Captains Announced, QBs Still Up in the Air
Just days until the Nittany Lions take the field against Youngstown State, coach Paterno has yet to announce a starting quarterback; however, seniors Ollie Ogbu and Brett Brackett have shown enough leadership to be voted captains for 2010.
Paterno is saying the coaches are as uncertain as ever in selecting a quarterback, but it is likely that a combination of two, or even three, quarterbacks will be used this Saturday.
“We’ll probably make up our mind in the next day or two as to whom will start. But, we’ll probably play a couple of kids. I mean, you just don’t know what you’re going to get because none of them have really been in a lot of pressure, so we’ll see what happens,” Paterno said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
Rumors have been circulating that sophomore Kevin Newsome and freshman Robert Bolden have been seeing more first team reps than redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin, but expect all three to see playing time this Saturday.
Players also voted on captains this week, selecting defensive tackle Ogbu as the defensive captain and slot receiver Brackett as the offensive captain.
Always known as a high character athlete, Ogbu has been a pivotal a piece to the defensive over the past three seasons. He is expected to earn his fourth varsity letter in 2010.
Brackett, however, may not be as well known. After being recruited as a quarterback, Brackett has been a jack of all trades on the offensive side of the ball for the Nittany Lions. He has spent most of his time at the wide and slot receiver positions, but due to injuries Brackett may be asked to play tight end and also H-back at times this year. The 6-foot-6 athlete has proven he is willing to do whatever for his team.
On a side note, the offensive coaches have decided to move cornerback/wide receiver Chaz Powell back to the offensive side of the ball. A lingering neck injury to running back Stephfon Green, the injury to Curtis Drake, along with the uncertainty regarding tight end Andrew Szczerba has opened up spots on offense. However, Paterno hinted Powell could still see time at defensive back under the right circumstances.
“We’ve needed somebody over there that could do some of the things those guys could do. Not only be running backs, good receivers, guys that could maybe make something happen,” said Paterno. “We know we’re going to have to start with a new tight end and so forth. So, we’ve had to make some adjustments, and Powell is working his way into that. But, he’s a very, very talented athlete.”