Joe Paterno

Paterno: Offensive line changes 'might' be coming

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State coach Joe Paterno wouldn't get into specifics, but he hinted that there could be some changes among his starting offensive linemen when the No. 5 Nittany Lions meet Temple on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions have shuffled Matt Stankiewitch, Lou Eliades, Johnnie Troutman and Quinn Barham at the two guard positions in their first two games, when inconsistent line play was one of the reasons Penn State averaged just 3.3 yards rushing.

Akron and Syracuse defenses that put eight or nine men in the box, Paterno and many of his players said Tuesday, was another one of those reasons. The Nittany Lions will continue to be content to get their yards and points via the passing game if it leads to wins.

In other news, linebacker Navorro Bowman told Paterno on Monday that his right groin was still sore. He's been upgraded to "possible" on the team's injury report but Paterno doesn't know if he'll play Saturday.

For a full report from Paterno's weekly news conference, see Wednesday's CDT or visit centredaily.com.

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