Penn State Nittany Lions Season Preview
Penn State Nittany Lions
Head Coach: James Franklin
2014 Record: 7-6 (2-6 Big Ten)
Key Losses: DL Deion Barnes, DL C.J. Olaniyan, LB Mike Hull, DB Adrian Amos, RB Bill Belton, TE Jesse James, OL Donovan Smith, K Sam Ficken
Offense: The Nittany Lions have the potential number one pick in next year’s NFL draft, with QB Christian Hackenberg under center, but Hackenberg is looking for a bounce-back season after seeing his touchdown-interception ratio go from 20-to-10 as a freshman to 12-to-15 as a sophomore. Penn State’s offensive line was abysmal last season allowing 44 sacks to their prized quarterback, but should be improved in 2015 with six o-lineman returning. The skill position players are young, but talented, headlined by juniors RB Akeel Lynch and WR DaeSean Hamilton. I would expect the Lions offense to be much better than in 2014, especially on the ground where they ranked 117th in the nation last year.
Defense: Penn State’s defense was fantastic against the run last season, ranking fourth in the entire nation, but they have some holes to fill–specifically at linebacker and defensive end. With LB and Big Ten leading tackler Mike Hull lost to graduation, junior Nyeem Wartman, a two-year starter at outside backer will slid inside to man the middle for the Lions in 2015. The secondary is their strong-suit, returning three starters as they look to return Penn State to their glory days as one of the best defense’s in the country seemingly every year.
Outlook: If the Nittany Lions can improve up front, specifically on offense, they have a chance to be a dark-horse candidate in the Big Ten. Their schedule, while playing powerhouses Ohio State and Michigan State, is fairly easy with those two being the only true road tests in 2015. I would expect Penn State to be 6-0 when they head to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes, giving them a chance to secure a stranglehold on the Big Ten, that is, if they beat the reigning National Champs.
Prediction: 10-2 (6-2 Big Ten)
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