Picture this. Walking into the defensive meeting room at Penn State you'll now notice a football sticking out of the wall on a stand, which is connected to a spring.
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof added the contraption to the meeting room as a way to subconsciously work on turnovers while in the meeting room.
"All the players and all the coaches hit at it so it’s just kind of subconscious just that it’s in your mind anytime you see a ball that you should be ripping at it." Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti explained, noting that it's just one of the many things that they do to emphasize turnovers.
That's an interesting concept, and it's seen results early on.
In the past two games (against Virginia and Navy), the Nittany Lion defense has forced an impressive 8 turnovers, and Bill O'Brien is pleased with how their drill work has shown up on the game field.
"We work on tip drills, interception drills, strip drills, strip sack drills. We’ve been really fortunate that our players have done a great job of going out on the field and actually taking the drill work to the game field which is fun to see."
"It’s really a matter of effort and these guys are giving fantastic effort and that’s really what has stuck with me over the last three games.” O'Brien noted.