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Penn State Vs. Eastern Michigan: Joe Paterno Addresses Kicking Game

Penn State's kicking situation went from bad to worse on Saturday when the Nittany Lions missed three field goals and suffered a blocked punt in their 14-10 win against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field .

With kicker Evan Lewis just 1/5 kicking field goals this season, many have suggested sophomore punter Anthony Fera might be a solution to the problem. At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, however, coach Joe Paterno wasn't quite prepared to endorse the former three-star prospect as the man for the job, pointing out his suspension during the preseason.

"Fera's got a chance to come back now, and hopefully he'll get in the groove," Paterno said. "Fera did not practice with us in preseason because of some off-the-field antics, so he's now getting back in the groove.  Hopefully, he'll start to put some of that stuff behind him and he'll be more productive than he's been and maybe, he can beat out the kid that's ahead of him right now."

For more on Penn State's special teams, be sure to check out our feature on the topic from yesterday.

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