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2014 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

July 21, 2014
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2014 PENN STATE NITTANY LIONS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Penn State Nittany Lions (1987 - Pres)

2013 Record: (7-5, 4-4)
2013 Bowl: None
Coach: JAMES FRANKLIN (0-0 at Penn State, 24-15 overall)
Offensive Coordinator: JOHN DONOVAN
Defensive Coordinator: BOB SHOOP

Returning Leaders:
Rushing: Zach Zwinak, RB, 989 yards
Passing: Christian Hackenberg, QB, 2,955 yards
Receiving: Jesse James, TE, 333 yards
Tackles: Mike Hull, LB, 78
Sacks: C.J. Olaniyan, DE, 5.0
Interceptions: Ryan Keiser, S, 3; Jordan Lucas, CB, 3

Other Key Returnees: CB Adrian Amos, DE Deion Barnes, TE Adam Breneman, S Ryan Keiser, OT Donovan Smith, LB Nyeem Wartman

Key Losses: DT Kyle Baublitz, LB Glenn Carson, WR Brandon Felder, OT Adam Gress, DT DaQuan Jones, WR Allen Robinson, S Malcolm Willis

 Penn State Nittany Lions (2005 - Pres)

Penn State has a long way to go to become an elite football program again but they are making strides in the right direction. The biggest issues facing the Nittany Lions this season will be the offensive line and the ability of the linebackers to make plays.

Depth on the offensive line will be a huge issue for Coach Franklin especially after losing guard Miles Dieffenbach in the spring with a knee injury then lost center Wendy Laurent in the Blue-White game with a leg injury. To provide depth, Penn State moved DT’s Derek Dowrey and Brian Gaia to guard. OT Donovan Smith will be joined by Angelo Mangiro to round out the OL.

Penn State will try to win around QB Christian Hackenberg, the Big Ten Freshman of the year, after he threw for 2,955 yards and 20 TD’s. Hackenberg has talent around him including RB Zach Zwinak who rushed for 1,989 yards over the past two seasons. Bill Belton has gained 1,036 all-purpose yards in 2013 and Akeel Lynch averaged 6.0 yards per carry.

Losing WR Allen Robinson to the NFL will be hard to replace. Penn State will use Matt Zanellato, Richy Anderson and DeAndre Thompkins to fill the role as receivers. TE’s Jesse James, Kyle Carter and Adam Breneman return after catching 58 passes for 741 yards and seven scores combined.

Bob Shoop is the new DC and he has a lot of word to do. Seven starters are back including LB Mike Hull, DE CJ Olaniyan and S Adrian Amos. 2012 Big Ten Freshman Defensive POY Olaniyan saw his numbers drop off dramatically in 2013. DT Austin Johnson will be joined by former DE Anthony Zettel, who will move to DT. Mike Hull will now play MLB with Brandon Bell and Nyeem Wartman playing OLB.

The secondary returns three starters including CB’s Trevor Williams and Jordan Lucas. Adrian Amos is back at S. Ryan Keiser will start at the other S spot after coming on late last season.

Penn State isn’t bowl eligible and their offensive line is very suspect. Winning seven games this season would be a bonus.

 Penn State Nittany Lions (2005 - Pres)

2013 Team Stats:
Rushing Offense: 174.0 (57th in nation, 7th in conference)
Passing Offense: 259.2 (37, 3)
Total Offense: 433.2 (43, 4)
Scoring Offense: 28.7 (69, 8)
Rushing Defense: 144.0 (36, 6)
Pass Defense: 237.3 (73, 8)
Total Defense: 381.3 (48, 8)
Scoring Defense: 26.2 (59, 7)
Turnover Margin: -0.2 (74, 8)
Sacks: 2.33 (39, 3)
Sacks Allowed: 1.83 (52, 7)

2014 SCHEDULE:

 

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
08/30/14 vs. UCF TV Croke Park; Dublin, Ireland 8:30 a.m. ET
09/06/14 vs. Akron TV University Park, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET
09/13/14 at Rutgers * TV New Brunswick, N.J. 8:00 p.m. ET
09/20/14 vs. Massachusetts University Park, Pa. TBA
09/27/14 vs. Northwestern * University Park, Pa. 12:00 p.m. ET
10/11/14 at Michigan * TV Ann Arbor, Mich. 7:00 p.m. ET
10/25/14 vs. Ohio State * TV University Park, Pa. 8:00 p.m. ET
11/01/14 vs. Maryland * University Park, Pa. TBA
11/08/14 at Indiana * Bloomington, Ind. TBA
11/15/14 vs. Temple University Park, Pa. TBA
11/22/14 at Illinois * Champaign, Ill. TBA
11/29/14 vs. Michigan State * University Park, Pa. TBA
12/06/14 Big Ten Championship Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis TBA


