Joe Paterno stepped to the mic this afternoon to bask in the glory of a Penn State football victory. Against the worst team in the Big Ten. But on the road. And after a humiliating homecoming loss to Illinois. He talked. We listened. You read (or drink) (or both)(or whatever you do best with Joe Paternoisms). Let's get it on....
Joe started out giving a typical 'I don't have an MD after my name' answer about Robert Bolden's apparent head injury. He 'guesses' he's not going to make it, but advised that although he failed the memory tests given to him on Sunday, they were going to test him again today. If Bolden does not go, Matt McGloin ('poor kid, I always kill his name') and Kevin Newsome will compete this week in practice. He also commended Mike McQueary for his insistence that Bolden take the injury time on the field. When pressed for comment on Bolden's performance pre-injury, he said:
Joe was very diplomatic regarding the running back stable, when asked about Silas Redd. After noting that Royster was the first stringer, he added that they 'like' both Green and Redd very much. However, when later asked point blank to talk about Royster's career and what he has meant to the program he succinctly replied: 'he's done a good job.'
Regarding Injuries, Joe confirmed that Andrew Szerba (back) and Curtis Drake (knee) are out for the year (and he thought that had already been made clear), and that Newsome (knee, illness) should be fine and ready to compete in practice this week.
Joe used the question about using Daquan Jones and Jordan Hill at defensive end to comment on the toughness of the Big Ten this year, 'tougher than I ever remember it being.' And inclusive of better quarterbacks across the board than in years past. Including this week's opponent, the Michigan Wolverines. He noted he was glad it was a home game ('thank God it's not on the road'), and hopes it 'will be fun.' About Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, he said:
He also took typical umbrage to a reporters notion that Penn State 'does not start well,' changing the question to 'whether we're ready to play 60 tough minutes, and don't make a lot of mistakes.'
Later, he noted he was indeed concerned that the defense has given up 830 yards the past two games, and cracked wise about Chaz Powell's PR machine when asked about Chazz's playing time this week. While Lions247 reports that he is 'hearing that' Chaz Powell will start in place of Stephon Morris at CB opposite D'Anton Lynn, JoePa was typically less committal, but did note that Morris had a tough day.
Lastly, Joe was asked about Juniata High School football coach Gary Klingensmith, a former Penn Stater who has been coaching there nearly as long as Joe has been the head coach at PSU. And Joe was much more effusive than he was with a similar question about Bear Bryant earlier this year. Quote included because these are my very favorite parts of Joe Paterno press conferences: