PSU hires Anthony Midget as safeties coach

Penn State has filled its open coaching position by hiring former Georgia State defensive coordinator Anthony Midget.

Midget will coach the safeties, while John Butler -- who replaced Ted Roof as Penn State's defensive coordinator -- will continue to coach the cornerbacks. Midget was hired by Marshall toward the end of January, but opted to leave for Happy Valley.

"It's an honor to be part of the Penn State family and this great university," Midget said in a news release. "I am thankful to Coach [Bill] O'Brien for the opportunity to come to Penn State and am excited to get to know the players and get ready for spring practice."

Midget was a three-year starter at cornerback for Virginia Tech in the late 1990s. He was a fifth-round draft pick who played for the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before joining the Hokies as a graduate assistant in 2007.

One year later, he became a member of Georgia State's coaching staff and was promoted to defensive coordinator last season. The Panthers struggled to a 1-10 record and allowed 234 passing yards per game.

The Clewiston, Fla., native is expected to be a boon to Penn State's recruiting efforts thanks to his Southern roots. Roof was well-known around Georgia and also boasted strong ties to Alabama, so Midget's background should help him get a jump-start.