Penn State Nittany Lions Football Season Preview History
2011 Penn State Football Preview:
Led by Joe Paterno, one of the most storied coaches in all of sport, the Penn State Nittany Lions will once again challenge the top teams in the Big 10 for the conference crown. Though they stumbled a bit to a 7-6 finish in 2010, a wealth of young talent has them poised for a breakout season.
When it comes to the offense, the entire thing will be centered around which of the three young quarterbacks gets the majority of playing time. Signs point to either Rob Bolden or Matt McGloin, both of whom got playing time last year and have one more year of experience under their belts. As for skill positions, Penn State will miss the contributions of Evan Royster who left for the NFL, however wide receiver Derek Moye is extremely talented.
Penn State often hangs its hat on having a stout defense, and this year should be no different. Though last year was a bit of a down season in terms of points allowed, this season should be different thanks to a health core of talented players including linebacker Micahel Mauti, cornerback Stephon Morris and defensive end Eric Latimore.
2010 Penn State Football Preview:
Penn State coach Joe Paterno is returning to Happy Valley for an unprecedented 44th year and after losing quarterback Daryll Clark it may be difficult for him to improve upon - or match - the Nittany Lions 11-2 season last year.
Sophomore Kevin Newsome will take over the quarterback slot, though he does not have much experience. However, there is good news as senior running back Evan Royster, who has ran for more than 1,000 yards twice in his career, will accompany Newsome in the backfield. Royster and an experienced offensive line should provide the offense with some much needed stability.
Defensively, Penn State will have a tough job replacing five starters on a squad that ranked first in the conference in scoring defense by only allowing 12.2 points per game. Senior tackle Ollie Ogbu will be a force up the middle and will surely be a challenge for opposing offenses to run against.
Although the Nittany Lions have a lot of potential, their schedule is one of the toughest in the country. The second week of the season they head to Tuscaloosa to take on defending national champion Alabama, and they have to travel to Ohio for a late-season showdown with Ohio State.
2009 Penn State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Joe Paterno
The top national story for the 2009 Penn State Nittany Lions football season will likely be about whether JoePa will retire. Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno has coached the Nittany Lions for over 40 years and will be 82 years old when the season starts. So its natural that media outside Pennsylvania will continue to focus on this story. Closer to Happy Valley the stories will likely be about how Penn State can improve upon their 11-2 record from 2008. The Nittany Lions return QB Daryll Clark and RB Evan Royster to anchor a dangerous PSU offense. If they can put points on the board and JoePa gets the Penn State defense playing lights out then State fans could be booking plane tickets to Pasadena for early January 2010.