Update: April 12
While you spend this spring looking at the position battles and figuring out who should end up making the two-deep depth chart, coach O'Brien is trying to manage the roster. Due to scholarship reductions, the Nittany Lions are working with fewer players than most schools, which make things extremely challenging in the depth department.
"Our best players in the fall need to play well and we need to do a great job, especially me, of keeping them healthy,'' O'Brien said.
"And that'll be the goal.''
O'Brien goes on to say that remaining healthy the next three seasons is the most important part of this football team. With limited players at it is, injuries are the last thing this team can avoid moving forward.
Update: April 9
Wonder if Penn State has made any progress on the quarterback position? The answer is no. According to
"Both guys are athletic, bright guys, and they're competitive and working hard at it," O'Brien said when asked about the two-horse race between sophomore Steven Bench and junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson.
Update: April 1
Click here to see linebacker Glenn Carson talk about what he thinks of the Nittany Lions defense. (H/T Jeff Rice of 247Sports)
Update: March 19
The top early enrollee is tight end Adam Breneman, but nobody knew if he was fully recovered from an ACL injury he suffered last season. Head coach Bill O'Brien helped clear that up and Audrey Snyder of pennlive reported that he is good to go this spring.
“As of right now it sounds like he’s good to go,” O’Brien said at a National Football Foundation news conference Sunday afternoon. “We’re looking forward to him.”
As for the names on the back of the jerseys, O'Brien isn't sure if they will stay or if the Nittany Lions will return to tradition by removing them. Audrey Snyder of pennlive reported that the coach is going to leave it a mystery until the regular season opener.
“Every year it will be different,” he said. “I think you’ll have to wait until the Syracuse game to see what the names are or what they’re not.”
Update: March 18
Head coach Bill O'Brien recently sat down with Adam Rittenberg of ESPN and answered several questions about the things he is looking forward to in spring practice. As for the quarterback position, he doesn't want any of the potential candidates to be distracted by the outside world:
I was talking to them, and I said, 'Look, I just want you guys to put your head down and go to work. Don't worry about what everybody else on the outside of the program thinks about your performance, whether it's in scrimmages or the Blue-White Game or whatever it is. Just try to get better every single day.' These are two really, really good kids. They're smart, they work hard at it, they're grasping it pretty well to this point. We're pretty excited about getting started with them. I don't want them to think about anything other than trying to improve and be as good a leader as they can be.
In the same report by Rittenberg, O'Brien talks about the quarterback position, potential position changes and what the defense is going to look like under John Butler.
O'Brien also told Adam Rittenberg of ESPN, that he feels really good about this football team, and despite a few concerns with depth, he likes the players that are still on the roster and those competing for playing time:
We feel really good about our depth. O'Brien told ESPN.com on Friday. Is it exactly the way we would want it? No. We were only able to sign a certain amount of guys, but at the same time, we've got a lot of quality, tough [players]. I really enjoy this football team, being around these kids.