After having most of this week focused on Penn State Media Day, it’s time to get back to the few remaining player previews. The next defensive player up to profile is senior defensive end Brad Bars.
Bars hails from Nashville, Tennessee and is another Nittany Lion that comes from a strong football family. Bars’ father and uncle played football for Notre Dame, while his grandfather played at Michigan. Also, his brother Blake currently plays for Michigan and yet another brother, Alex, is an incoming freshman football player at Notre Dame.
Rivals listed Brad as a two-star recruit coming out of Montgomery Bell Academy and he was actually recruited as an outside linebacker. In addition to Penn State, Bars also considered offers from Arkansas State, Army, Central Michigan, Georgia Southern and Navy.
After using a redshirt his first year on campus in 2010, Bars saw playing time in 12 games in 2011 and eight games in 2012. Then about one year ago, Bars ruptured his Achilles tendon and was forced to miss the entire 2013 season.
So it’s safe to say that the 6-3, 263-pounder is itching to get back onto the field and play for this new coaching staff.
Assuming Bars is fully recovered from his Achilles tendon injury, he should be a top reserve on Sean Spencer’s defensive line. As VBR has documented throughout these player previews, defensive end is a position that certainly has depth, so something in the neighborhood of 15-20 tackles and two sacks seem possible for Bars in 2014.