The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 1, 2013

College football: 'Fantastic kid' Keiser sidelined for Penn State's Big Ten opener

'Fantastic kid' may be back for Michigan


"Then they have two good running backs, a good quarterback that's playing well, a couple of good receivers and good tight ends. They get you into situations where you're going to have to make plays in space. So handling the tempo, being able to tackle in space, and not give up a ton of explosive plays is a big part of the game plan."

Sanction relief

Holding his first press conference since the NCAA announced that it would gradually reduce Penn State's scholarship restrictions, O'Brien fielded only one question on the topic in the Beaver Stadium media room Tuesday. He held a teleconference after the news broke on Sept. 24, in which he stated that he is happy for his "players and our fans. I think that they're the best fans in the country. I feel good for the student body. Days like this, when scholarships are restored, is a good day for all those people."

At the press conference, he was asked what kind of impact the development has since had on his recruiting efforts.

"I think it's been positive," he replied. "I talked to a few (recruits). We're only allowed one phone call a week right now. It's positive news for Penn State. Our guys feel good about it, but we're focused on Indiana."

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