Penn State Football 2018: Three Nittany Lions to Watch Against Kent State

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PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 08: Trace McSorley #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions makes a pass against Saleem Brightwell #9 of the Pittsburgh Panthers on September 8, 2018 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

After an impressive win over in-state rival Pittsburgh, Penn State returns to Beaver Stadium to face Kent State in their final non-conference game.  Who are the Nittany Lion players you should watch?

Would the real Penn State Nittany Lions please stand up?

After two games, the Nittany Lions have one of the most prolific offenses in the country, ranking 16th nationally in points per game (48.0).  They also rank near the bottom of the FBS in rush defense (202.0 yards allowed per game).

At times Penn State has looked like an unstoppable force on offense,  but a pushover on defense.

A complete 60-minute game showing dominance in all three phases needs to be on the menu this weekend.  The Nittany Lion players are unlikely to admit it, especially with James Franklin’s weekly Super Bowl mantra getting headlines, but while keeping one eye on their opponent this week, the Nittany Lions are likely peeking ahead to Ohio State, Penn State’s opponent on September 29th.

They know that only a few games remain before the big “White Out” showdown and much still remains to be done and cleaned up, especially on defense.

In their final non-conference tune-up before Big Ten play, the Nittany Lions will play host to the MAC Conference foe Kent State Golden Flashes.

The Golden Flashes are a work-in-progress and employ the youngest head coach in the FBS (Sean Lewis – 31 years of age).

While Kent State does return their top playmakers on offense in quarterback Dustin Crum, running back Justin Rankin, and wide receiver Trey Harrell as well as defensive leader Jim Jones, they are returning to a squad that finished 2017 with a 2-10 record.

The reality is Penn State is simply better in all facets of the game.  However, the Nittany Lions need to use this game to clean up aspects of their game that have been either underutilized and/or inconsistent and disappointing.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Nittany Lion players you should keep an eye on during the game?

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