One of the storylines heading into Penn State's showdown with Ohio State at Beaver Stadium last weekend was the return to Happy Valley of former Nittany Lion assistant Larry Johnson.
Johnson is the veteran defensive line coach who spent nearly two decades with PSU before opting to leave when he was passed over twice for the head-coaching job. He accepted a position as D-line coach with OSU early this year.
While the Buckeyes escaped with a controversial double-overtime victory, Penn State was hardly hurting for production from its defensive line. In fact, tackle Anthony Zettel made one of the plays of the game, coming through with a pick-six early in the second half to spark a rally that saw the Lions overcome a 17-0 deficit to force OT.
It was a great play by Zettel. But it was also a great call by new PSU defensive coordinator Bob Shoop. And it came thanks to a strong, versatile personnel grouping put out on the field by new D-line coach Sean Spencer.
It was a defensive tackle drop, Zettel said. It's hard for the quarterback to see the defensive interior guys just because of the reads we give them with the blitzes. So he threw it right to me. I was thankful to catch it.
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