September 15, 2012 at 9:55 PM
Jordan Hill talks about the team's scheming to dunk Bill O'Brien with the water cooler after the game.
After hauling in an interception last week, Jordan Hill was hoping to make another catch against Navy.
This time, he wanted it to be on a ball thrown by one of his teammates.
Hill, a defensive tackle, lined up for two plays in Penn State's backfield as part of the team's goal line package. And though Hill — who was a fullback in high school — didn't touch the ball, he still liked playing on the other side of the ball.
"I love being on offense," Hill said. "It brought me back to my glory days in high school."
Both of Hill's offensive plays came on Penn State's first possession, the first being a rush by Michael Zordich that went for no gain. Hill was just used as a blocker on the play.
On the following snap, quarterback Matt McGloin rolled out on a bootleg and Hill was an eligible receiver in the endzone. He found freshman tight end Jesse James for a touchdown on the play, but Hill said he was thinking he might get a chance for a touchdown.
"The defender was near me, I stopped off," Hill said. "I was hoping Matt would realize, but he found Jesse already. Jesse made a good catch."
According to Hill, it was Bill O'Brien's idea to have him lineup in the backfield and the lineman has been working with the offense for about two weeks. Earlier in the week, O'Brien said there would be some new looks in the Nittany Lions' backfield and after the game he called Hill part of "that mystery running back committee."
Though he doesn't have any official touchdowns, Hill knows what his production has been like during practice.
"I know my stats, I had three touchdowns [at practice]," Hill said with a laugh.
Hill added he's been used in all sorts of looks at practice, including blocking, receiving and even rushing the ball a few times.
"I really like lead blocking, I was excited for that first play," Hill said. "The linebacker actually came down and cut me, he went straight for my legs, so I was a little upset about that. But we'll see how it goes."
In his natural position on the defensive line, Hill had three tackles and recovered a fumble against the Midshipmen.