Cadogan Feels at Home

Ohio native is happy to be playing for the Nittany Lions in their big game against the top-ranked Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium this weekend.

Gerald Cadogan grew up an Ohio State fan. Not an obsessive scarlet-and-grey bleeder, but a fan nonetheless. As a lifelong resident of Portsmouth, Ohio, which is about an hour's drive south of Columbus, he had little choice.

But when it came time to pick a college, Ohio State just didn't feel quite right. Cadogan based his decision mostly on academic considerations, but he also took into account a number of intangibles, such as “family atmosphere.” It was in that area that the Nittany Lions came out ahead. Said Cadogan, “I didn't feel that at Ohio State.”

Penn State will find out just how together it really is this weekend when the top-ranked Buckeyes and their vaunted defense visit Beaver Stadium. It's only the second time the Nittany Lions have played host to the nation's No. 1 team. The previous time was in 1989, when they lost to Notre Dame, 34-23.

Cadogan, the Lions' starting left tackle, is hopeful the team's improved offensive showings the past two weeks foreshadow a strong performance against Ohio State on Saturday. He's been particularly encouraged by the offensive line's steady development.

“We're more consistent as far as picking up blitzes,” he said. “It's later in the season and we're comfortable with each other. We're able to get the job done because we trust one another.”

The Lions will need their line to be at its best against Ohio State. The Buckeyes are allowing only 208.5 yards a game, fewest in the country. They are particularly stingy against the run, giving up an average of only 62.3 yards a game.

Those numbers would seem to suggest that points will be hard to come by on Saturday. But when asked if he expects a low-scoring game, Cadogan demurred.

“I'm not sure what the score is going to be,” he said. “All I can say is the offensive line is working hard in practice and is going to get the job done putting points on the board.”


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