Saturday, November 12, 2011
Nebraska-Penn State kickoff notes
By Brian Bennett
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Back to football. Finally.
Both teams went through normal workouts. I didn't see any signs of a Paterno tribute on the Penn State players' uniforms, wrist bands or shoes. But that could change when they come back out for kickoff.
Defensive line coach Larry Johnson and linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden will serve as co-defensive coordinators with Tom Bradley acting as head coach. Terrell Golden is working for the receivers with Mike McQueary on administrative leave and reportedly finished as a Nittany Lions coach.
For Nebraska (remember the Huskers?), guard Andrew Rodriguez didn't make the trip because of an undisclosed injury. Seung Hoon Choi will make the start in his place. Choi has started this season, and the Huskers play a lot of guys on the offensive line, so it shouldn't be much of an issue. Defensive lineman Chase Rome was banged up last week but practiced and should be good to go. Nebraska rarely operates in the shadows, but the focus has clearly been away from the Huskers this week.
Penn State had its bye last week, so the team is about as healthy as it could be at this point in the season. Backup running back Derek Day had his foot stepped on in practice this week and is not available, but he wasn't expected to contribute, anyway. The Nittany Lions' mental and emotional health is the real question.