B1G Spring Football Preview: The Penn State Nittany Lions

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Spring football is wrapping up, as is the Know It All Football B1G Spring Preview. But we aren’t done just yet and either are the majority of your favorite B1G squads. As fans across the B1G landscape pack the house to see the strides their team has made over the last month, we still have you covered on what to watch for before they pack it in for the summer. Sit back and enjoy as today we take a look at the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Penn State

Camp Opens: March 18th

Spring Game: April 20th

The biggest question mark for this week’s spring game will be who will replace fifth-year senior Matt McGloin at QB. McGloin had an up and down career at Penn State but he was clearly one of the brightest stories for the B1G in the 2012 season. Sophomore Steven Branch has the inside track and has a season under his belt in the system but head coach Bill O’Brien has brought in juco star Tyler Ferguson to push things. O’Brien’s offensive scheme can be complex and, while the salty senior McGloin strived within it in a very short time, the jury is still out on how his younger QBs will fair.

Whoever gets the nod at QB should have a stock pile of weapons at his side ready to get the ball. Redshirt freshman and jewel of the 2012 recruiting class Eugene Lewis should flourish and push for a starting wide out spot. Adam Breneman, who was the #1 tight end recruit of the country, is recovering from injury but hopes to still make an impact in 2013. Whether he will see any playing time in the spring game is still to be determined but he rounds out what could be a very potent group of receiving targets for the Nittany Lions this fall.

On defense, the task of replacing the All –Big Ten Linebacker tandem of Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges will be a huge key this spring. But even with the scholarship sanctions levied against this program, it will still likely be known as “Linebacker U” going forward. Look for the names Ben Kline and Nyeem Wartman to emerge alongside the experienced Mike Hull in the middle. Penn State was abused by teams with good passing games last season (ranked 10th in the B1G against the pass) and while O’Brien proved that he could field a potent pass attack, his success this season will hang on whether he can stop one.

Up Next: Purdue

BY RYAN OSBAHR ON APRIL 18th, 2013

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