Virginia is off to a 1-0 start. The same cannot be said about UVa's Saturday opponent - Penn State. Their fall from grace reached the field last Saturday. The one-time powerhouse program lost to Ohio out of the Mid-American Conference. "It's easy to fall into a trap. You hear a team like Ohio that's not from one of the big six conferences but they're a good team. They won, what, 10 games last year so we're not overlooking them by any means and definitely not Penn State either," junior defensive end Jake Snyder said.
Bill O'Brien is Penn State's new coach but when Penn State was searching for a new guy, Mike London's name was tossed around. "That always happens, people throwing your name out there, then it grows legs and all of the sudden it's a centipede and then you got all kinds of people talking about it but it's flattering perhaps, being mentioned but at the same time, my focus is here and this is where I want to be," London said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.
One UVa player who has plenty of connections to Penn State is starting quarterback Michael Rocco. His dad, Frank, played on the 1982 national championship team and his grandparents still live in the Penn State area and as a child he was a big Nittany Lions fan. "I still root for them and. It's a terrible thing that happened and I mean my heart goes out to all the victims and everyone who's involved with it but it hasn't been just as devastating as it would have been if I was still that young boy that idolized Penn State football," Rocco said.
Now Rocco's the main player trying to beat the that team.