just thought about football, worked towards getting back and worked towards helping this team to be successful."

Derek Moye
Wide Receiver
Talk about the offense's fast start. The offense was clicking early on...
"Yeah I think that's something we want to do from the start, is to just go out there and get a fast start and put a few points on the board - get some confidence in the offense and you know just go out there and play our game."

What about Rob Bolden. He seemed to bounce back, had those two turnovers, but a nice, solid effort..
. "Yeah he definitely bounced back. He's progressing every week and he's getting better, coming back from mistakes and making the right reads and getting the ball to us receivers."

Next week you have another MAC team in Temple. Talk about getting ready for them...
"I don't really know much about the team right now as far as personnel, but they're a well-coached team and they're going to come in here - a scrappy group, too - and we're going to have a good game with those guys."

So many wide receivers to pass to - is it hard to get a rhythm?...
"No, I don't think so at all. I think that helps us. They can't key in on one guy, they can't focus on one person so they've got to worry about everybody so it helps us as a whole group."

Johnnie Troutman
Guard
How would you assess your overall play today?...
"I think I played well, well enough to win. I made a couple of mistakes out there mentally, a couple of physical mistakes, but I'll look at the film on Monday and figure those things out and try to get better."

Was today a little easier not having to rotate with DeOn'tae (Pannell)?...
"I didn't know we weren't rotating so I just went out there and played the best I can."

How did it feel to get the start?...
"It felt good being the first starter; it always feels good when you can be that guy to take the first snap. It felt good. I started other games last year, so I know the feeling. I just had to go with the flow and do what I do and just perform."

Stefen Wisniewski
Guard
How about the guy you're blocking for - (Evan) Royster. Are you guys getting worried about him?...
"I mean he's a great back, and I think he's going to get it together. I think probably he's a just strung a little bit because he's not getting as many carries as he used to and we're spreading it around a little bit and probably making it tougher for him to get into his game a little bit."

How about the offense. You got two quick touchdowns and struggled a little bit. How would you rate the offense?...
"I think we're getting better, but still certainly a ways to go. We've really got to stop turning the ball over. That's killing us and penalties, penalties - probably only had one, but it was a seven point penalty - we can't afford that. And eliminating those mistakes, I think we'll put a lot more points up if we can do that."

From preseason, did you expect that the carries would be spread this much?...
"You know it was hard to tell, but I think the emergence of Silas Redd, showing how good he is, kind of gave us three legitimate backs to carry the ball so we kind of saw that coming a little bit."

That hit by Bolden on the defensive back - can you talk a little bit about that?...
"Yeah, that's awesome. I mean you love seeing a quarterback that's tough and that's kind of a way to let everyone know that he might look a little bit skinny, but he can hit you if he wants to."

Where would you rate the offense after three games?...
"I feel like we're in the B range maybe. If I'm a teacher, which I am, then that's the grade. We're above average, but not quite working at full capacity yet."

 

 

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