PSU Looks to Force Turnovers

PSU Looks to Force Turnovers

Nittany Lions rank second to last in the Big Ten in turnover margin.
UNIVERSITY PARK, CENTRE COUNTY - With just six caused turnovers this season Penn State is second to last in the Big Ten at forcing the other team to cough the ball up.
Head coach Bill O’Brien says creating more turnover opportunities is a big part of this week's preparation for Michigan.

“We do a lot of drills on that and coach it up,” O’Brien says, “and whether it's ball drills, interception drills, strip drills, fumble recovery drills, blocked punt drills, we drill it, and we need to do a better job in that area, no doubt about it.”

A turnover turn around requires more than just drills, though.
For the defense, it's about building a ball-hawking mentality.

“When we see a good play, somebody that's caught an interception or recovered a fumble in practice, hey, great job, and emphasize it and hopefully we'll start getting that turned around a little bit,” O’Brien says.

Michigan may be just the team to face to spark the 180.
Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner has thrown eight picks so far - the most in the Big Ten.
Penn State senior linebacker Glenn Carson says the key to forcing Gardner's hand is pressure between the tackles.

“When he gets out of the pocket, it gives him a chance to make a big play,” Carson says. “So we're just trying to contain the quarterback, play fundamental football, and just play hard.”

Overall, both the Nittany Lions and Wolverines are minus three in the turnover department this season.
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