It appears Penn State’s defense will get a huge boost for Saturday night’s game against Ohio State.
Onward State reported about half an hour before kickoff that veteran linebackers Jason Cabinda and Brandon Bell will both return to the starting lineup for the Nittany Lions.
Today’s starting linebackers: Manny Bowen, Jason Cabinda, and Brandon Bell. #WeAre
— Onward State (@OnwardState) October 22, 2016
Video introductions in the stadium also confirmed Cabinda, Bell and Manny Bowen as the starting linebackers.
According to video intros, starting linebackers are Jason Cabinda, Brandon Bell and Manny Bowen
Big crowd roars for returning Cabinda, Bell
— John McGonigal (@jmcgonigal9) October 22, 2016
Both Cabinda, a junior, and the senior Bell have been out for more than a month. Cabinda last played against Kent State on Sept. 3, while Bell’s most recent action came against Pittsburgh on Sept. 10.
The Penn State defense will likely still have its hands full against the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes, but having Cabinda and Bell back will be a huge boost both on the field and in the Lions’ psyche.