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Penn State has "issues" with its secondary

By mrasor Published: August 24, 2006

Football


Akron needs a new receiver. So what?


Penn State will start two cornerbacks who have no starting experience at the job.


That worries Joe Paterno, a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story says. In fact, many stories out of Nittany Lions camp show anxiety. JoePa is unsure if he's pleased with the team's progress.


Penn State also brings in a new quarterback and almost an entire offensive line, aside from tackle Levi Brown. PSU is confident in who's running behind that line, however. There are three solid backs, including 1,000-yard rusher from last year, Tony Hunt.


Despite a strong group of linebackers including Paul Posluszny, the 2005 Butkus Award winner, Paterno says he will not switch to a 3-4 defense against Akron.


I still haven't made a prediction on this game, and I don't know if I will. Penn State is so stacked with athletes. That alone might make an Akron victory impossible. But after what I've seen from J.D. Brookhart's teams the past two years, "impossible" is a word to use VERY sparingly.


Not to sound like a loser, but I would be pleased if Akron still has a chance in the fourth quarter.


  • The Buchtelite is starting a College Football Pick'em League for Zips fans. I encourage all the blog readers to join (so we can talk smack each week). Here is the link to sign up. The league ID # is 14831. The password is beatkent. Only 50 people can join, so I recommend signing up soon.

  • Domenik Hixon looks close to returning from his foot injury. Hixon, a.k.a. the nicest human being on the planet, has a journal on DenverBroncos.com.
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