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Miles Sanders is the latest in a long line of Penn State running backs that will have to replace a legendary Penn State running back

Why defensive tackle could impact Penn State’s title hopes; update on Nittany Lions running backs

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Being up front

Penn State has the quarterback, they have the high profile incoming freshmen, and might have the running backs and receivers too. One of the bigger questions is, does Penn State have the defensive line, both depth and talent to withstand another high pressure season?

The Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal writes that there are names and numbers, but a lot of the defensive tackles vying for playing time are all wild cards.

About the running backs

Saquon Barkley will be easier to replace if someone like Miles Sanders lives up to the hype he received coming out of high school. But the success Barkley had might have actually hurt Penn State long term.

StateCollege.com’s Mike Poorman takes a look at what happens with the Penn State running back that steps in to a starting roll to replace a historic Penn State running back, like Sanders will attempt to do this season.

Popping in for a visit

Penn State coach James Franklin has stayed busy on the recruiting trail. In fact now he has his sights set on two defensive linemen.

Land Of 10’s Tyler Donohue writes that Penn State is in on defensive end Justin Eboigbe and also defensive tackle Jacolbe Cowan. Eboigbe tweeted about his offer, while Cowan stopped by Penn State’s campus for a visit.

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Depth, finally

When Bill O’Brien took over for Joe Paterno, he had to strategically plot out his recruiting classes, thanks to NCAA sanctions hanging over the program. Once the sanctions were lifted, post-O’Brien and in Franklin’s first year, Franklin worked hard to replenish the offensive line depth.

It’s finally paid off. The Daily Collegian’s Andrew Rubin writes that finally for the first time in the Franklin era, there’s plenty of depth along the offensive line.

History on the line

Penn State’s quest to win the NIT again will continue with a semifinal date against Mississippi State on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

When guard Shep Garner steps onto the Garden floor, he will be chasing a title and The Centre Daily Times’ Ryne Gery writes he will be chasing some Penn State basketball history too.

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