2014 ROSTER:

 

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No.NamePos.Cl./Exp.Ht./Wt.Hometown/High SchoolH.S. Coach
2 allen marcus Marcus Allen DB 1 FR/FR 74 6-2/196 Upper Marlboro, Md./Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. Dalawn Parrish
23 allen mark Mark Allen RB 1 FR/FR 67 5-7/184 Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic Elijah Brooks
37 alston kyle Kyle Alston CB 3 SO/FR 69 5-9/173 Robbinsville, N.J./Robbinsville Jason Gray
48 ammerman ryan Ryan Ammerman LB 3 SO/FR 73 6-1/220 West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep Kevin Pelligrini
4 amos adrian Adrian Amos Saf 7 SR/SR 72 6-0/209 Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College Donald Davis
85 apke troy Troy Apke WR 1 FR/FR 73 6-1/185 Mt. Lebanon, Pa./Mount Lebanon Mike Melnyk
86 baker deshawn Deshawn Baker WR 7 SR/JR 72 6-0/188 Philadelphia, Pa./William Penn Jeff Humble
35 baney matthew Matthew Baney LB 5 JR/JR 72 6-0/230 State College, Pa./State College Al Wolski
18 barnes deion Deion Barnes DE 7 SR/JR 76 6-4/255 Philadelphia, Pa./Northeast Chris Riley
91 barney tarow Tarow Barney DT 5 JR/JR 73 6-1/289 Gainesville, Fla./Bainbridge Ed Pilcher
31 bars brad Brad Bars DE 9 GS/SR 75 6-3/263 Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy Dan McGugin
60 beh noah Noah Beh OL 1 FR/FR 78 6-6/257 Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep Nick Donato
26 bell brandon Brandon Bell LB 3 SO/SO 73 6-1/222 Mays Landing, N.J./Oakcrest Chuck Smith
1 belton bill Bill Belton RB 7 SR/SR 70 5-10/204 Sicklerville, N.J./Winslow Township Mike McBride
13 blacknall saeed Saeed Blacknall WR 1 FR/FR 75 6-3/210 Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan Ed Gurrieri
51 boyce drew Drew Boyce LB 7 SR/JR 73 6-1/203 Olathe, Kan./Northwest Todd Dain
81 breneman adam Adam Breneman TE 3 SO/SO 76 6-4/243 Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cedar Cliff Jim Cantafio
75 brosnan brendan Brendan Brosnan OL 1 FR/FR 78 6-6/286 Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South Dave Inserra
96 brown torrence Torrence Brown DL 1 FR/FR 75 6-3/253 Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy Robert Johnson
40 cabinda jason Jason Cabinda LB 1 FR/FR 73 6-1/248 Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Matthew Perotti
1 campbell christian Christian Campbell DB 1 FR/FR 73 6-1/183 Phenix City, Ala./Central Woodrow Lowe
87 carter kyle Kyle Carter TE 7 SR/JR 75 6-3/241 Bear, Del./William Penn Bill Cole
33 chiappialle cole Cole Chiappialle RB 3 SO/SO 68 5-8/211 Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk Joe Hamilton
45 cole adam Adam Cole LB 5 JR/SO 71 5-11/223 Belle Vernon, Pa./Belle Vernon Area Aaron Krepps
54 corcoran sean Sean Corcoran KS 3 SO/FR 72 6-0/206 Bourbonnais, Ill./Bishop McNamara Rich Zinanni
52 cothran curtis Curtis Cothran DE 3 SO/FR 77 6-5/235 Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North Adam Collachi
41 cothren parker Parker Cothren DT 3 SO/FR 77 6-5/271 Huntsville, Ala./Hazel Green Matthew Putnam
36 crafford hunter Hunter Crafford LB 3 SO/FR 73 6-1/211 Greenville, N.C./Ayden-Grifton Paul Cornwell
17 crook d.j. D.J. Crook QB 3 SO/FR 73 6-1/213 West Barnstable, Mass./Worcester Academy Tony Johnson
3 davis da'quan Da'Quan Davis CB 5 JR/JR 70 5-10/171 Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College HS Donald Davis
