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O'Brien: 'We were 8-4. We don't have the market cornered on anything'

When you think of programs that have historically turned non-scholarship players into major contributors in a few short years, Penn State's name likely comes to mind.

In the big picture of things, Bill O'Brien has played a small part in that reputation with just one year under his belt, but he has put his mark on things by renaming the program a "run-on" program in an effort to recognize the hard work and effort of his non-scholarship guys on a year round basis. Also, when O'Brien first arrived on campus he reached out to programs like Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin to better understand their ultra successful formula for targeting, and developing non-scholarship players.

There's no doubt that developing players, especially with the scholarship restrictions in place under NCAA sanctions, is a top priority for O'Brien and his staff.

Asked about successfully identifying and developing "under the radar" players yesterday, O'Brien humbly explained that they don't think they do things any better than anyone else, they're simply focused on getting better.

"We don't think we do anything any better than anyone else. We just believe that we know what we want, we go out there and we try to evaluate prospects. We try to recruit the right way, scholarship or non-scholarship, and when they get to Penn State we try to put them in the proper role where they can excel."

"We certainly don't feel like we have the market cornered on scholarship, non-scholarship...or really anything. We were 8-4, so we don't have the market cornered on anything. We're just trying to get better."

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.