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O'Brien: Carter 'day-to-day'

Hurricane or no hurricane, Bill O'Brien wanted to move on from Saturday's lopsided loss as quickly as possible.

Bill O'Brien wants to see improved play from Penn State's kick return team.

"We've got to go back to playing fundamental, sound football," O'Brien said Tuesday on the Big Ten Coaches Teleconference. "We've got to do a great job in practice this week of preparing our players, getting back out there and competing better than we did, as a coaching staff and as players, against Ohio State."

As heavy rain and wind raged outside, the Nittany Lions practiced Monday in Holuba Hall and will most likely practice there again this afternoon, O'Brien said. He liked the workmanlike approach his players took after the humbling 35-23 defeat to the Buckeyes.

"They were ready to go," O'Brien said. "We have a great senior class. They realize they only have four opportunities left. It all starts with that leadership. I believe these guys have put that game behind them. We all have. We started that process yesterday."

The Nittany Lions might be moving forward without one of their top offensive weapons. Tight end Kyle Carter, who injured his left ankle near the end of the Ohio State game, is "day-to-day," O'Brien said, not adding whether or not he saw any work at Monday's practice.

"We'll know more at the end of the week," he said.

Penn State will visit a struggling Purdue team that's been outscored by an average of 19 points in its first four Big Ten games, all losses. The Boilermakers appear to be changing quarterbacks this week, setting Caleb TerBush in favor of Robert Marve. O'Brien believes Purdue's offense will present a challenge, though.

"The thing you have to do when you play an offense like Purdue is play well within the framework of your defense," he said. "You've got to play well on third down. They're going to have things on third down that maybe you haven't seen on tape."

Like the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes, the Boilermakers like to change the tempo with no-huddle looks.

"We've played a lot of no-huddle teams this year and our defense goes against our own no-huddle in practice," O'Brien said. "Hopefully our defense can get up to speed on that on the tempo and hopefully be ready to go as far as the tempo goes.

O'Brien wants to see improved play from his kickoff return team, which he said was "terrible" against the Buckeyes. Various players will compete for the return man spots throughout the week, he said, with a decision on who will return kicks to be made on Friday night.

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