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• Penn State coach Bill O'Brien repeatedly implored for a large and enthusiastic crowd at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. “I would imagine that the Penn State fans will turn out in force to show their respect for this senior class that stuck with this university and stuck with this football program,” he said. The average crowd at Beaver Stadium this season is 96,176. A school spokesman said tickets remain in “most” seating areas.

• O'Brien said he watched former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin's first career start Sunday. The undrafted rookie had three touchdown passes in leading the Oakland Raiders to a 28-23 win at the Houston Taxans. “He threw the ball accurately, played with poise,” O'Brien said. “He's a smart guy, and smart guys who work hard that have talent, they really thrive in that league.”

• Asked about the “selfie” (fake photograph of himself) celebration cornerback Jordan Lucas uses after big plays, O'Brien quipped, “I'm glad you mentioned that to me ... I'm gonna take a selfie of him.” O'Brien later added “All kidding aside … I think when somebody makes a big play, I do think there is a good team celebration with these guys … That's Penn State. I know coach (Joe) Paterno believed in that. No selfish things like that, and I'm the same way.”

• There will be no personnel changes on the kickoff coverage team. After it allowed a touchdown return to Purdue, O'Brien had suggested there might be.

• Among depth chart tweaks: Adam Gress is listed as the lone starter at right tackle, Eugene Lewis joined Brandon Felder as the “OR” starter at wide receiver opposite Allen Robinson. Also, Bill Belton maintained the No. 1 spot at running back.

• Running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Charles London broke his foot while jogging and will be in a walking boot for four to six weeks.

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