Posted October 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
One of the biggest selling points first-year Penn State coach Bill O'Brien can make to potential recruits relates to his previous job. Those NFL connections he made as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots are already coming in handy in Happy Valley. NFL scouts are regulars at Nittany Lions practices - another one of the bevy of changes in the new era of Penn State football. ''It's a little different because if you did something wrong, they're writing stuff down the whole time,'' said senior defensive tackle Jordan Hill, of the team's top NFL prospects. ''You just think, `What are they writing?' But you have to get over it the best that you can.'' Having scouts at a college practice isn't unusual. But under the late coach Joe Paterno's watch at Penn State, it was an infrequent occurrence at best - maybe during a bye week, or before a low-pressure nonconference game. Paterno, for sure, had NFL connections. It's hard not to after 46 years on the job. And he's had plen...
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