UNIVERSITY PARK - A capsule look at Joe Paterno's weekly press conference.
Opponent: Michigan (5-2, 1-2 Big Ten)
Last time vs. Penn State: Nittany Lions won at home last season, 46-17. The Lions haven't won at Michigan since 1996, dropping five in a row.
Line: Penn State is favored by 4 points.
Green may not mean go: Paterno said backup RB Stephfon Green has a "chronic ankle that gets loose on him once in a while" and is considered a "maybe" for Saturday's game. "Obviously that would be a big loss for us if he can't go," JoePa said. If Green can't play, Brandon Beachum would back up Evan Royster, with Brent Carter as the third-stringer. WR Chaz Powell also could be used at tailback if the Lions get in a jam.
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Lee should be ready: LB Sean Lee said he felt a twinge in his knee last week against Minnesota. Paterno was not asked about Lee's status, but DE Jerome Hayes said Lee practiced Monday and was "running around fine."
Not a Michigan man: Paterno told the story of how he was offered the Michigan job in 1968 by then-athletic director Don Canham. He turned it down, and the Wolverines hired Bo Schembechler. JoePa joked, "Once a year, Don used to write me a letter and say, 'Thanks.'"
Selective memory: Penn State went hard after QB Tate Forcier in the recruiting process, but he wound up selecting Michigan instead and is now the starting quarterback as a true freshman. Paterno downplayed how much PSU wanted Forcier. "We knew about him; we didn't really recruit him," the coach said. "He really didn't have a lot of interest in us."
That would be nice: Penn State will have to deal with standout Michigan DE Brandon Graham, who has five sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Paterno doesn't always know the names of the other team's players, so when he was asked about Graham, sports information director Jeff Nelson tried to help out by saying, "Number 55." JoePa responded, "I know who he is" and then added, "Yeah, he's tough to play against. You got a way we can tell him not to show up?"
Feeling fine: Paterno has endured a broken leg and hip problem the past few years, but so far this season he's holding up well. He certainly hasn't lost his sense of humor. When asked about his health, JoePa said, "Now that you mention it" and pulled out a handkerchief, drawing laughter. "I'm kiddin' ya," he added with a smile. "I think pretty good, really. I haven't missed a minute of practice. I feel good at practice and all, but you know, you come home at night after a game like that where you're cold and you're tired. But other than that, I think I've been doing well."