O'Brien: LB Mike Hull will play Saturday

September, 10, 2013
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Linebacker Mike Hull missed Week 2 with an unspecified injury but he'll practice Tuesday and will play Saturday, Bill O'Brien said during his weekly press conference.

The news was expected but remains a big boon to a Nittany Lions' defense that's short on linebacker depth. Plus, Hull is PSU's best coverage 'backer, and PSU will be facing 2012 3,000-yard passer Blake Bortles this weekend.

"He's a pro prospect," O'Brien added about the UCF quarterback.

Bortles has yet to commit a turnover this season and might be the best pocket-passer that Penn State faces. He's already thrown for 528 yards and four touchdowns -- so Hull's return is a big one.

Hull was injured in the first quarter of Week 1. He returned with a brace on his right knee, played some, but then stood in street clothes in the second half. If he was needed, he could've possibly played against Eastern Michigan. But he's clearly needed more against a high-powered Central Florida offense.

O'Brien said Hull will start alongside Glenn Carson and Nyeem Wartman again. Safety-turned-linebacker Stephen Obeng-Agyapong will also see time, as will Ben Kline.

In other injury news, Penn State's head coach said tailback Bill Belton is probable and will likely practice Wednesday. Safety Ryan Keiser is listed as questionable.

Josh Moyer | email

Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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