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Mike Mauti teleconference notes

  • -It all comes down to the defense’s execution of responsibilities, Dan Persa was making some good decisions and reads last week against them.

    -Mauti plays with emotion, when you make a big hit especially in the fourth quarter, there isn’t any other feeling like it in the world.

    -Denard Robinson and Dan Persa were both pretty similar cause they were quick and can make guys miss. Pryor in a league of his own with his size and his speed he is tough to bring down. Couldn’t have had two better weeks to prepare for this, the defense is getting better every week, its going to be a tough game.

    -Devon Still and defense in general are getting a lot more experience and are playing better, but Devon has stepped it up and is making some plays out there.

    -Grew up playing baseball, eighth grade year he was playing corner, laid a big hit on a quarterback, ever since then he has been addicted to hitting. Felt baseball was too boring after that.

    -Same approach as last week, keep playing physical on the defensive front, have to keep playing their defensive responsibilities.

    -Have been working on getting quarterback pressure with the front four, when they get to the quarterback it helps out the whole defense.

    -Enjoys playing against a team that comes right at the defense. Steps up for teams like that, looking forward to the challenge.

    -When they rotate linebackers, they don’t lose a step. It doesn’t matter whether it is Bani, Khari, Gerald, it really doesn’t matter, all of those guys get the job done. Our whole defense has full confidence in all of our linebackers no matter who is in there.

    -Experience and getting the opportunity to make some plays has attributed to his better play as the season has gone on. Feels the second half against Northwestern was his best half at Penn State.

    -Mentality doesn’t change, going into every game trying to shut teams out. They will score some points, but in a game like this whoever makes the most good plays will win, but were going to try and get some three and outs

    -During All-American bowl, was on the wrong end of one of Terrell Pryor’s stiff arms. Met him during the week leading up to the game, tried to get him to come to PSU but that was the last time they spoke.

    -Replacing all of the starters they lost from last year has been a challenge, but as guys have gotten more experience the defense has really come along.

    -Injuries are a part of the game, but tearing the ACL last year was the toughest thing he had to go through. The ankle this year, it is tough to sit out and watch but injuries are a part of the game and he is happy to be back on the field.

    -McGloin’s presence affects the defense too, with all of the energy they gain. This kid is doing it on offense, we have to do it on defense. Overall, it improves everyone’s confidence.

    -This past weekend, he felt great. Injuries are a part of the game, but the past few weeks he has been feeling a lot better and he was able to make some plays against Northwestern.

    -Mauti dubbed him the “West Scranton Gunslinger,” he is making guys laugh, and has this swagger about him that is hilarious. He is the epitome of a college quarterback, we compare him to Brett Farve, when he is throwing touchdowns, and he is hilarious. At first he was kind of quiet, but once he got on the field he has shown what he can do. Average white guy, he is very unassuming physically.

  • Andrew Dzurita said... (original post)

    hen they rotate linebackers, they don’t lose a step. It doesn’t matter whether it is Bani, Khari, Gerald, it really doesn’t matter, all of those guys get the job done. Our whole defense has full confidence in all of our linebackers no matter who is in there.

    I really disagree with this. It was okay at the beginning of the year when we had to replace 3 starters, but our lineup should be set at this point. Mauti should be playing everydown. Not a huge Colasanti fan, but he should be the middle linebacker and only come out when we go nickel. If there's any position we should rotate it's the third linebacker with Fortt and Hodges, but both are coming back from injuries. Stupar is solid in the nickel, but Bani has no right being on the field at this point.