November 13, 2012 at 1:33 PM
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien addressed the media on Tuesday ahead of the Nittany Lions' clash with Indiana on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
- O'Brien said Penn State had a good practice. He told players that he appreciated that they came back to work so quickly.
- Tight end Kyle Carter will be out for the rest of the season, according to the coach. O'Brien declined to elaborate on the extent of Carter's injury. "He's a young player who came in here and learned a very tough position to learn after quarterback [...] As a young player, I thought he came in here and did a really nice job."
- O'Brien on second half struggles: "I don't know. That's more of a discussion for after the season. We can do better things coaching, I'm sure [...] In the offseason, we're really going to dive into this thing and scout ourselves and see if we can improve, but we need to do a better job after halftime."
- O'Brien said Sam Ficken has improved with the placement of his plant foot. "There's a lot of credit you have to give to him, because he's really worked at it. When you start to kick better and better, you get more confident."
- O'Brien on McGloin's postgame Nebraska comments: "At the end of the day, it's a free country, and Matt [McGloin] can say what he wants."
- O'Brien is not focused on NFL job openings this season.
- O'Brien said Zwinak definitely surpassed where he was after spring practice. As injuries occurred, Zwinak stepped up. "We definitely had a much different team after the blue-white game than we do today [...] He really did a nice job doing what we coached him to do. He's a tough kid. He can run. He's faster than a lot of guys think he is. He's a punishing runner." O'Brien added that Zwinak can get better at ball security.
- O'Brien on NCAA removing clothes from website: "No one is against Penn State."
- "There's no time for bands when you play the Jets." O'Brien said halftimes in the NFL are a lot shorter than college. He said it took him some getting used to.
- Bill O'Brien on the seniors: "The great thing about this [senior] class is there are a lot of guys you don't hear about. I don't think we talk enough about Stank or Farrell or Massaro or Stephon Morris."
- On his own NFL stock: "I'm flattered you even ask me that question."
-O'Brien said safety Malcolm Willis is "day-to-day" after his injury at Nebraska and that he "did some things" yesterday.