5 Penn State Freshmen to Watch in 2012

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The Penn State roster took a couple hits, as far as depth is concerned, when the NCAA allowed players to transfer from the roster. Those defections, combined with talent throughout the freshmen class at key positions will bring several players from the class of 2012 onto the playing field-some earlier than expected.

Jesse James TE

Jesse enrolled in January and immediately went to work. He shined in the Blue-White game and left spring practice listed as a second string tight end. When asked if Jesse would play in 2012, Bill O’Brien quickly replied “Oh yeah, definitely.”

The 6’7″ James is an ideal red zone target, and despite O’Brien’s plea to temper the expectations on his tight ends, many believe Jesse will become a starter, sooner rather than later, in BOB’s tight end-driven offense. The transfer of Kevin Haplea may help speed up that process.

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