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Players React to Bill O’Brien’s Departure

Amidst all the bickering last night, something really incredible happened.

When news finally broke about Bill O’Brien’s departure for the NFL, Twitter was predictably riddled with what are known as “hot takes” — knee-jerk opinions, irresponsibly rendered in the heat of the moment. I can’t say I didn’t have a few myself. In any case, a large chunk of the fan base was set on — in some cases, justifiably — slamming O’Brien for his decision to leave with three years left on his contract.

But one section of the Penn State community remained in lock-step solidarity. Although the news appeared to take them by surprise, nearly all of Bill O’Brien’s current and former players who were compelled to speak publicly had nothing but admiration and glowing words for their outgoing coach. Truthfully, it made me feel small.

Here’s what Penn State players had to say about their soon-to-be former coach (class year listed as 2013 eligibility):

Freshman TE Adam Breneman

Senior DT DaQuan Jones

 

Senior Center Ty Howle

Senior Safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong

 

Senior Guard John Urschel

Senior Tackle Adam Gress

 

Junior Safety Adrian Amos

 

 

Junior RB Bill Belton

 

Junior DE Brad Bars

 

Freshman RB Chip Chiappialle

 

 

Former KS Joe Marvin

Former QB Daryll Clark

 

Former WR Graham Zug

 

Sophomore TE Kyle Carter

 

Sophomore RB Akeel Lynch

Former LB Kyle Lucas

 

Junior G Miles Dieffenbach

 

Freshman LB Brandon Bell

Former Center Matt Stankiewicz

 

Junior LB Mike Hull

Freshman RB Brian Tomasetti

 

Sophomore CB Jesse Merise

 

 

Former T Quinn Barham

 

 

Senior Safety Malcolm Willis

 

 

Sophomore LB TJ Rhattigan

 

Junior WR Allen Robinson (gulp)

Sophomore WR Matt Zanellato

 

Sophomore LB Nyeem Wartman

Former CB Jesse Alfreno

 

Sophomore DE Deion Barnes

 

 

Freshman DT Austin Johnson

 

 

 

 

Freshman DE Curtis Cothran

 

 

Former DL Joe Hines

Former LB Michael Yancich

 

Junior G Bryan Davie

Freshman DT Derek Dowrey

 

Former WR Ryan Scherer

 

Sophomore TE Jesse James

Freshman DT Brian Gaia

 

Freshman WR Gregg Garrity

About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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