PENN STATE – Like any team, the 2014 Nittany Lions have some bright spots and some.not so bright spots on the roster. Christian Hackenberg and Jesse James are names people will know this fall. As long as the offensive line allows it, of course.
PENN STATE – FOOTBALL 2013 – It was noble that Hackenberg did not jump ship from Penn State during the Jerry Sandusky scandal and ensuing NCAA sanctions. He could have, and he didn't, and that's awesome. But assuming he leaves for the 2016 NFL draft (and why wouldn't he?), it means he'll only have one real season at the college level. Just one year where his team is bowl-eligible and his roster has the depth to compete.
PENN STATE – FOOTBALL 2013 – Penn State has been doing a fine job of ignoring the NCAA's rather severe sanctions over the past two seasons. Still, as time moves on, those scholarship limits are going to cause some glaring holes when it comes to roster depth. First things first, however, is nailing down the starters. With new head coach James Franklin coming in for 2014 and a good number of seniors departing, there are a lot of roster holes to fill before Week 1.
Happy 88th birthday to former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, a look back in photos
A big question circling Penn State heading into this week was how it would respond after last week's whooping at Ohio State. The Nittany Lions did just enough to win against Illinois, taking the overtime victory.
Adam Breneman of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after catching a 2 yard touchdown pass against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the game on November 2013 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K.