SHORT REPORT: Pryor Attack

The Penn State coaching staff made a key change to the foreign team Monday to help prepare the defense for Ohio State.

Yesterday we reported that Penn State practice observers believed reserve CB Jesse Alfreno was penciled in to play the role of Terrelle Pryor for the scout team in practice this week, given that he played the role of Northwestern QBs Mike Kafka and Dan Persa last week in drills.

However, during the Monday practice the coaches made a change, opting to put true freshman LB Gerald Hodges in to play the role of Pryor. "Hodges is big, strong and fast, and played some quarterback in high school," one observer said. "He's perfect for the role."

Hodges is about 6-foot-2, 225 pounds and runs a 4.4-range 40-yard dash. Pryor is said to have a similar 40-yard dash speed and is about 235 pounds, but is about four inches taller than Hodges at 6-foot-6.

"His physical play and determination will give the defense a great look this week," another observer said of Hodges.

Hodges is not redshirting this year. He began the season at safety before moving to outside linebacker. He has played in all but one game, seeing the bulk of his action on special teams.


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