Penn State Football: 5 questions Nittany Lions must answer this spring

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin (Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports)
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Penn State Nittany Lions offensive linesman Michal Menet (Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports) /

3. The depth is there, but who starts along the interior of the offensive line?

Penn State football lost center Michael Menet and starting right guard Will Fries to the NFL, and will need to replace their presence on the interior of the offensive line next fall.

Franklin went out and got transfer Eric Wilson from Harvard, a 6-foot-4 and 325 pound guard, who was second team All-Ivy in 2019. Wilson figures to contend with Juice Scruggs, Des Holmes and even potentially polarizing freshman Landon Tengwall for one of the guard positions.

Assuming guard Mike Miranda moves over to center, left and right guards are up for the taking. Scruggs, who was finally healthy after a car accident, really came on late and looked great at left guard last season, highlighted by some pancake blocks in the season finale against Illinois.

The Nittany Lions should have good depth, but need to figure out who has the upper hand going into fall camp at right guard. Holmes saw valuable playing time last season, while Wilson is an intriguing prospect, but does warrant some concern with the level of competition he faced in the Ivy League.

Landon Tangwall has enrolled early, and at six-foot-six and 300 pounds, Franklin stated the other day he looks more like a junior in college than a kid who should still be in high school. He comes in as a tackle, but has the versatility to play all positions on the line outside of center, could make sense as a fix at guard next season.

A freshman like Tengwall breaking onto the scene and being a surprise starter, and a good one at that, could be the unforeseen boost this line needs to bring the offense to the next level.