Penn State Spring Practice – Five (Non QB) Questions

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Nov 17, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) runs with the ball on his way to the end zone for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Indiana Hoosiers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

WHO ARE THE LEADERS?

This might be a bigger question than who takes that first offensive snap in MetLife Stadium.  Throughout everything that transpired from November 2011 through the start of the 2012 season, it was last year’s senior class that took ownership of the program.  Guys like Michael Mauti, Michael Zordich, Matt McGloin, and Jordan Hill rallied their teammates first to stick with PSU, then to not get too down after an 0-2 start.  Those guys are now gone, leaving a sizeable void that needs to be filled.  I always look towards the senior class, and the program appears to be in good hands there with guys like Gary Gilliam (who actually has 2 years left, but will be in his 5th year), John Urschel, and Eric Shrive.  Going back to the junior class, you have an exceptionally close group, “The Supa Six”, nearly all of whom will continue to have significant roles on the 2013 team.

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  • Willie Green

    Good analysis.
    While the competition at QB will attract the most attention, I’m more intrigued by the move of Cadogan & Golden from offense to defense. Although none of us really know who will eventually win “starting positions”, I think those two moves will prove key to putting the best talent that we have available on the field in September.

    • PSUMatt2005

      I’m definitely intrigued by Golden to D. His high school film showed a very athletic player, and I love the idea of a bigger CB (6’1″), which I’m guessing is where he’ll end up, as opposed to safety.

      I’m biased, but I really think leadership is going to be huge. There was so much natural charisma around last year’s seniors, plus the “us against the world” mentality. There will still be some of that, but not like 2012. Any good team has excellent leadership form within, and it’s going to be really neat to see who amongst this team steps into that void.