We are officially a week away from finally seeing the Penn State Nittany Lions on the football field in a real game. This has been a very exciting and eventful offseason in Happy Valley and fans are itching at the chance to see what new head coach James Franklin can bring to the program.
The new head man has certainly done a lot of talking since taking over in January. He’s discussed his respect for the past at Penn State and his plans for building future success.
He’s said and done all of the right things to get the program into the forefront. The most dramatic and immediate change that Franklin has made has been the impact on recruiting. The Nittany Lions are now reaching into areas in which they never had much of a presence in and are collecting verbal commitments from some of the top recruits in the nation.
To go along with the positive vibes that have been coming out of State College, the football team has some very talented players returning. With a trio of running backs, several quality defenders and the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year under center, the Nittany Lions have high hopes for 2014.
However, expectations for the upcoming season should be tempered. The Nittany Lions are still dealing with roster issues due to NCAA sanctions that limited scholarships. The offensive line is a huge question mark, as is the linebackers. A lack of depth and experience at both positions may cause some problems this year.
It’s almost time to stop talking about what we expect from Penn State and start watching the team perform on the field. With that, VBR brings you three questions heading into the Croke Park Classic on Saturday.