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Recap of JoePa's radio show

October 2, 2008 - Cory Giger

Joe Paterno's weekly radio show could not be heard Thursday on ESPN Radio 1430 WVAM because the station was carrying the MLB playoffs. Here's a recap of what Paterno talked about:

* On how good his team is, Paterno said: "Right now we're at that stage where people are telling us we're pretty good, and I'm getting nervous about that. I think we've got a long way to go to be the kind of football team we're going to have to be."

* WR Jordan Norwood (hamstring) is still questionable for Saturday's game against Purdue. Norwood missed the Illinois game. Unlike the NFL, where every team has to give an accurate injury report, college football coaches don't have to reveal which players may be hurt. That's why no one talked about Norwood going into last week's game. "Why let the other people know that you're going to be without one of your better players?" Paterno said.

* A.J. Wallace and Lydell Sargeant are "neck and neck," Paterno said for the starting cornerback job. Sargeant has started the first five games but was pulled for ineffectiveness in favor of Wallace against the Illini.

* DT Ollie Ogbu (hamstring) should be OK to play.

* Paterno said he is not considering a scenario where LBs Navorro Bowman and Bani Gbadyu will be on the field together. That means Josh Hull will continue to start and play a lot. If the Lions go to a nickel package, it will be Hull and Bowman, with Tyrell Sales coming out.

* Paterno talked about how he's come to appreciate the spread offense. He didn't think it would work in the Big Ten when Joe Tiller took over at Purdue in 1996, but now JoePa sees the value in it. He did note, however, that teams have to be able to run the ball when it gets down to the "nitty-gritty."

* Paterno likes the new 40-second clock in college football. He said it gives teams more time to get plays in.

* On Purdue's running attack: "They run the ball well. [Kory] Sheets is a heck of a back."

* "We have not been careful with the football," Paterno said, talking about fumbles.

* Asked why Daryll Clark didn't play more last year, Paterno again repeated how Jay Paterno wanted that. JoePa, though, said, "I wouldn't second guess myself with that one" about sticking with Anthony Morelli.

* Paterno called the White Out crowd "superb" and raved about the fan support. "It's really fun to be part of it. Our football team appreciates it."

* Areas of improvement, according to JoePa:

1. Protect the ball

2. Force more turnovers

3. Better ball reaction

4. Stay on blocks longer

5. Better timing on certain plays


Article Comments



Oct-03-2008 4:42 PM

"Illini." You couldn't spell the rest of it out?!?!


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