Michael Mauti On Penn State, Bill O’Brien, Not Helping DeSean Jackson Get Up


Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Michael Mauti (56) runs downfield on a kickoff against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

John U. Bacon, author of the book Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football, hopped on Reddit for a little AMA action earlier on Tuesday, and he brought along a friend: former Penn State linebacker and current Viking Michael Mauti.

Mauti was there to talk about his time at Penn State and his experiences with coach Bill O’Brien, but of course there was a more pressing issue weighing on fans’ minds than all that stuff.

What was up with Mauti pushing Gerald Hodges aside when Hodges tried to help up DeSean Jackson?

The funny moment happened in the third quarter after a Jackson punt return. Here’s the GIF if you missed it.

It’s hilarious because screw DeSean Jackson. Mauti had this to say on Reddit about the whole incident:

haha yup asked: Michael – On Sunday, why did you pull Hodges away from helping DeSean Jackson up? I thought it was hilarious honestly because I’m a Skins fan but I was just curious.

Mauti: haha hes a big boy he can get himself off the ground.. we were just given hoagie [sic] a hard time.. all in good fun

Sadly Gerald Hodges’ nickname is not “Hoagie,” it’s “Hodgie.” Sometimes when you’re typing fast it comes out wrong. But now I want his nickname to be “Hoagie” because that would be awesome.

Oh, and Mauti had stuff to say about Bill O’Brien too. We’re curious now because O’Brien was reportedly approached by the Vikings about the head coaching vacancy they will be making by not having Leslie Frazier back.

Bad 5052 asked: Mike, Big Fan and fellow recent alum. As a Penn State fan I love having Bill O’Brien as our coach, but grow frustrated seeing rumors swirl every off-season of him being in consideration for NFL coaching jobs. I realize this is the norm these days when you are a great coach, but why doesn’t he ever squash these rumors? Thanks for your input.

Mauti: I think he does a great job of handling that, he can’t control the rumors, they are everywhere and in my opinion he is one of the top coaches in the country bar none. its a compliment that so many teams want to hire him, i don’t think he’s going anywhere anytime soon, he’s been coaching with one hand tied behind his back without full school’s. wait till he’s got a full 84 man roster, PSU will be in full force with him a the helm

Hmm, so Mauti doesn’t see O’Brien jumping to the NFL. He does realize money talks and that other stuff walks, right?

All of Mauti’s comments from today’s AMA can be found here.

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