Who are Penn State’s 25 most important players with spring over and August practices on the horizon?
Penn State offensive linemen Connor McGovern (66), Chasz Wright (77) and Ryan Bates (52) are shown during a Lions practice. PennLive file photo
Penn State’s program has never been deeper during James Franklin’s time in State College. Yes, the Nittany Lions must replace top wideout Chris Godwin and four key starters on defense but those losses are minimal compared to what other Big Ten powers (hint: Jim Harbaugh) are going through right now. This is Franklin’s fourth year at Penn State and this should be his best team.
Penn State offensive lineman Chasz Wright (77) works during a 2016 practice session. PennLive file photo
Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and head coach James Franklin talk during spring practice on the Lasch fields on March 29, 2017. Joe Hermitt | email@example.com
The Lions’ offense is built around a standout tailback and an All-Big Ten quarterback. But the real key to PSU’s success on that side of the football may build down to the improved play on the offensive line. The Lions return several players with experience on the O-line and the depth should improve with a few blue chips coming off redshirt seasons. And as always, it helps to have one of the top play-callers in college football on your side.