|O'Brien builds on NFL ties, experience, at Penn St|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:19|
Those NFL connections he made as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots are already coming in handy in Happy Valley. NFL scouts are regulars at Nittany Lions practices - another one of the bevy of changes in the new era of Penn State football.
Having scouts at a college practice isn't unusual. But under the late coach Joe Paterno's watch at Penn State, it was an infrequent occurrence at best.
Contrast that to Wednesday's low-key, off-week practice for the Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten). Eleven NFL teams showed up, including the Broncos, Browns, Jets, Steelers and Vikings.
Penn State next plays Oct. 20 at Iowa.