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Midget hire made official

Penn State has filled the coaching vacancy left when Defensive Coordinator Ted Roof took the same job at Georgia Tech, officially naming former Virginia Tech standout and former Georgia State defensive coordinator Anthony Midget its safeties coach.

O'Brien called Midget "a great addition to our staff."

Newly appointed Defensive Coordinator John Butler, who coached the defensive backs last year, will continue to coach the cornerbacks.

"Anthony will be a great addition to our staff," Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien said in a release on Thursday morning. stated. "He is an experienced and passionate defensive coach and recruiter. We welcome Anthony to our team and look forward to his contributions to the program."

A Clewiston, Fla., native, Midget has been a part of the Georgia State staff since 2008. He was the Defensive Coordinator in 2012. He was hired at Marshall as a defensive assistant in January.

Midget was a third-team All-American as a cornerback at Virginia Tech, where he was a four-year letter winner. He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2000 draft and also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,

"It's an honor to be a part of the Penn State family and this great University," Midget said. "I am thankful to Coach O'Brien for the opportunity to come to Penn State and am excited to get to know the players and get ready for spring practice."

The Nittany Lions will return starting safeties Malcolm Willis and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong as part of a secondary that also features returning starter Adrian Amos at cornerback.

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