One of the Nittany Lions said on Friday that maybe some are having too much fun.
Defensive end Michael Haynes, a 6-3, 280 redshirt junior from Columbus, N.J., said after Friday's practice, "I think Coach (Joe Paterno) was more upset at the younger guys because they have probably been spending a little too much time at the parks. They are on their feet all day and then our curfew isn't until midnight so they are staying up a little too long.
"I told our younger defensive line guys that they can go out, but you might have to come in a little earlier and get some rest in order to have a productive day."
Haynes said the Nittany Lions definitely have incentive for the Capital One Bowl game vs. Auburn. "Since we have had two losing seasons (the past two seasons), it's a chance to get back up there and show people where Penn State belongs."
Fullback Sean McHugh, a 6-5, 264 junior from Chagrin falls, Ohio, had these comments about the bowl trip on Friday: "This is awesome. It's my first bowl game since I've been at Penn State so I am just taking it all in, enjoying it and getting ready to play a good football team. We have been watching a lot of film, preparing as hard as we can and by game time we‚ll be ready.
"It's really a reward for working hard all year. It is a reward for the seniors for bringing this program back to where it should be. And it is a chance to win another game and have a 10-win season."
Center Joe Iorio, a 6-3, 302-pound center from Sylvania, Ohio, agrees that getting another victory is important to the Nittany Lions. "First off, if we win this game it gives us a 10-win season. And 10-3 looks a lot better than 9-4. Being a senior, I think everybody in the senior class wants to go out a winner. Plus, you always want to win on New Year's Day. We worked very hard to get here and if we came up short, a lot of guys would be disappointed."