38 davis desi Desi Davis CB 3 SO/FR 70 5-10/165 Admore, Pa./Harriton Matthew Bahr
69 deboef adam Adam DeBoef T 1 FR/FR 77 6-5/265 State College, Pa./State College Al Wolski
39 della valle jesse Jesse Della Valle Saf 9 GS/SR 73 6-1/203 Pittsburgh, Pa./Shaler Area Neil Gordon
78 devenney tom Tom Devenney C 3 SO/FR 73 6-1/299 Lititz, Pa./Warwick Bob Locker
65 dieffenbach miles Miles Dieffenbach G 9 GS/SR 75 6-3/303 Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel Bryan Deal
53 dowrey derek Derek Dowrey G 5 JR/SO 75 6-3/323 Winchester, Va./John Handley Tony Rayburn
20 dudas jordan Jordan Dudas Saf 7 SR/JR 72 6-0/214 Lake City, Pa./Girard Jim Funk
7 farmer koa Koa Farmer DB 1 FR/FR 73 6-1/208 Lake View Terrace, Calif./Notre Dame Kevin Rooney
16 fessler billy Billy Fessler QB 1 FR/FR 71 5-11/183 Erie, Pa./Erie Cathedral Prep Mike Mischler
97 ficken sam Sam Ficken PK 7 SR/SR 74 6-2/186 Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso Mark Hoffman
72 gaia brian Brian Gaia G 5 JR/SO 75 6-3/291 Pasadena, Md./Gilman School Biff Poggi
14 gaines kasey Kasey Gaines CB 3 SO/FR 70 5-10/161 Lawrenceville, Ga./Grayson Mickey Conn
74 galimberti evan Evan Galimberti G 3 SO/FR 76 6-4/268 State College, Pa./State College Area Al Wolski
82 garrity gregg Gregg Garrity WR 3 SO/SO 69 5-9/153 Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny Art Walker
31 geiger adam Adam Geiger RB 3 SO/SO 69 5-9/191 Dillsburg, Pa./Trinity Bill Ragni
84 geiss chris Chris Geiss WR 3 SO/FR 75 6-3/188 Malvern, Pa./Great Valley Mike Choi
88 gesicki mike Mike Gesicki TE 1 FR/FR 78 6-6/237 Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional Chuck Donahue
12 godwin chris Chris Godwin WR 1 FR/FR 74 6-2/210 Middletown, Del./Middletown Mark DelPercio
6 golden malik Malik Golden Saf 5 JR/SO 73 6-1/198 Hartford, Conn./Cheshire Academy Dan O'dea
37 gulla chris Chris Gulla PK/P 3 SO/FR 72 6-0/193 Toms River, N.J./Toms River North Chip LaBarca
14 hackenberg christian Christian Hackenberg QB 3 SO/SO 76 6-4/234 Palmyra, Va./Fork Union Military Academy Micky Sullivan
32 haffner jack Jack Haffner RB 5 JR/SO 70 5-10/210 State College, Pa./State College Area Al Wolski
15 haley grant Grant Haley DB 1 FR/FR 69 5-9/186 Atlanta, Ga./The Lovett School Mike Muschamp
71 hall albert Albert Hall T 5 JR/SO 76 6-4/266 Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley James Sciarra
5 hamilton daesean DaeSean Hamilton WR 3 SO/FR 73 6-1/203 Fredericksburg, Va./Mountain View Eric Cooke
27 harrop colin Colin Harrop Saf 5 JR/SO 72 6-0/174 Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson Doug Dahms
56 henderson carter Carter Henderson LB 3 SO/FR 70 5-10/213 Murrysville, Pa./Franklin Regional Greg Botta
92 holmes joe Joe Holmes DT 1 FR/FR 70 5-10/268 Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep Nick Donato
43 hull mike Mike Hull LB 9 GS/SR 72 6-0/232 Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan Guy Montecalvo
30 idemudia charles Charles Idemudia FB 5 JR/SO 71 5-11/237 Detroit, Mich./Grosse Pointe North Frank Sumbera
18 james jesse Jesse James TE 5 JR/JR 79 6-7/254 Glassport, Pa./South Allegheny Pat Monroe
99 johnson austin Austin Johnson DT 5 JR/SO 76 6-4/313 Galloway, N.J./St. Augustine Prep Dennis Scuderi
29 johnson brandon Brandon Johnson RB 7 SR/JR 73 6-1/215 Harrisburg, Pa./Middletown Leroy O'Neill
