2014 Penn State Preview Penn State comes into the 2014 season ranked #10 in the country coming off a disappointing end to a 2013 campaign. After staring the season 9-2 (loses to Ohio State and National Champion Florida) the Nittany Lions lost on a officiating blunder against NC State that gave away their chance at a BCS Bowl. Then in the Capital One Bowl Penn State lost a heartbreaking 3 point game to LSU. This season Penn State will look to get over the hump in the Big 10 and take home a title. The biggest question mark on the team is at the most important position, Quarterback. Returning from last year is Senior Brandon Williams, who threw for over 1500 yards but only ran for 400 yards. While he possesses some running ability he is not fit quite right for the FleXbox One offense. He will be challenged for the starting job by true Freshman QB Jeff Watkins. Watkins is nearly a perfect fit for Coach Cep's offensive scheme, he can run, is tough, and has shown good leadership abilities. Also as a bonus he has a stronger arm than any other QB on the roster, the only drawback is his erratic accuracy. At times he will throw a wild pass that can lead to disaster. As of right now I don't think even Coach Ceps knows who will take the field in the opener against North Carolina State. The rest of the skill position players will be big in assisting whatever quarterback takes the snaps for the Nittany Lions. The number two back from a year ago, Doug Burnett, returns and also looking to fill in is Carl Douglass. This Sophomore tandem looks to have a big year and improve to lead to success in future years. At FB true Freshman Cody Wilson will get the carries. While he may be young he will certainly run tough and get the hard yards. At receiver Will Anderson returns for his Junior year after having 511 yards receiving and 7 TDs a year ago. As always the line will be key in this teams success. The line will feature only one senior, but he will anchor a solid group. The lone senior is RT Jake Duncan, who has the potential to be an All-American. The defense looks to improve from solid year a year ago. Despite losing the star MLB last year the linebackers look to be the core of the defense. Jeff James and Keith Williams return for their senior season at OLB. At MLB Adam Bush will take over, and despite earning no starts in his career he has taken many significant snaps and looks to fill in nicely. The middle of the d-line is on of the strongest in the nation. The two starting DTs, just Juniors, are Stephen Stevens and Cody Smart. They are both very strong and take on many blockers. The end are not as strong as a year ago but still have a lot of room to grow. Patrick Smith and Victor Simmons take over as starters at Left and Right End. The secondary looks to be strong on the back end. The corners, Alan McMillan and Andrew Jones, both seniors look to use their experience to shut down corners week in and week out. Both of the Safeties will be taking the field for the first time as Juniors. James Richard and Mike Clarke have long awaited their first starts and look to make the most of their opportunity.