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The Big Ten Media Can Suck It

Submitted by on December 3, 20094 Comments

Hey, remember that Penn State defensive tackle that the Big Ten media decided wasn’t first-team all conference caliber?  Jared something-or-other?  Remember how the Big Ten Coaches not only voted that kid to the first-team defensive line, but also as the conference’s top defensive player of the year?

Well, the Big Ten media is going to have even more crow to eat when they check the newspaper tomorrow morning, to see that the American Football Coaches Association have released their 2009 All-American team, and that the guy who they didn’t even think was among the top 4 defensive linemen in the Big Ten has been selected as one of the best in the country.

That’s right, Jared Odrick slots in next to Nebraska’s highly-touted Ndamukong Suh on the AFCA All-America team, and he’s one of just two Big Ten players–the other being Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones–who’s received such an honor.  Odrick becomes the 94th Penn State honoree to an All-America team, and the 80th individual so named.

Now, this also solidifies Larry Johnson as not just an incredible recruiter–and he is the Big Ten’s best (and was named the best in the country in 2006 by Rivals)–but also as perhaps the best position coach in the country.  Since becoming the defensive line coach at Penn State in 2000, Johnsonhttp://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2009/01/large_larry_johnson.jpg has coached six different All-Americans, including such all-time Penn State greats as Aaron Maybin, Tamba Hali, Courtney Brown, Jimmy Kennedy, and Michael Haynes.

It’s just a matter of time until Johnson gets the head coaching job elsewhere (unfortunately, my guess is that Tom Bradley stands between Johnson and the Penn State gig) and we really need to cherish and appreciate Johnson for what he’s done with the Nittany Lions.  To go from a high school vice principal to the precipice of the national stage must have been one hell of a ride for LJ, and I’m glad it included such a long stay at Penn State.  And Johnson really has been a true Nittany Lion all the way, having spurned Ron Zook, who offered him the defensive coordinatorship at Illinois, to stay as the line coach here at Penn State.  Still, with a job opening at Virginia, after the firing of Al Groh, the Cavaliers would be more than wise to give Larry Johnson a chance.

But this is Jared Odrick’s day, after all, and let’s celebrate for him.  Odrick was a force all season for the Lions, disrupting plays in the backfield and pressuring the quarterback.  With a young line around him, and injuries behind him, Odrick was the leader of a Penn State defensive unit that allowed the fourth fewest points per game in Division 1-FBS, and ranked in the top 10 in a host of other categories, including rush defense and total defense.  Odrick will excel in the NFL, probably as a 3-4 defensive end, and I hope my Jets are smart enough to snag him in the first round.  He’s got great size and strength, and an unstoppable motor, and it was a joy to watch him play football for the past few years.

So quebecpenspinning wants to offer its congratulations to Jared Odrick and to Larry Johnson for coaching him to that level.  I’m sure Jared will be the first one to tell you, coach, he couldn’t have done it without you.

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  • http://quebecpenspinning.com Charlie

    If Virginia even asks Larry Johnson for an interview and not offer him the job straight up, Larry Johnson should consider that a slap in the face. Considering what he has done to decimate the states of Maryland and Virginia in recruiting, Virginia should consider themselves lucky if Larry Johnson even answers the phone. I really hope he stays though.

  • http://quebecpenspinning.com Charlie

    Oh, and I forgot. What do the Big Ten media know. This is the same group of lackies that decided Terrelle Pryor was the preseason offensive player of the year. Look how that turned out, he's not even the best offensive player on that Ohio State squad.

  • http://quebecpenspinning.com Charlie

    If Virginia even asks Larry Johnson for an interview and not offer him the job straight up, Larry Johnson should consider that a slap in the face. Considering what he has done to decimate the states of Maryland and Virginia in recruiting, Virginia should consider themselves lucky if Larry Johnson even answers the phone. I really hope he stays though.

  • http://quebecpenspinning.com Charlie

    Oh, and I forgot. What do the Big Ten media know. This is the same group of lackies that decided Terrelle Pryor was the preseason offensive player of the year. Look how that turned out, he's not even the best offensive player on that Ohio State squad.