September 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM
With Sean Stanley missing due to a back injury, C.J. Olaniyan made his first career start Saturday.
The defensive end made four tackles and broke up a pass as the Nittany Lions defense limited Temple to 237 total yards.
Olaniyan said he found out he was starting earlier in the week and noted he thought though he played alright, he wasn't fully satisfied.
"I missed a couple of opportunities, I see room for improvement," Olaniyan said. "But overall, I thought it was pretty good."
The redshirt sophomore's four tackles against Temple doubled his season total and he also made some plays as he dropped back in coverage to protect against throws in the flat.
"C.J. is a guy who works extremely hard in practice, another really good kid who is coached very well by [defensive line coach] Larry Johnson," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He had that tipped ball on the second to last drive which I thought was pretty neat, and set the edge in the running game pretty well. He played, from what I could see on the sideline, a tough, solid ballgame today."
O'Brien also gave an update on Stanley after the game. He said the senior, who has 11 tackles and a fumble recovery this season, will be back next week when Penn State travels to face Illinois in its conference opener.
"He should be good to go," O'Brien said. "We wanted to rest it because he was coming in every Sunday and it was flaring up. We felt like a week off would help him and get him ready for the Big Ten."