University Park, Centre County—Penn State's defense is enjoying some time in the spotlight after another strong performance versus Purdue. They should enjoy it, they've earned it. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, not much has changed for the offense. Coach Joe Paterno says the two quarterback system he is using with Sophomore Robert Bolden and Junior Matt McGloin is alright and that he couldn't pick between the two at this point. Penn State is 6-1 and plays at Northwestern at 7pm on the Big Ten Network Saturday Night.
The following is the entire transcript for Coach Paterno's weekly press conference:
Joe Paterno News Conference October 18, 2011
Q. Joe, you're one win from tying Eddie Robinson. Can you share your thoughts about him and what he meant to college football?
COACH PATERNO: I knew Eddie. I wasn't intimate in the sense that we spent time together. He and I appeared before a Congressional delegation when they were in the process of trying to figure out what to do with television (college football package). I got to know Eddie a little bit. Then we talked a couple times.
He was a delightful person. He obviously did a fantastic job at Grambling. When you think about when he started, he was 24 years old when he was a head coach. He was really a great guy.
When there was no place for the black athlete, what he and Jake Gaither did with Grambling and Florida A&M was something special. I think Eddie was a great guy.
Q. My question is about Silas Redd. He's carried the ball a lot the last three games. Are you worried if you continue to use him like that about him wearing down?
COACH PATERNO: I think he carried the ball, what, 28, 29 times last week? Yeah, I've told the staff, in fact, I'm worried about six or seven guys. (Quinn) Barham played 90 something plays because we're using some of those guys on special teams.
When we talked Sunday, I said, "Make sure when you watch your kids. If they look tired, let me know and maybe we got to start taking a little time off practice."
So, I am concerned about that. But not only Silas. There are a couple of kids out there that are playing a lot of football.
Q. Are you surprised that Northwestern has had such a tough start to the season so far? What has stood out to you about them on film?
COACH PATERNO: Well, when you look at them, at times they look as good as anybody. They have such an explosive offensive football team. They've had some bad luck. But, you know, they look like we have looked on different occasions in the sense that they hurt themselves.
But they're a very explosive football team. When you look at them, you get the feeling, "Hey, these guys can beat anybody." I think I'm right on that. I think they really are a good looking team.
I think Pat Fitzgerald has done a great job coaching them. They play with intensity, enthusiasm. As I said, they've got some people that can really explode. The quarterback (Dan Persa), who is a Pennsylvania kid, as most of you know, is one of the better quarterbacks in the country. First two games when they didn't do very well, he was hurt. But since then they've put a lot of points on the board.
Q. Your quarterback, Matt McGloin, said after the game that he took a few hits, including one to the head. Has he been practicing, and what is his condition?
COACH PATERNO: Well, he practiced yesterday. I guess he's okay. He got cracked in the head? Well, I didn't see it, to be frank with you. As I said, he was out there yesterday working, so I'm assuming he's okay.
Q. I wanted to ask you about tight end Andrew Szczerba. He's had a tough time off the field the past year. He struggled it seems lately a little bit on the field at times. Have you sat him down and talked to him at all about all this? How is he doing?
COACH PATERNO: I haven't talked to him yet. Bill Kenney, who works with the tight ends, has talked to him.