James Franklin announces Penn State’s starting offensive line
Penn State’s offensive line has had a tough go of it in the James Franklin era.
The Nittany Lions have had a lot of shuffling up front on offense in the past two seasons and they’ve allowed 77 sacks in the last two years.
The unit has a new coach in Matt Limegrover, and on Wednesday, coach James Franklin announced what the offensive line would look like when Penn State opens its season on Sept. 3 against Kent State.
Andrew Nelson will play right tackle, Derek Dowrey will be the starting right guard, Brian Gaia will play center with Ryan Bates and Brendan Mahon rounding out the left side of the line at guard and tackle, respectively.
JF on OL: Nelson at RT, Dowrey at RG, Gaia at C, Bates at Lg, Mahon at LT. Still moving parts. #PennState Michal Menet has done nice things.
— Richard Scarcella (@nittanyrich) August 24, 2016
Gaia and Nelson are the two most experienced members and four of the five are upperclassmen. Bates is a redshirt freshman.
The line will be tasked with protecting quarterback Trace McSorley, who Franklin named the starter Wednesday night.