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SI: Jack Crawford has elicited a lot of easy comparisons to former Nittany Lions DE Tamba Hali. What do you think?
JP: Both are very competitive and have different but very good physical strengths. Crawford has a way to go in reaching what Tamba accomplished here, but he has a big upside, providing he can continue to work as hard as he has.
SI: IS THERE A SECRET TO STOCKPILING LINEBACKER TALENT?
JP: NOT SURE WE ARE STOCKPILING, BUT LINEBACKERS HAVE ALWAYS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR DEFENSE, AND THIS GROUP SEEMS LIKE IT WANTS TO CONTINUE THE TRADITION.
SI: Many of your peers have embraced social media to reach out to fans and players. Are you feeling any pressure to get online?
JP: We were one of the first to use the Internet to get information to our recruits and fans. When Facebook and Twitter broke on the scene, I challenged our guys to make sure we were out in front on this as well. Our program has been using new technology. As for me I prefer to look a kid and his family in the eye.
SI: In 2011 you'll get a new conference rival in Nebraska. Will you be on the sideline for the first game against the Huskers?
JP: We've enjoyed our games with Nebraska; there have been some special moments. These are the games you stay in coaching for. I hope to be there.