Penn State cornerback Lydell Sargeant got a little antsy with the media today during his teleconference.
Sargeant was asked by two very good beat writers about the play of the secondary.
Q: This is with all due respect, but something doesn’t seem to add up. Almost unanimously in the media we seem to think the secondary is really struggling, most of your fans seem to think the secondary is struggling, but yet we hear you and Justin King say the secondary is not struggling. Are you guys in denial or are we just all wrong?
Sargeant: Maybe you guys should understand defensive schemes. That’s just how it is. I said before we’re on the island. If we get beat deep and it’s a Cover-2 it’s going to be ‘where’s the corner at?’ That’s just defensive schemes and that’s how everybody sees the game. That’s nothing we can control. People are going to say what they’re going to say and think what they do, but unless they’re out there and they know what kind of defense we’re playing or scheme we’re doing we don’t think it’s anything of any significance.
Q: OK, Lydell, I think I understand these numbers though, six touchdown passes the last two games after four in the first seven, so something has changed?
Sargeant: Um, what were the passes? Hardy on the fade, Hardy on the what, five yard out,
(writer interrupts): Well yeah there was the dump off to Thigpen at Indiana…
(Sargeant replies): The tight end, was it, the screen to the running back. You can throw the stats out there, but if you really want to watch the games and see the kind of passes they are throwing, I mean come on, you know what I am saying? What is it….at three….
(writer interupts again): I understand but I played football one time too. Not in college, but I understand a touchdown pass is a touchdown pass, I understand what you’re saying.
(Sargeant replies): A touchdown pass is a touchdown pass in the stats but if we’re in Cover-3 and they throw a 3-yard out, what’s a corner supposed to do? It sounds good in the media to knock on the secondary or whatever, but like I said before, we know what defense we’re in and that’s the only thing we can stop.
Just a point of order here, both writers are dead on. I think these guys are a little bit in denial, but what do you expect them to say? We stink and we can’t cover anybody? I mean guys that ooze self induced confidence like these two are not going to say that.
Kudos to the two for challenging Lydell.
More after Paterno speaks.