One week. That’s all that is left between the oh so long off season, and the start of fall camp for the 2013 Penn State Nittany Lions. As we will do throughout the season, the VBR staff and I will share our thoughts on game predictions, and other big events. Leading up to the start of camp, we will tackle some of the major questions facing Penn State. Today, it’s the biggest question mark, other than quarterback, that PSU must address.
Lead Editor Matt de Bear (@PSUMatt2005)
For me, it’s really quite simple: linebacker depth. I am not sure how that is necessarily answered, but it’s going to be the biggest challenge PSU has to address this fall and throughout the season. The starting 3 (or 4 if you choose to include Ben Kline) appears pretty solid. Behind them, however, there is nothing but unanswered questions. I am intrigued by the long term prospects for Gary Wooten, and true freshman Brandon Bell has a bright future as well. But it remains to be seen how ready either is regular duty at this point. Bill O’Brien hinted at Adrian Amos and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong seeing time at linebacker, and if injuries hit the regulars, expect to see some more creativity.
Staff Writer Eric Sion (@ericbsion)
Since I couldn’t decide on one, I have two big questions facing Penn State this fall (other than the quarterback situation). First is the linebacker unit. We all know what Glenn Carson and Mike Hull have done and what they’re capable of doing in 2013. But that third starter, which looks like it’ll be Nyeem Wartman, has me a little concerned. He has almost zero experience at this level and there isn’t much depth behind him. So the margin for error for these linebackers is obviously very slim. My other question is about replacing Jordan Hill at defensive tackle. Kyle Baublitz is projected to replace Hill and those are some big shoes to fill. Hopefully Baublitz, DaQuan Jones and the other defensive tackles that Larry Johnson has at his disposal can ease the loss of Hill.
Staff Writer Barry Leonard Jr. (@barryleonardjr)
Staff Writer Corey Hunter (@realhuntdog23)