Found September 02, 2012 on Nittany Lions Den:
Penn State dropped their season opening game to the visiting Ohio Bobcats, 24-14. Here is a look through my postgame notebook from the game. Hodges returning kicks. Huh? Starting linebacker Gerald Hodges was used a number of times to return kickoffs and punts. Bill O'Brien said after the game that he had been working on special teams recently and said he was a good athlete so they wanted to see what he could do. Hodges fielded two punts for a loss of one yard and fumbled one to set Ohio up for a short score, and he returned a kickoff for 12 yards rather than downing it in the end zone for a touchback, which this year starts at the 25-yard line. A linebacker returning kicks and punts does seem odd, especially for a starting linebacker with NFL potential. Hodges is a former quarterback and defensive back converted to linebacker, so his athleticism is not a question, but he has since bulked up to play linebacker. So why would Penn State consider using a linebacker in this spot? ...

Playing for purpose: Penn State opens with Ohio

A season of change is finally about to begin for Penn State. There's a new coach, a new offense and a new look to the classic uniform. Ohio visits Beaver Stadium on Saturday for the historic season opener. Time to play football again following an offseason no one could have imagined. New coach Bill O'Brien inherits a program burdened by strict NCAA sanctions, including...
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