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Things almost turned around |

Things almost turned around

| Friday, December 20, 2002 12:00 a.m

It was so important to get things turned around this week because the Houston game left a really bad taste in our mouths.

The defense has started to look as dominant as last year the last couple of weeks and it couldn’t happen at a better time.

This is a team that always responds and this week was a perfect example of what happens when this team is challenged.

We were in a better position last year at this time, but we are still one of the few teams in the league right now that controls its own destiny.

With two teams that pride themselves on playing tough defense, Monday night in Tampa should be a pretty crazy atmosphere. Their fans are pretty rabid and that makes for a good, hostile environment.


It’s tough not having had the chance to play the last couple of weeks, but I still really feel that I get a lot out of each and every day of practice.

Things now have become a lot more second nature than last year. The repetitions in practice make me feel like everything is instinctual rather than having to think things through.


Larry Johnson was as deserving as anyone to win the Heisman, but he really got a lot out of the whole awards tour.

He brought home a couple of player of the year awards and he also put himself in a great position to get drafted in the first round.

He really was a great example of what can happen when a player has patience.


Penn State was just a few points from being a top five team. I think we’re going to be way too much for Auburn to handle.

I think that offensively we should be able to put up a lot of points and that’s not good for Auburn.

One of the key factors if not the key factor is Coach Paterno.

He is so thorough when he has the time going into a bowl game. I don’t think it’s possible for him to be outcoached in that situation.

He lets you realize you’re going to a bowl to have a good time, but he also emphasizes the fact that the main focus should be on the game.

The crowd is always great for Penn State bowl games. The alumni is great, the students are great and the support really comes through.

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