September 15, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Glenn Carson (40) defends the Navy Midshipmen offense in the second half at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Navy, 34-7. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Football Top Players-#7 Glenn Carson

As we move along with our top player countdown, the next guy up is personally one of my favorite Nittany Lions. Checking in at number seven is senior middle linebacker Glenn Carson. Carson has started at middle linebacker for the past two seasons and has done a rock solid job. In 2012, Carson recorded 85 tackles, three tackles for loss, broke up three passes and had one sack. His best performances last season were a 14-tackle game against Nebraska and a 13-tackle effort in the season finale versus Wisconsin.

My fellow New Jersey native could best be described as your typical hard-nosed, physical Penn State linebacker. Playing in the shadows of Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges the last couple of seasons, Carson isn’t flashy or brash in any way. He has always kept to himself and has simply done his job. Carson will be the veteran of a relatively young and inexperienced linebacking corps in 2013.

Carson will be flanked by Mike Hull and Nyeem Wartman on the outside and will definitely need to step up his game now that Mauti and Hodges are gone. Carson has also been noted by the coaching staff as one of the emerging leaders of the team. Another great thing about Carson is his durability, as he hasn’t missed a game the last two seasons. And since Penn State lacks depth at linebacker this season, Carson’s health is particularly important.

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