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Senior offensive tackle Mike Farrell discussed a number of topics on this morning's conference call, including what it's like preparing to play two positions each week:
"The differences aren't too major," he said. "Sometimes you'll see a defense that plays the same guys at the same side of the line every time. If you're flip-flopping around it's important to be prepared for any of the players on defense. As the season's gone on I've learned to prepare for that better. If that means a little extra film study so be it."
-- One of the reasons Farrell, who now plays at 306 pounds, couldn't keep weight on during the winter (he entered the spring around 280) was that he was putting in eight-hour days as a student teacher at Park Forest Middle School in State College.
"It seemed to wear me down a little bit," he said. "I couldn't get right amount of rest and nutrition."
-- Farrell is well aware of the recent success Iowa has had against his team, winning eight of the last 10 meetings and four straight in Iowa City.
"Obviously they've had success against us in the past," he said. "It's definitely become more of a rivalry. The toughness their team plays with is something we strive for at Penn State."
-- Like all of Penn State's linemen, he had nothing but good things to say about position coach Mac McWhorter and remembers being pumped when he heard he would be coming to Penn State.
"I looked him up ... someone who knew his coaching past informed me about it," Farrell said. "We realized right away how fortunate we were to have this coach."
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Great kid. Good head on his shoulders.
"I tell guys, 'Would you rather go to a Volkswagen dealership to get a Cadillac, or do you go to Cadillac?' "
-- LJ, Sr.
Proud of the big man. Lots of talk of him being one of the so called 'wasted' ships. He has be solid for us and I'm glad we have him for sure.
Remember a couple/fee years sho seeing him at a Blue White game. He certainly looked like he had a nice tackle frame and has grown nicely through the years. His versatility for either side has been very very important this season
Suck It Emmert!! and "Sorry for not being sorry for being a Penn Stater" - Philafan
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