99 julius joey Joey Julius P 1 FR/FR 71 5-11/200 Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin Rob Klock
23 keiser ryan Ryan Keiser Saf 7 SR/SR 73 6-1/208 Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Dave Hess
2 kiley jake Jake Kiley WR 5 JR/SO 72 6-0/179 Plymouth, N.H./New Hampton Ed Kiley
38 kline ben Ben Kline LB 7 SR/JR 74 6-2/238 Silver Valley, Pa./Dallastown Kevin Myers
29 kuntz brandon Brandon Kuntz WR 1 FR/FR 76 6-4/200 Camp Hill, Pa./Trinity Bill Ragni
41 ladonis zach Zach Ladonis KS 3 SO/SO 74 6-2/219 Nescopeck, Pa./Berwick Area George Curry
55 laurent wendy Wendy Laurent C 5 JR/SO 74 6-2/284 Hamilton, N.J./The Hun School David Dudeck
57 lefferts marshall Marshall Lefferts OL 1 FR/FR 74 6-2/330 Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas Richard Williams
7 lewis geno Geno Lewis WR 5 JR/SO 73 6-1/199 Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Wyoming Valley West Pat Keating
93 liebel robby Robby Liebel P 1 FR/FR 74 6-2/200 St. Petersburg, Fla./IMG Academy Chris Weinke
9 lucas jordan Jordan Lucas CB 5 JR/JR 72 6-0/198 New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle Lou DiRienzo
22 lynch akeel Akeel Lynch RB 5 JR/SO 72 6-0/215 Toronto, Ontario, Canada/St. Francis (N.Y.) Jerry Smith
70 mahon brendan Brendan Mahon T 3 SO/FR 76 6-4/292 Randolph, N.J./Randolph Joe Lusardi
66 mangiro angelo Angelo Mangiro C 7 SR/JR 75 6-3/309 Roxbury, N.J./Roxbury Cosmo Lorusso
9 mcsorley trace Trace McSorley QB 1 FR/FR 72 6-0/192 Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods Charlie Pierce
13 merise jesse Jesse Merise CB 7 SR/JR 68 5-8/180 Hillside, N.J./Hillside John Power
73 myers steve Steve Myers OL 1 FR/FR 74 6-2/315 Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts Thomas Barr
95 nassib carl Carl Nassib DE 7 SR/JR 78 6-6/258 West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep Kevin Pellegrini
59 nelson andrew Andrew Nelson T 3 SO/FR 77 6-5/305 Hershey, Pa./Hershey Mark Painter
15 o'connor michael Michael O'Connor QB 1 FR/FR 76 6-4/226 Ottawa, Ontario/IMG Academy Chris Weinke
86 olaniyan c.j. C.J. Olaniyan DE 7 SR/SR 75 6-3/252 Warren, Mich./Warren Mott Tom Milanov
21 oruwariye amani Amani Oruwariye DB 1 FR/FR 73 6-1/193 Tampa, Fla./Gaither Jason Stokes
89 pancoast tom Tom Pancoast TE 3 SO/FR 74 6-2/209 West Chester, Pa./Unionville Pat Clark
92 pasquariello daniel Daniel Pasquariello P 1 FR/FR 72 6-0/199 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia/Xavier College HS  
17 poquie dad Dad Poquie CB 3 SO/SO 70 5-10/179 Philadelphia, Pa./LaSalle College H.S. Drew Gordon
16 pryor devin Devin Pryor CB 7 SR/JR 70 5-10/181 San Bernardino, Calif./Alconbury (England) Jeffrey Black
44 reeder troy Troy Reeder LB 1 FR/FR 73 6-1/244 Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School Bill DiNardo
42 rhattigan t.j. T.J. Rhattigan LB 7 SR/JR 70 5-10/194 Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley Bryan Wells
34 salomone dominic Dominic Salomone FB 5 JR/SO 70 5-10/226 Dillsburg, Pa./Northern Rick Mauck
94 schwan evan Evan Schwan DE 5 JR/SO 78 6-6/247 Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin Glen McNamee
24 scott nick Nick Scott RB 1 FR/FR 71 5-11/192 Fairfax, Va./Fairfax Kevin Simonds
79 shuman charlie Charlie Shuman T 1 FR/FR 80 6-8/305 Pittsford, N.Y./Mendon-Sutherland Keith Molinich
