Player Analysis: Penn State
 
 
 
Trevor Anderson has been named to the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List. The award is presented annually to the nation's top defensive end.
 
Trevor Anderson has been named to the Ted Hendricks Award Watch List. The award is presented annually to the nation's top defensive end.
 
 

Nov. 19, 2008

Player Interviews

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Several Michigan State football players, including Brian Hoyer, Javon Ringer and Greg Jones, met with the media after Tuesday's practice to talk about the matchup against Penn State.

In other news, junior Trevor Anderson was named to the midseason watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top defensive end. Anderson leads the team and ranks sixth in the Big Ten with a career-high eight sacks (64 yards). He is also first on the team with 10 tackles for loss (68). Last season, Jonal Saint-Dic was named one of eight finalists for the award.

The Hendricks midseason watch list includes 35 players. The list will be shortened to include five-to-six finalists in the final weeks of the season, and the final vote will be concluded on Dec. 8. The 2008 Hendricks Award winner will be announced Dec. 10.

Senior Quarterback Brian Hoyer
On the Michigan State vs. Penn State match up in the coming years...
Penn State is always a contender for the Big Ten title and now I think we have put Michigan State up there as well. I think under Coach Dantonio that will continue and progress more and more.

On what it will take to get their first win against at Penn State since 1965...
We know it's a tough environment to play in because it is a loud place and their student section is crazy. But come game time, you have to block everything out because we are playing for a share of the Big Ten championship. It really doesn't matter if we are playing at Penn State or somewhere else because we are playing for something.

On the sound of the lion's roar over the loud speaker in Beaver Stadium...
We actually had it in our practice today to help us prepare. I said the fewer lion calls you hear in the game, the better you must be playing.

On how things have changed during his career at MSU...
It has kind of come full circle for me because my first start was at Penn State and back then we were really playing for nothing. Now my last start in the Big Ten we are back there again but this time playing for a Big Ten championship. It has kind of been a whirlwind and I don't think anyone expected us to be here this soon. It has been fun and we have been able to enjoy it. I think having last week off we could finally see where we were. We have a chance to win a Big Ten championship and take it all in while enjoying the moment.

On the team's appreciation for being in this situation and playing such a big game...
This is something we have talked about for a long time. When we would break our huddles in summer conditioning we would end it by saying "Big Ten champs," and now it is more real than it ever has been. It has been exciting and like I said we know what we are going in there and playing for.

On what he took away from his first start at Penn State...
I think the little bit I can take away from that is a familiarity with the stadium. You know how loud it is going to be and you know it's going to be a crazy atmosphere and knowing that I can block it out easier. I know it's going to be the loudest place we have played all year and that's why today at practice we blasted the speakers and worked on our communication. I am screaming at the top of my lungs in practice so everyone can hear me during the game.

Senior Running Back Javon Ringer
On the team's overall progress this season...
The coaches were pretty smart when they said sooner or later we would be playing for a championship, because now it is coming true. This is not going to be a one year wonder because there is so much talent behind our senior class, and Lord willing we will continue to be successful in the future. Penn State is always bringing in talent, and personally I don't think Joe Paterno is going anywhere. People love to play for him, and love to be around him because he is a very special person so this will not be a one year wonder for them either.

On what he remembers about Brian Hoyer in 2006 when he started at Penn State...
I remember him being very excited and anxious. He was ready to step in and do the same job that Drew (Stanton) was doing. I remember that year we passed the ball a lot especially that game it was like 60 times. Every play I remember him being very excited and he was also very confident in the huddle.

On how different the stakes are this year compared to in 2006...
They are a lot different now because back then we were just trying to win our last game and send our seniors out knowing they won their last game as Spartans. Now it is so much different and this is a great opportunity for us. Knowing that we actually have a chance to win the Big Ten is just amazing.

Sophomore Linebacker Greg Jones
On the chance to win a Big Ten championship...
Knowing that everyone as a team is putting all their work and effort into this is really something special. This is what we work for, and this is why we do what we do in the offseason and I think everyone is ready for this game.

On stopping Daryll Clark and Evan Royster...
I really feel like penetration in the offensive line is going to be key. Even Javon said no running back can be good without his offensive line, so I think really getting them off track is going to be key. I think the game will definitely be won up front.

On the bye week...
It was great to get some time off and rest the legs a little bit. I got to watch some of the Indiana vs. Penn State game and got some school work done as well. It was great and I think we needed it.

On getting a bounce back in his step...
Not even the week off, but just knowing we are playing for the Big Ten title makes it a big game. I think that would put a bounce in anyone's step.

On stopping Penn State's offense...
I was saying before that this game is going to be won up front. Their offensive line is very good and plays low but comes in hard. They stay together and know what to do. I don't think I've seen on film anyone out of their offensive line look confused or not know what they are doing. They are going to come in hard and the key is that we have to match that.

On playing in the cold...
To be quite honest, because of the title at stake, it really doesn't matter to me. We could play anywhere or anytime and I would be ready because I am ready to win and give it all I got.

Senior Defensive End Brandon Long
On living in the moment...
We have prepared so hard and have come out everyday during practice and sweat and bled for each other. It comes down to now and we are going to be playing on a big time stage for a big time game, and we couldn't be more excited for it. We are amped up, well rested and I am feeling good.

On what he personally did to be rested up for this weekend...
After you get into the Big Ten season for a couple weeks it really is a grind. There are always bumps and bruises here and there, and your feet need time to rest. I am feeling good now though because Coach D was nice enough to give us a few days off and it really felt great just to relax and really do nothing.

On Penn State's offensive line...
They are a quality group for sure all the way across the board, and they are some fast guys. We have played big guys before with Iowa and Wisconsin. Penn State plays hard and they play fast. It is going to hard and we are really going to have to be on our A-game for sure and really work hard on getting into them and being technically sound.

Senior Offensive Lineman Roland Martin
On how the team is feeling after their bye weekend...
We are well rested and feeling pretty good. We had been paying for 11 weeks, and it was time for a little bit of a rest. This is a real big game and we are looking forward to it.

On what this games means to him...
It is going to be a great experience because I have never played for something like this before, but I am just going to go out there and execute like I do every week. We have a lot of preparation and we are just going to go out and try to execute our offense.

On how the coaching staff has kept them focus...
Keeping us focused is all they have been trying to do. Our focus is on task but this is a huge game and a big deal, but we are still going out there and executing the same plays and playing football which we love to do.

Junior Wide Receiver Blair White
On how the team is feeling after the week off...
We are feeling good. We have some guys that are coming back from injuries and now have had some time to rest up a little bit. We also had extra time to prepare for Penn State, and we are feeling good about this weekend.

On how the team has prepared for a big game like this...
We are not doing anything different than we usually do when preparing for our games. We have had some extra time which was nice, but we are playing for a Big Ten championship and I think that is enough in itself.