O'Brien Prepares to Face Mentor

By Jacob Kaucher

Published 09/10 2013 07:11PM

Updated 09/10 2013 07:20PM

UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - This week's game against an unbeaten Central Florida team looks like the toughest test on Penn State's non-conference schedule.
And the Knights are led by someone who knows PSU head coach Bill O’Brien quite well.
George O’Leary was O’Brien's boss and mentor for eight years at Georgia Tech.

“Certainly, I've kept in touch with Coach O'Leary over the years,” O’Brien says. “Neither one of us are real big phone guys. Probably the most I learned from Coach O'Leary, though, is when I worked for him.”

The coaching traits O’Brien credits to working for O’Leary including organization and work ethic along with a toughness from his team on the field.
On offense the physicality for Penn State starts up front with the O-line.
The group paved the way for 251 rushing yards and five ground scores against Eastern Michigan, but O’Brien says more overall consistency is still needed from the big fellas.

“I know we can play better,” O’Brien says of his offensive line. “I think the guys understand that.  We hold our offensive line to a very high standard here at Penn State, and you know those guys know they can play better, and we expect them to.”

On the defensive side of the ball the Nittany Lions expect to get two linebackers back.
Mike Hull and Ben Kline should be able to play Saturday according to O’Brien after missing the Eastern Michigan game due to injury.

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