October 31, 2012 at 1:57 PM
Bill O'Brien had a rare Wednesday press conference as it was pushed back a day due to Hurricane Sandy. The first-year head coach discussed moving on from Penn State's loss to Ohio State in a Halloween session with the media. The Nittany Lions head to Purdue this weekend in search of their sixth win.
Looking to West Lafayette
-O'Brien was asked a few times about the Ohio State contest, but he kept his focus on the Boilermakers.
"We've moved on from Ohio State, we've moved on to Purdue. Hopefully we corrected those mistakes in practice…we turned the page on Monday."
-He noted the team was practicing with great effort in its first two days.
-After the loss to the Buckeyes, O'Brien said he needs to do a better job. Wednesday, he said he is always evaluating himself.
"I try to do a good a job every day to self critique…That's every single day, whether we win or we lose, I'm trying to figure out what I can do better."
-O'Brien called redshirt freshman tight end Kyle Carter "day-to-day" with a foot injury.
-Carter hurt his left foot when he scored a late touchdown against Ohio State, and is listed as probable on the team's injury report.
-O'Brien said if Carter can't go against the Boilermakers, tight ends Garry Gilliam, Matt Lehman and Jesse James will step into increased roles.
-On the Big Ten coaches conference call Tuesday, O'Brien called his team's kick returns against Ohio State "terrible." At his press conference, O'Brien said it's something the whole unit needs to work on.
"It's a little bit of everything. It's the blockers, it's the scheme, it's 11 guys working together. …When you're starting drives inside the 20-yard line, the 15-yard line, it's hard to drive the ball in the Big Ten."
-O'Brien said sophomore kicker Sam Ficken has been dealing with a quad injury lately and the coaching staff is monitoring his distance during practice.
-The team was impacted by the winds and rains of Hurricane Sandy. O'Brien said the team practiced inside Holuba Hall on Monday and yesterday, but at least part of Wednesday's practice will be outdoors.
-There are multiple players who are from the New Jersey and New York area, and O'Brien said players' families are "OK." He added his and the team's thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the storm.
-O'Brien talked about the intensity that strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald brings, and was asked about the coach's pregame ritual of doing the worm.
"Fitz is a very flexible guy, he's a guy who's always been known for his dance moves. I'm going to recommend him for Dancing With the Stars."