Big 10 Preview: Penn State

By: AP - Email
By: AP - Email

James Franklin has energized Penn State fans with his in-your-face enthusiasm and five-star recruiting.

Now the tough part.

The Nittany Lions are still recovering from NCAA sanctions from the Jerry Sandusky scandal that included a massive reduction in scholarships. They are also still banned from postseason play.

Penn State lacks depth and experience throughout the roster, and is painfully thin at linebacker and along the offensive line.

There is also some front-line talent and potential spread around the Nittany Lions' depth chart, including one of the most promising quarterbacks in the county in Christian Hackenberg.

Year 1 of the James Franklin era at Penn State holds as much reason for optimism as concern.


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