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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State head coach James Franklin met with members of the media following practice Wednesday evening at the Lasch Football Building during Indiana week. Linebacker Jason Cabinda followed Franklin with a media session to preview Saturday's matchup.
Cabinda noted that Penn State practices have largely been up tempo in an effort to keep practices tougher than situations presented on game day.
"It's hard to simulate it on the scout team so we started today instead of going two minute, we changed the plans up and did a tempo period, offense versus defense and not really the way our tempo is, fast, we have the ability to do that although we don't do that very often," Franklin said. "We did that in practice today against the one defense and against the two, not for very long but just to get a little bit of that before Saturday."
For Cabinda, Penn State's increased speed on defense has certainly made a difference this year.
"It's a lot easier to squeeze the air out of things," Cabinda said. "Nowadays a lot of your runs and plays are to the outside, out to the perimeter and now we have the speed to get out there. A lot offenses aren't really running that up the middle, fullback, a lot of offenses are going away from that. So right now, having the speed that we have and having guys who can cover and also play well in the run game is a huge advantage."
Cabinda's Thoughts on
Like most Nittany Lions, Cabinda is thrilled for the white cleats, just one piece of Saturday's Generations of Greatness uniform.
"I'm happy we're able to do it this year," Cabinda said. "It's a nice switch up. When they first unveiled the uniforms and they had Josh [McPhearson] as the model for it and he came into the team room, I think everybody went crazy it was pretty cool."