Bill O’Brien still wants to take the Penn State football team somewhere exotic.
O’Brien said on his radio show tonight that his bosses are exploring the possibility of scheduling a game in a warm-weather climate. O’Brien added a new twist, mentioning the possibility of an overseas trip for the first time.
“Hopefully we can do something in the near future,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien said he’s looking to play the game by 2014 or ’15.
Other highlights from the radio show:
• O’Brien and defensive coordinator Ted Roof tried recruiting Purdue quarterback Robert Marve when they worked at Duke. O’Brien left Duke, where Roof served as the head coach, after the 2006 season. Marve, a sixth-year senior, started his college career at Miami before transferring to Purdue in 2009. He will start for Purdue on Saturday.
• Multiple players, including tight end Kyle Carter, are still nursing injuries that O’Brien has labeled as “day-to-day” issues. Carter injured his left ankle late in last week’s loss to Ohio State.
“You will see who’s playing when we take the field on Saturday,” O’Brien said.
• O’Brien publicly commented on freshman linebacker Gary Wooten for the first time. Wooten, a Florida native, joined the program in August. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Wooten has worked with the scout team this fall. He’s the first scholarship player from Florida added to the roster since O’Brien’s hiring.
“You can see there’s definitely a future with Gary Wooten,” O’Brien said.
• O’Brien defended his fake punt call in last week’s third quarter against Ohio State. Punter Alex Butterworth’s pass failed and Ohio State embarked on a 57-yard scoring drive to take a 21-10 lead.
“We’re going to take chances and take risks that are educated risks,” O’Brien said. “We’re going to do the best that we can to not play close to the vest for 60 minutes.”
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