Penn State Football: 10 storylines that will define Nittany Lions’ 2021 season

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There are plenty of things Penn State Football fans should look for in the new season, which has all the makings of a bounce back season for James Franklin’s Nittany Lions.

From break out stars, to position battles, and even an intriguing schedule … there is no shortage of things to be excited about as Penn State Football’s 2021 season gets underway.

There are plenty of variables that should give fans reason for optimism that the Nittany Lions could come roaring back this fall. especially as we try to move past a roller coaster of emotions, both on and off the field, over the past year…

here are 10 things for Penn State Football fans to watch for in the 2021 season

10. Penn State Football’s Offensive Line’s Performance

Will Penn State Football’s offensive line be one of the best in the country in 2021?

Probably not, but they very well may take a big step forward from last season.

James Franklin had a lot to say about his offensive line during his interview with the Big Ten Network during their annual campus tour. Franklin mentions that Penn State Football has the best pair of offensive tackles that they have had since he became head coach in 2014. That pair consists of Caedan Wallace, and potential 2022 first round draft pick, Rasheed Walker.

Additionally, he mentions Mike Miranda, who will move to the center position this season. He has played a lot of football in his career. Miranda previously played the guard position along the Nittany Lions’ offensive line. Franklin also said the staff is very high on Juice Scruggs at the guard position.

That leaves a position battle, as Franklin brought up, for the final guard position. The three names who that job could go to are; Des Holmes, Anthony Whigan, and Harvard transfer Eric Wilson. Wilson brings a lot of experience at the Division 1 level. Regardless of who gets that starting spot, having this competition should bring out the best in those guys, as well as provide depth.

All of these variables up front for the offense should give Penn State football fans reason for excitement and optimism this season.