Saturday, December 20, 2014

At Duke, Bill O'Brien and Ted Roof tried to recruit Purdue QB Robert Marve

Here are some other notes from O'Brien's Thursday night radio show:

At Duke, Bill O'Brien and Ted Roof tried to recruit Purdue QB Robert Marve

Bill O'Brien and defensive coordinator Ted Roof are quite familiar with Purdue quarterback Robert Marve -- and that's not just because they've been watching tape of him all week.

When O'Brien and Roof were at Duke, they tried to recruit Marve, the 6-foot-1, 212-pound former Mr. Florida Football. Marve chose Miami instead, then transferred to Purdue in 2009. The sixth year senior, who has battled ACL injuries, was named the starter this week, replacing Caleb TerBush.

Here are some other notes from O'Brien's Thursday night radio show:

- No clairty on how tight end Kyle Carter is doing. The redshirt freshman injured his left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Ohio State game and is listed as probable on the injury report. O'Brien said he is still 'day-to-day.'

Said O'Brien: "You'll see who is playing when we take the field on Saturday.

-Once again, O'Brien expressed his desire to add a late-season game for his bowl ineligible Nittany Lions. This time, he added a new element: perhaps the game could be played overseas. The game would be played in 2014 or 2015, and O'Brien said "hopefully we can do something in the near future."

-O'Brien is still standing by his third quarter faked call punt at 4th-and-9 from the Ohio State 43. The play, where Alex Butterworth threw an incomplete pass, came when the Lions were trailing 14-10. "We're going to take chances and take educated risks," O'Brien said.

-Emily Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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