CALLING CARD: LB Glenn Carson

Penn State linebacker Glenn Carson tackled several topics on Wednesday, including the progress of the linebackers, Coach Vanderlinden, young players that have impressed him and more.

Glenn Carson shared his thoughts on a wide aray of topics on Wednesday, here's a summary of his comments:

On Coach Vanderlinden staying: Carson said that he was "really happy" that Ron Vanderlinden was staying on staff, and that having Vanderlinden on staff made it an easier transition for linebackers, and that "all his techniques are all the same, and all the fundamental things are really important to me."

On improving his pass defense: "We haven't put in a nickel package yet, but pass defense was one of the things I needed to work on, and I think I'm getting a lot better...It's just fundamental things like pass drops and easing out and not making false steps, cause those will really hurt you. I'm just working on the little things that will make me a better player."

On his responsibilities as a middle linebacker: "I think I'm picking up the new defense really well, and I think I know it really well, not just my position, but all of them. It helps you as a player knowing not just what you're doing, but concepts of the defense and how it works make you a better player." He also added that the middle linebacker will call the plays. Carson said that Khairi Fortt was never in the mix for middle linebacker duties, and that Mike Yancich has been backing him up at MLB. He also noted that Fortt had been taking reps at both the strong and weak side positions before getting injured.

On who is standing out: Carson singled out a couple players in different positions, including Jacob Fagnano in the secondary, Bill Belton in the backfield, and the entire offensive line. He said about the offensive line: "The offensive line is looking better than expected and I think we're going to be pretty solid on the offensive line and surprise a lot of people at that position."

On recruiting: Carson believes there is a buzz in his home state of New Jersey, saying "I'm sure there is cause all the coaches we have on staff are really exciting people and have a good concept of the game of football. I think great things are going to happen here."

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