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‘We got to go have fun’: RB coach Seider says players ‘forgot how to have fun’

Penn State running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider spoke about six words that could make the difference for the rest of this season.

“We got to go have fun,” Seider said on a Zoom call Thursday morning.

The Nittany Lions not only are 0-3, in their last game, they appeared disinterested and got pounded by Maryland, 35-19.

A lot of things have gone against the team this season, and the squad was dealt another blow this week when it was announced running back Journey Brown has to retire from football because of a heart condition.

Seider spoke at length about Brown on Thursday, and he finished his press conference by mentioning the stuff about how the team needs to have fun.

“It’s like, dude, this whole process, man, we forgot how to have fun,” Seider said. “When you have fun it breeds confidence.

“I’m guilty of that too,” he added. “I’ve been coaching, but I lost that part of it, and then probably pressing more because of the dynamics of the (running backs) room change. I got to get back to doing it.”

If that can happen, Seider believes the Lions can turn things around.

“We got good players, we still know how to freaking coach,” he said. “We just got to do it. And it’s time for us to hit the switch and do it together, all in — players, coaches, all of us, man, get back to having fun, man. And the rest of it will take care itself.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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