Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is middle linebacker Glenn Carson, a senior and three-year starter who racked up 85 tackles last season. He's the most-experienced player on the defense.
NittanyNation: You label yourself an old-school player. Tell me, why is that? What is it about you that makes you old school?
Glenn Carson: Why do I? I just really feel that I was born in the wrong era, man. I would love to play in the '80s when they're just running the ball every time. That's really what I love, stopping the run, playing the run -- and I just love the old, physical style of play.
In high school, I was kind of in a league where they did run the ball a lot. But, yeah, I just love hitting. I love strapping up and putting my head into someone else's. That's really why I play the game.
NN: You've made a lot of big hits in your time at Penn State. What's one hit that really sticks out in your mind, that really made you feel good afterward?
GC: The only one I can think of is that Temple game. I saw it the other day, like on a highlight thing or whatever. A Temple player was trying to run outside, and he kind of jumped up a little bit and I put my head right into his gut toward the sidelines. I was pretty fired up, yeah. [Editor's note: Carson appears to be talking about the hit at the 1:11 mark of this video.]
NN: You weren't an every-down linebacker last season, since Mike Hull came in on passing downs. What did that feel like, coming off the field at times like that?
GC: It was definitely hard coming out on those third downs, especially when the game was on the line and we were up by a touchdown and the other team's trying to drive the ball down the field and we're in that nickel package. And what's when I want to be on the field, when the game's on the line.
It was definitely painful and nerve-wracking. I just want to be out there. I would play the whole game, and now the game's really on the line, and it's crunch time, and I was on the sidelines. It's really painful, but I'm looking forward to being the guy who never comes off the field this year.
NN: Obviously a big reason you weren't on the field every down was for pass-coverage reasons. What have you done to shore up that aspect of your game? And what specifically do you think kept you off the field?
GC: Just working on individual drills, like look-search drills and practicing getting to the curl and making sure my drop has gotten a little bit better.
Just like little things here and there. Mike Hull is a really quick, fast guy so he was really good on those third downs. And I would say maybe a little speed, and I was a little nicked up, so that could've been a factor as well.
NN: Without Mauti and Gerald Hodges on the team, I imagine you'll be looked up to as more of a leader this season. Have you done anything differently to take on that role, or do you feel any different?
GC: You know, I'm not really doing that much different. I think we got a bunch of guys who love to play football, love to complete and are doing all the right things -- which makes my leadership role easy, because I don't have to drag guys out to 7-on-7s. They want to do it.