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Penn State Football: Bill O'Brien Press Conference Highlights

by on September 17, 2013 7:33 PM

Injury Update:

"On the injury situation, really it's just a matter of bumps and bruises with most everybody. I would say the one guy that is day-to-day would be Michael Hull.  He's sore.  Yesterday, Monday, he was sore.  We're going to have to watch him in practice and see how he does.

 "Everybody else is just basically normal for the fourth week of the season.  There's no major injuries.  We'll have to keep an eye on that."

 Geno Lewis On Kick Returns:

"I think on that particular return, he had decent blocking. What he did on that thing is he made a decision. He didn't stutter step at all. Listening to the radio coming home, I heard Derrick Williams on this radio show, fantastic player here, great guy, great kick returner. One of the things he said about the kick returner himself is, he said, you can't stutter step, you have to hit it, make one cut and go. He is exactly right.

"On that particular one, that's what Geno did. That's what we have to continue to develop. The guys need to block a little bit better around him. There was a lot of improvement on that. So hopefully that will continue."

Defensive End Deion Barnes' Production:

"I think you have to look at the film closely on that. I think he's playing with great effort. He's an excellent player. I believe people are running away from him. I think that people are giving the (offensive) tackles help in protection with him. I would, too.

"We've got to do things to move him around and help him out a little bit. We will and we have. But Deion to me is playing well. I'm glad he's on our team, I can tell you that."

Improving As A Team After A Loss:

"I mean, losing is brutal. You do not want to lose. It's just not a good feeling.

"But what you have to do as a coach and as a player in this sport is you have to immediately pick yourself right back up. I allow them maybe 12 hours of a mourning period, then they have to pick themselves back up because you have an opponent on the horizon that is a good opponent.

"What I've learned from these kids is they are resilient. They come into the office on Sunday on their own. That's their day off. They're watching film, getting treatment and are ready to go on Monday.

"What you can learn from a loss is we lost to a team that's a good team. We didn't play our best; they played very well. In order for us to beat that team last week we had to play a lot better. We understand both from a coaching standpoint and a playing standpoint what we need to do better.

"Those are good things. You can really see where you need to improve. Hopefully that's what we do. Hopefully we learn from it and we move on and we do the best we can to get a win this week."

The Play Of A Young Cornerback Group:

 "They learned a lot last week. They had their share of good plays and they had their share of not-so-good plays.

"Start with (Jordan) Lucas. I think he's a really, really good player. He's tough, strong, got good size, good ball skills. He made his share of mistakes on Saturday, but he also made some real good plays. Had a great tackle on the five-yard line one of their drives. Fantastic kid. He'll get better and better and better because he works extremely hard.

"I can say the same thing for Trevor Williams. He's just a fantastic kid. Just like all of us, made his share of mistakes on Saturday. Has come back to work on Monday. He worked really hard. He'll get better and better and better.

"Remember, he was a receiver last year. It's really only his third game at corner. No excuse; we expect these guys to go out and play well, but these are young guys. Jordan Lucas, second year in the program. He didn't play a whole lot last year.

"There's a lot of improvement to make but there's a lot of good plays he made, too."

Role With The Defense:

"I'm very involved with the defense. I'm in their meetings. What I do on offense is I meet with the offensive staff early in the morning, then I go to the defensive staff meeting. With the kids, I install the offensive game plan early in the week. As the week goes on, the coaches run those meetings.

"I can get in the defensive meeting. I have a ton of confidence in our staff on both sides of the ball. We have a fantastic group of coaches here. But I'm involved with all areas. I do a deal at the end of the week where I call special teams, offense and defense with the whole team. I'm involved with all facets of it."



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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