PENN STATE – Like any team, the 2014 Nittany Lions have some bright spots and some.not so bright spots on the roster. Christian Hackenberg and Jesse James are names people will know this fall. As long as the offensive line allows it, of course.
A big question circling Penn State heading into this week was how it would respond after last week's whooping at Ohio State. The Nittany Lions did just enough to win against Illinois, taking the overtime victory.
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Gone are the record-breaking performances of Allen Robinson along with the veteran leadership and on-field dominance of DaQuan Jones and William V. Campbell Award winner John Urschel. There are plenty of players vying for their spots on the current roster, but filling the shoes of college's elite players won't be easy.
When James Franklin took over at Penn State in early January, he wasn't too familiar with his current roster. Being a head coach in the SEC doesn't leave much time for scouting Big Ten teams not on the schedule.