Penn State Football 2013 Spring Wrap Up
I think the biggest takeaway I had from Penn State’s spring is that they may have a little more depth than initially thought, at least on offense. The running game looks as though it will be in good shape if everyone stays healthy.
The quarterback situation will be sorted over the summer but could have a couple capable candidates worthy of the starting nod if called upon. We’re not talking about elite QBs in the country, but certainly some guys who can handle leading the offense.
One of the concerns will still be the depth on defense, most notably linebacker. This may be a looming problem heading into the season with no real answers. The good news is everyone stayed mostly healthy, so that’s a good note from the spring.
Nyeem Wartman is known by Penn State fans, but look for him to start grabbing some more widespread attention this season. The redshirt freshman will likely start at outside linebacker and can pack some punch on ball carriers. He delivered the biggest hit of the spring game.
On offense it looks as though another redshirt freshman could break out in 2013. Running back Akeel Lynch had himself a solid spring and benefited from a few extra reps with the first team with Bill Belton out with a toe injury. Lynch showed some good footwork and physical ability in the game, and he could very well be a significant part of Penn State’s running game in the fall.
QB: B The quarterbacks are raw but have some room to grow
TE: A- Clearly the strongest part of the team right now, with plenty of depth
ST: D Penn State still needs to find stability and reliability on special teams.
I get the sense right now this is a 7 or 8 win team. The quarterback position will be extremely shallow with experience with whoever ends up winning the job, but the running game should have some options to play with and that will help. I think it will take some time for Bill O’Brien to open up his play calling this season but they will still play a little risky with really little to lose.
The defense should be solid enough to keep games within reach and put the offense in good positions as long as they stay healthy. They lack elite players to compete with the likes of Ohio State and maybe Nebraska or Michigan, but a run for second place in the Leaders Division is certainly a realistic possibility.
Kevin McGuire of Nittany Lions Den provided the information for our Penn State Football 2013 Spring Wrap Up. For more Penn State football information, commentary and analysis, you can follow Kevin on Twitter @KevinOnCFB and Nittany Lion’s Den on Twitter and on Facebook.