5 Reasons Penn State Will Be Fine in 2012, and Beyond

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On Wednesday, two different people, whose opinions I greatly respect, made comments that I strongly disagree with. The comments alluded to Penn State being a three-win team in 2013. I just can’t see it. I won’t call them out by name (Chuck, Pat) but this is for you!

In no particular order, here are FIVE reasons why Penn State will not fall into obscurity in 2013:

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Silas Redd Was Not That Important.

Silas Redd is a terrific player. However, it’s not like the Nittany Lions are left playing with 10 players in his departure. Last year, Redd had 1,241 rushing yards, which was really good. It was actually the third best total for Penn State…in the last seven years. In fact, Penn State has produced a 1,000 yard rusher in eight consecutive seasons, including 1,200+ yard seasons from Evan Royster, Rodney Kinlaw and Tony Hunt. Bill Belton has a legit shot at approaching that 1,000 yard mark in 2012, and in 2013 he will be a junior, with a year of experience under his belt. Silas Redd may not have been at Penn State in 2013, whether or not he had transferred.

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