October 8, 2007

Position switch pays off for Ohrnberger

"I didn't ask, they just said, 'you're at right guard', and I said 'OK'."

Early last week in practice, starting left guard Rich Ohrnberger got the word that he was to switch to the right guard spot, a position which he started the final seven games of the 2006 season. There was no reason given and no questions asked, the 6-foot-2, 290-pound redshirt junior just went about his business.

"They just said, 'hey, we're going to have you at right guard, we're going to have (Mike) Lucian at left guard, let's get it done," said Ohrnberger. "As far as that goes, I got switched a lot during camp. It feels pretty natural at both, but I do feel a little bit more comfortable at right (guard)."

According to Nittany Lion head coach Joe Paterno, the move was made to combat the presence of Hawkeye potential All-Big Ten defensive tackle Mitch King.

"We switched Ohrnberger over there because of #47 (King). #47 is a really good football player and Ohrnberger had his hands full all day," said Paterno. "Ohrnberger is just a little stronger than (Mike) Lucian so we switched those two kids around."

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