Scout.com managed to land impromptu interview with Joe Paterno as the team was leaving practice. It's encrypted in Paternese as usual. But as I've mentioned before you all are lucky that I happen to speak Paternese.
This is good news. I'll sleep a little better tonight.
Translation: There is no clear backup right now, but we could put anyone back there and do well because Derrick Williams and Deon Butler are that good.
Translation: Are you guys crazy? Why don't I just save you the time and FedEx our playbook to Notre Dame and Ohio State? Of course we're going to play some 3-4, but I'm not going to tell YOU that.
Translation: Was I the only one at the 2002 Nebraska game? Remember we put in a freshman named Michael Robinson at running back. He had four carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns. Nobody saw it coming. You think I'm going to tell you which players Notre Dame and Ohio State should be on the lookout for?
"Once we get through this week, it'll be OK," Paterno said. "When you have a game to look forward to, and you can start to zero in, it's different."
Translation: I'm pumped for this season. I like my team. We're going to shock more than a few people this year.