Sports Illustrated's senior NFL writer Peter King is an alum of Ohio University, whose starting quarterback is former Norman North star Tyler Tettleton. In his Monday Morning Quarterback package on si.com, King previewed the big Ohio at Penn State game Saturday with a Q&A with the son of former big-league slugger Mickey Tettleton.
Here's some excerpts:
King: Ever play in a place with 107,000 fans, like you'll see at Penn State?
Tettleton: “No. We played at Tennessee a couple years ago, but I didn't play. The people just went on and on, way up in the stands. It's pretty intense at Marshall; they've got the craziest fans — people everywhere you go. The crowd at Rutgers was pretty big last year. But not like this.”
King: It'll be a pretty emotional atmosphere there, probably. The fans at Penn State will be all fired up to defend their program after so many people have been critical of it.
Tettleton: “Yeah, I know. There's not much we can do about that. I know our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, and I really feel bad for the people involved. It's a terrible thing that happened. But our coach, Coach (Frank) Solich, has told us, ‘Treat it like another game. There's nothing we can do about all that other stuff.' We just need to go in there and play football and not worry about anything else.”
King: But 107,000 people. It'll be intense.
Tettleton: “Well, 107,000 is no different to me than playing in front of 25,000 here. There's a couple more bleachers. Not going to change the game for me.”
King: How do you like your chances?
Tettleton: “We think we have a good chance if we play our game. We feel like this is an amazing opportunity for us. We win this, and we keep winning, and we'll have a chance to get ranked in the Top 25.”
King: So I've got a way for you to really get at your father. Tell him you thought he was a home run hitter in the major leagues, and now you've found out that Derek Jeter hit more home runs than him, so how good could he really have been?
Tettleton: “That's a good one.”
King: Why not baseball for you?
Tettleton: “Well, I played a lot of it, but I think I found out I was more of a physical sports type of guy. Being out in the outfield, that can get old. I was bored with it.”
King: How tall are you?
King: You watch Drew Brees and Russell Wilson?
Tettleton: “Sure. I love watching Brees. And the fact that Russell Wilson's competing for the starting job in Seattle ... is really great motivation for me. It shows I might have a chance at the next level. Those guys proved size doesn't matter.”