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The PSU Athletic Department deserves tremendous recognition for recovering from the fallout of the events of 2011.
With the hiring of Bill O’Brien, from the New England Patriots, the rebuilding from the fallout of Joe Paterno’s departure has begun. With the return of Matthew McGloin at QB, who threw for 1,571 yards and 8 TD in 2011, and running back Silas Redd, who was awarded preseason third-team, All-Big Ten honors having rushed for 1,262 yards and 7 TD in 2011, the offense has returning skill-position starters on offense with real game experience.
Combined with four star recruit Eugene Lewis and TE Jesse James, the offense has some young weapons that could prove helpful as the season progresses.
The expectations for 2012 are low, in that nobody expects PSU to win the National Championship Trophy (or any member of the PSU roster to compete for the Heisman Trophy). But with a new coach in place, a new system and some talented young recruits, the future looks bright and the wounds of 2011 will begin to heal.
On defense, Ted Roof is the new defensive coordinator but Penn State fans are happy that Larry Johnson, Sr was kept around for some consistency. The 2011 PSU defensive squad was very good and the group this year returns a very good and deep set of linebackers. There are depth issues on the line and in the secondary but the starting 11 should be very good.
Lastly, Penn State's recruiting class for this year is ranked top 15 as of today is which is a minor miracle when you consider all the obstacles that surround the program.
Its going to be an interesting year for Penn State football. So much will be focused off the field. But the group getting the on-field stuff ready deserves some credit.
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