Five Guys Penn State Can't Afford To Lose

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Adam Rittenberg over at’s Big 10 blog has an interesting topic going on with all 12 conference schools.  Who are the most indispensable players on each side of the ball, for each team.  For the Lions, he singled out two pretty good candidates, Allen Robinson on offense, and Mike Hull on defense.  Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, here are the five folks Bill O’Brien can’t see go down this season.

Oct 27, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Mike Hull (43) sacks Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Hull

Yeah, this one is a given. Mike is arguably Penn State’s best player, and he certainly plays at the thinnest position on the depth chart. With Mauti and Hodges gone to graduation, he has taken on much more of a leadership role with the defense as well. Perhaps most importantly from a football standpoint, however, is his ability to play against both the run and the pass. Ted Roof’s decision to begin inserting Hull on a situational basis last season, prior to Mauti’s knee injury, is perhaps the biggest reason PSU’s defense took off last season after some early struggles, especially on 3rd down.

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