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PSU notes: TE Carter appears closer to returning than DT Hill

November 8, 2012
By Timothy Schoen (cgiger@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State appears to be closer to getting its top tight end back from injury.

Kyle Carter took part in the team's pre-practice stretch before participating in position drills during Wednesday's 25-minute session that was open to the media.

Carter did not make the trip last weekend to Purdue after he injured his left ankle in the Oct. 27 loss to Ohio State.

The redshirt freshman, who has 35 catches for 441 yards and two touchdowns, appeared to be moving fine and without a pronounced limp in Wednesday's practice.

The news does not appear to be as promising for senior defensive tackle Jordan Hill, who injured his knee in last weekend's win. Hill stretched outside with the team in sweatpants before retreating into Holuba Hall to do his own workout once the individual period began.

Hill appears unlikely to play this weekend against Nebraska, or would be limited if he can play. Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has called both players day-to-day, but said their status would be determined later in the week.

O'Brien also had the speakers that line the team's practice field turned up to full blast to help prepare the team for the hostile Nebraska crowd.

Music by Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa helped imitate the noise made by the Cornhusker crowd. The music made it almost impossible to hear anything on field level.

SUBHD: Moseby-Felder emerging

Brandon Moseby-Felder was getting closer and closer to finding the end zone with each passing game until he and quarterback Matt McGloin connected for a 42-yard touchdown pass on Saturday.

It was the redshirt junior's first career touchdown reception after coming within 4 yards on the goal line on a long reception in the team's loss to Ohio State.

O'Brien has seen his receiver steadily improve as the season progresses. The coach called him one of the more improved players on the team.

"You've seen him over the last few weeks catch a few more balls," the coach said. "He's improved in his route running, he's done everything we asked him to do in the running game, blocks, blocks the down safety, blocks corners, blocks for the screens."

Coming out of spring practice, Moseby-Felder almost did not even have a shot to contribute in the Penn State offense or even step on the field. His name was buried in the depth chart behind players such as Justin Brown and Devon Smith. But both of those players have since left the team.

Moseby-Felder also was fighting a hamstring strain that he suffered in the second week of the spring. It caused him to miss the Blue-White Game and hampered his workouts on into the summer.

"It helped me realize things in a smaller picture that no one wants to go through an injury, but when they happen you have to be strong enough to get up the next day and be like, 'OK I really want to do this'," he said.

Moseby-Felder has turned into one of McGloin's favorite deep targets. The two have connected on seven passes for more than 15 yards this season.

Before the season began, O'Brien had meetings with each of his players to let them know where they each stood and what he expected out of them. The coach told Moseby-Felder that he expected big things out of him in the coming year.

"That kind of went down when I got hurt, but it is kind of picking back up to how he wanted me to be before the season started," Moseby-Felder said.

 
 

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