90 sickels garrett Garrett Sickels DE 3 SO/FR 76 6-4/246 Red Bank, N.J./Red Bank Regional Nick Giglio
24 smith anthony Anthony Smith Saf 3 SO/SO 72 6-0/196 Dover, N.J./Pope John XXIII Brian Carlson
47 smith brandon Brandon Smith FB 3 SO/FR 72 6-0/225 Winfield, Pa./Lewisburg Jeremy Winn
76 smith donovan Donovan Smith T 7 SR/JR 77 6-5/335 Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills Steve Lurz
12 smith jordan Jordan Smith CB 3 SO/SO 71 5-11/183 Washington, D.C./H.D. Woodson Greg Fuller
88 smith tyrone Tyrone Smith DT 7 SR/SR 76 6-4/275 Pittsburgh, Pa./Langley Kenny Wright
58 sorrell chance Chance Sorrell OL 1 FR/FR 77 6-5/291 Middletown, Ohio/Middletown Troy Everhart
67 terlingo andrew Andrew Terlingo G 3 SO/FR 76 6-4/289 Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh John Toman
20 thomas johnathan Johnathan Thomas RB 1 FR/FR 71 5-11/215 Peabody, Mass./St. John's Prep Jim O'Leary
3 thompkins deandre DeAndre Thompkins WR 1 FR/FR 71 5-11/173 Hubert, N.C./Swansboro Tim Laspada
36 thompson deron Deron Thompson RB 7 SR/JR 70 5-10/204 Lititz, Pa./Warwick Bryan McCall
49 tomasetti brian Brian Tomasetti Saf. 3 SO/FR 73 6-1/182 Old Forge, Pa./Old Forge Michael Schuback
83 vadas luke Luke Vadas WR 3 SO/FR 71 5-11/163 Hunting Valley, Ohio/University School Jim Stephens
25 walker von Von Walker LB 3 SO/SO 71 5-11/207 Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain Vinny Kishbaugh
5 wartman nyeem Nyeem Wartman LB 5 JR/SO 73 6-1/236 Philadelphia, Pa./Valley View George Howanitz
93 white antoine Antoine White DT 1 FR/FR 73 6-1/286 Millville, N.J./Millville Jason Durham
50 wiand mike Mike Wiand LB 3 SO/FR 72 6-0/222 Mifflinburg, Pa./Mifflinburg Area Jason Dressler
11 wilkerson brent Brent Wilkerson TE 5 JR/SO 75 6-3/247 Clinton, Md./DeMatha Catholic Bill McGregor
10 williams trevor Trevor Williams CB 5 JR/JR 73 6-1/188 Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College HS Donald Davis
8 wooten gary Gary Wooten LB 5 JR/SO 74 6-2/237 Miami, Fla./Hialeah Senior Marc Berman
19 worley daquan Daquan Worley DB 1 FR/FR 70 5-10/180 Coatesville, Pa./Coatesville Matt Ortega
77 wright chasz Chasz Wright T 1 FR/FR 79 6-7/321 Woodbridge, Va./Milford Academy Bill Chaplick
44 yazujian tyler Tyler Yazujian KS 5 JR/SO 72 6-0/228 Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford Chad Brubaker
80 zanellato matt Matt Zanellato WR 7 SR/JR 75 6-3/200 Burke, Va./Lake Braddock Secondary Jim Poythress
98 zettel anthony Anthony Zettel DT 7 SR/JR 76 6-4/274 West Branch, Mich./Ogemaw Heights Andrew Pratley
28 zwinak zach Zach Zwinak RB 9 GS/SR 73 6-1/233 Frederick, Md./Linganore Richard Conner
Coaches
James Franklin - Head Coach
Bob Shoop - Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
John Donovan - Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
Charles Huff - Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Coach
Brent Pry - Assistant Head Coach/Co-Def. Coordinator/Linebackers
Josh Gattis - Off. Recruiting Coor./Asst. Special Teams Coor./WRs
Herb Hand - Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Ricky Rahne - Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Terry M. Smith - Defensive Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks Coach
Sean Spencer - Defensive Line Coach
Dwight Galt - Director of Performance Enhancement



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