LOS ANGELES -- Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and four defensive players met with the media today. A few newsy items came out of the press conference. For one, backup linebacker Bani Gbadyu was left home for what the team has termed academic reasons. Wide receiver Jordan Norwood sprained his ankle during practice, according to cornerback Lydell Sargeant. The extent of the injury and whether Norwood can play Thursday is unknown.
Defensive end Aaron Maybin was supposed to partake in today's interviews but was left back. Safety Mark Rubin came in his place. Maybin wore a second team jersey yesterday and is in Paterno's doghouse again. Joe often does this to motivate players, but Maybin apparently missed Friday's Disneyland event and is paying for it. Center A.Q. Shipley and guard Rich Ohrnberger were also running with the second team offensive line yesterday. The fifth-year seniors were late for a team breakfast.