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Penn State football: Nittany Lions confirm Anthony Midget's hiring as assistant coach

Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien confirmed the addition of Anthony Midget to the Nittany Lion coaching staff in a press release Thursday.

Midget will serve as safeties coach for Penn State, a position vacated by John Butler who was promoted to defensive coordinator following the departure of Ted Roof. Butler will continue to work with cornerbacks.

"Anthony will be a great addition to our staff," O'Brien said in the release. "He is an experienced and passionate defensive coach and recruiter. We welcome Anthony to our team and look forward to his contributions to the program."

A three-year starter at cornerback for Virginia Tech, Midget was a four-year letterman and helped lead the Hokies to the 1999 BCS title game. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft before serving time on the Georgia State coaching staff from 2008 until Marshall hired him earlier this year.

Marshall sources confirmed Midget's hiring by Penn State on Feb. 6 but asked to remain anonymous because Penn State had not yet announced his hiring.

"It's an honor to be a part of the Penn State family," Midget said in the release. "I am thankful to Coach O'Brien for the opportunity to come to Penn State and am excited to get to know the players and get ready for spring practice."