Weekly Press Conference
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Monday, Nov. 5, 2012
S r., Linebacker, Madisonville, Texas
On what he has seen so far from Penn
State's offense and what they have been able to do
"From what I have seen, I think their tempo is not super fast. It allows us to regain our thoughts and keep composure, especially when the moments heat up. I think you have a chance to calm down before each play, so that is a good thing. I think teams like this have been where we are most successful."
On how much shifting and motioning he
thinks they will do to try to confuse Nebraska before the snap
"I think the offenses do a good job of scheming against us and knowing that a lot of times we get out of things in certain formations. So, a lot of teams we have faced this season have started in those formations that have allowed us to get out our defense and then get back to whatever they are going to run. I'm not sure what the scheme is like, but (Coach) Bo (Pelini) always does a good job of noticing that and he knows that's how teams try to attack us. We usually have checks that play through. I'm sure Bo will do a great job at the scheme, and making sure we execute our defense."
On the pressure on linebackers when a team
uses their tight end as much as Penn State does
"Just like each week, it's getting your eyes in the right place, reading your keys, and making sure you don't miss your keys. Being on top of where you need to keep your eyes is definitely important."
On whether or not he will be in pass
coverage a lot for the next game and how comfortable he is playing pass coverage
"I'm not sure, meetings are at 1:45 p.m. today. I'm not 100% sure what the plans are. It is definitely a part of my game that I need to work on. I need to sit down and talk to Coach (Ross) Els about. It definitely needs to be a focus of mine, just making sure that I get my eyes in the right place, and end up in the right place, because covering passes is not a strength of mine."
On how Penn State's average of four, fourth
down attempts per game changes the mindset of the defense
"It's just playing until the whistle blows and having discipline with your eyes, because if not, a tight end or fullback can easily sneak out the back and gain two or three yards."
On whether or not P.J. will hear the end of
it after the hit he took from Le'Veon Bell and whether or not they have
replayed it in film
"I don't think he's heard the end of it. I made a joke in the lockerroom this morning that his Dad took his jersey off in the stands once he got ran over like that. He hasn't heard the end of it, but like I told him, it's part of the game. He's a big physical back, and it happens to the best of us. You have to shake it off. His excuse is that he tackled him though. He took the bad end of the deal, but we just move on from it I guess. We watched it on the plane six or seven times. P.J. has not heard the end of it; I can guarantee you that."
On what the defenses mindset is when they
know they are down two scores
"Yes, we had big plays we had given up, but when it mattered we had those big 3-and-outs at the end of the game. It's just knowing that you have to be that difference maker, and you have to really focus on getting the offense the ball back. Without it we wouldn't have that comeback, but it's not about who gets the attention or who makes the plays. It's about getting the win. It gives us more confidence to know that if we get the ball back for the offense that they will score."