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:

photo by Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

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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Topics: Bill Belton, Bill O'Brien, Christian Hackenberg, Pj Jones, PSU, Silas Redd, Steven Bench

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  • Dan

    Tim, good article but your missing something–players transferring.
    Players have until preseason practice of next year to tranfer without penalty. I think that many freshman, and a handful of sophmores and juniors will leave after the season.
    That’s not even including the class of 2013, which I believe will be non-existent. I would be surprised if Hackenburg stays and some of the other recruits.
    It’s going to be a tough three to four years. Theres no doubt about it.

  • cage

    Just because nine cowards left the team does not mean the remaining 100+ men on the team will follow suit. A year from now the bond will be even stronger for those teammates n they have a quality the nine cowards who left don’t…CHARACTER!!!! WE ARE

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12416599 Adam Borland

    Ironic that you follow up a comment calling kids cowards with a comment about having character, cage. It was well within their right, and it is their own decision to make. If having character means insulting kids for making difficult decisions about their future, then you’ve got tons of it, and I don’t want any. Aside from that, Tim, I agree with you on this. Now, I don’t think PSU is more than a 6-7 win team for the next 5 years (with the possible exception of this year), but you could have posted one argument up there and been done with it: Schedule. Despite losing top tier players over the next few years, PSU will still get players of a better caliber, in most cases, than Indiana, MAC schools, Syracuse, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.kamens.5 Michael Kamens

    Really comes down to this. IF and it is a big IF, the 2013 class can remain intact as it currently sits, I think they can be fine and even contend when that class becomes eligible for post season. I think Hackeberg is that good. I think Brenneman is that good. You need an elite 22 players and then good backups. IF this class stays together, I see no reason BO’B can’t convince 15 good players to come here. Again the 2013 class is KEY. 2014 class and beyond will miss very few post seasons. I think Akeel Lynch and Belton will surprise people at back. I like what I am hearing about them. I think our young receivers will be fine. DB needs some depth but our starting 4 seem pretty good. Not gonna go 12-0 but I don’t see us going 3-9 either. Key is keeping 2013 class as is and not losing the big guns that can make our starting 22 as good as anyones on the field.

  • cage

    Perhaps character. Was the wrong word loyalty is a better fit n they r not kids they are men at age 18. If me being blunt about wats true offends u I offer my sincerest apologies but to turn your bak on those u call friends in a tough time is right than I’d rather be wrong. The grass isn’t always greener and those yellow nine will find out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12416599 Adam Borland

      You being blunt doesn’t offend me at all. You disrespecting young men by name calling, when they did nothing wrong, offends me. Sure, the players that stay will be rewarded by unwavering fan support at PSU, but that support doesn’t necessarily determine what’s best for them in their lives. They saw another opportunity and are trying to make the most of it. Support those that stayed all you want, but stop insulting those that left.

      • cage

        If they can’t take criticism they sure as hell can’t take a hit on that field.they ran from adversity n let their so called friends down by turning their backs..definiton of coward in my book. And as they had the right to transfer,I also have the right to have an opinion. I’m sure they have been called far worse than cowards in their lives. Don’t be so sensitive its a female trait

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12416599 Adam Borland

          Not being sensitive, simply wondering why you have such a strong opinion against these young men whose fellow players (the same ones that you claim they’re letting down and turning their backs on) have supported them and backed them completely. It’s ok, you’re the 1-5% of PSU fans that the rest wish had some common sense and would just stop talking…we have those at OSU too.

          • cage

            U must not have seen the comments our current players made about the yellow nine at media day yesterday…one even used the word coward when talking about nowicki the tackle that went to Illinois…. get ur facts strait or stay on osu blogs n I’m passionate becuz I bleed blue.there are hundreds of thousands alumni fans and current students who feel the same way about out family cuz WE ARE….

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12416599 Adam Borland

            I was basing it on this: 1280620-penn-state-football-analyzing-players-twitter-reactions-to-silas-redd-transfer
            I’ve still only heard of one player that had negative public comments. Regardless, I disagree with your opinion and you with mine. Fair enough, and I hope PSU recovers from this scandal, but “coward” is still too strong a word for transferring schools.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timtolley.vbr Tim Tolley Vbr

    The freshmen had the opportunity to leave before ever taking part in a Penn State practice. I’m not sure it makes a ton of sense to waste a year of eligibility and then transfer to a new system.

  • Dan

    The (true) freshman did have a chance to leave, but why would they? They were there for a little over a month, trying to get adjusted to the college life and find their niche. Eighteen year olds we are talking about.

    I hope I’m wrong but it’s very hard seeing most of our freshman stay. I think once the emotions cool down and they see the opportunity elsewhere to at least get the chance to play for a championship or a bowl game, they will take that opportunity.

    I do believe the 2013 class will be bad. However, 2014 and 2015 classes will see much improvement. Fact of the matter is that we just simply do not know what will happen. All we can do is hope for the best. Go State!

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