Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

O'brien Meets His New Team

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

O'brien Meets His New Team

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --

New Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien met with his team Sunday for the first time and two of last season's offensive mainstays were enthusiastic following the session.

Redshirt junior quarterback Matt McGloin and sophomore tailback Silas Redd said they liked what they heard about the offense O'Brien plans to install with the Nittany Lions. He also will call the plays.

"We're going to do a lot of things differently on offense and I can't wait to be part of it," McGloin said.

"I am excited," said Redd, who led Penn State in rushing last season. "He broke down each position on the offensive side of the ball and gave us all the information we needed. The offense is going to be completely different."

The meeting at the Lasch Football Building lasted 45 minutes, and O'Brien joked with an unidentified player who wore a No. 7 Ben Roethlisberger Steelers jersey to the meeting.

Afterward, O'Brien left to rejoin the New England Patriots, where he will continue to serve as their offensive coordinator through the NFL playoffs.

O'Brien, who has directed a Tom Brady-led Patriots offense that scored an AFC-best 513 points this season, will work closely with all of Penn State's quarterbacks -- McGloin, sophomore Rob Bolden, redshirt freshman Paul Jones, from Sto-Rox High School, and redshirt junior walk-on Shane McGregor.

"Offensively, we will be a game plan offense," O'Brien said Saturday at his introductory news conference. "The offensive philosophy will be to find out what our players do best, and we'll get going on that as soon as we can, by film evaluation and getting to know our players, and put them in position to take advantage of these strengths."

O'Brien inherits a defense that finished No. 20 overall in the country.

"Defensively, we will continue the great tradition of defenses that have gone before us here," he said. "It will be a multiple defense. It will be a defense that's creative, and it will be a defense that creates multiple looks for the offense. …

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