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Mike Hull leading the LB's. Zettel tearing it up on the DL. Lewis out wide with A Rob. ZZ, Belton, and Lynch tearing it up on the ground.
Biggest question mark will be IMO the DT spot. Who steps in for Hill? Who provides meaningful depth? I think this is the year where the pressure from PSU once again comes from the outside along the DL.
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So tough to pick just one guy... if I had to I'd go with Mike Hull.
I think based on what he showed last year that he be special in a full-time, starting role.
I am excited to see what Anthony Zettel will do. I personally think he will have an Allen Robinson type break out year. I think having him and Deion rushing off the edge will be just brutal for teams. DaQuan Jones is no push over either, literally LOL. I'm not too worried about our defensive line like some folks.
Also I am excited to see this QB battle, but I expect Bench to win.
Oh....and I can't wait to see Hack & AB rocking the blue and white!!!
Austin Johnson. Daquan Jones. Deion Barnes. Olanyian/Zettel. I think the defensive line can be really good this year. I also want to see if Jones can follow in the tradition of Odrick, Still, Hill. If he does, the line should be better as it's likely the defensive ends will provide more of a rush next year. I have high hopes for Barnes...should be a flat out problem for offensive lines next year.
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Hey, you stole my reply.
I think Hackenburg's dad had a strong preference for Christian to red shirt. That being said, what was the last season in which our QB will have this much overall talent around him? Have we had this much skill around the QB since 94? Great OL this year, great RB play with depth and potentially the having one of the best statistical seasons ever at WR and TE. Whoever gets the QB job will be given all the tools. Long year for the PSU haters IMO
Eugene Lewis. Arob and him could really start taking away the outsides on the defense which is only going to open up an already dynamic TE game even more
Haha a day late and a dollar short my friend!
You know, hearing all of these great responses - it only reminds me of how convinced I am that the media is still getting it wrong.... heard the other day - it was Robert Smith - saying it will be really tough in the coming few years for us. He was also very complimentary towards BOB..... but I don't really see us being very challenged during the sanction period. We have a ton of young talent...and more coming in. As always, the team is highly dependent on the QB play, but I have confidence, given who we have and how BOB developed McGloin. Who here would be shocked at another 8-4 season? I certainly wouldn't be. Nor would I with a 9-3 or 10-2 season..... Is it too much kool-aide? Maybe, but don't think so.
These are all great answers, so just to be different, I will say Ben Kline.
He may have a fight in front of him to be a starter against a healthy Wartman, but right now he is penciled in as the starter and the only unproven of the starting linebackers. Kline had great reviews two year ago when he redshirted but was very quiet last year. His development is one of the keys to the defense this year imo.
I'm excited to see what he can do as a starter.
Whoever the QB is on offense.
O---Matt Lehman....he reminded me of the Gronk at times with some of his catch and runs.
D----Anthony Zettel....release the beast!!!!!
Special Teams---Jordan Smith....can't wait to watch him pop someone.
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Funny, Robert Smith came to mind for me as well. Struggle my ass. Yes we lose key seniors. Didn't every other team? Every position is loaded with skill. QB is the only concern assuming average injury totals. What if we get good QB play? Who is covering all of these guys while stopping ZZ and backs. Defense loses leadership but Hull, Zettell, Johnson, Wartman are going to be new forces. 9-10 win season is possibility with good health and QB play.
I'm really excited to see what Lynch, Belton, and ZZ can do this year. I honestly think we will have to lean on those guys and the OL until the QB's get a few games under them. I think we need to temper our expectations when it comes to the QB play. Not a single one has any real D1 experience. As much as McGloin struggled in previous years he did gain a lot of valuable experience. That can't be understated. That's what allowed him to make such a big leap once he got some real QB coaching. Now that being said, I think we have a ton of potential at the position. It's just going to take some time to develop. 2014 should be the year when we really see that potential come to fruition. Hopefully I'm wrong and these guys are fast learners. Can't wait to watch it unfold. Should be fun!
Zach Zwinak. He only really played in 9 games last year and still got 1,000 yards. Our line has the potential to be pretty good and the QB, whoever it is, may need a few games to settle in. I don't think it's a long shot to see him get 1,500+ yards next year provided he stays healthy.
100% with you on this one!
To change it up a little, I am most INTERESTED in, not necessarily excited about, whoever wins the OT spot opposite Donovan. Solid play there will make life easier for whoever plays QB.
Otherwise, Lewis on offense and Wartman on defense.
“We need to keep this (expletive) together,” Mauti and Zordich to Hill
ehh I'm still iffy on Belton as the starting RB. He still tends to carry the ball like a WR. If Lynch can hold onto the ball he could be the most exciting. Remember both Zwinak and Belton had multi-fumble games this past season (hopefully just adjusting to the increased work loads). Robinson should show All-American potential this season, so I'll go with him; 1,200+ receiving yards
I don't think he will get the carries to get to 1500 yards. I think we will see more of a diverse ground attack. Belting and Lynch will get their share of touches.
2008 offense was pretty damn good. 3 WRs were exceptional experience. A very solid TE in Shuler. Royster was a good RB. OL was the best in quite some time. As for this upcoming season, I wouldn't say the OL is "great". Smith & Urschel are really the only two guys at this point who have proven themselves to be All-B1G players. I wouldn't say the other spots are question marks, but they certainly aren't exclamations points either. Howle recovered well from his injury & took over for Miles D late, but they should both be solid at C and the opposite G spot. The RT spot is a question mark though, no doubt. Someone's gonna have to step up for sure.
But yes, this is still gonna be a very strong offense. We will improve everywhere minus QB.
I can't pick between Akeel Lynch and Geno Lewis.
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