Transitioning from a coach that was there over 50 years to a totally new system is never easy for any team. Throw in the fact that the team is faced with damaging sanctions and a highly negative public image, and that task becomes near impossible. That’s what is facing the 2012 Nittany Lions.
The current team has had to learn a new coaching style and deal with horrible off-field issues all spring and summer. Now, in the wake of losing several players to transfer, including their best offensive player, Penn State has to do all it can to put a quality product on the field.
Obviously, the loss of running back Silas Redd is a huge loss to the offense. Kicker/punter Anthony Fera, who is predicted to be one of the top in the country, left this week for Texas. Returning receiver Justin Brown has left to become an Oklahoma Sooner
There are five returning players who will be instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions make the upcoming season as successful as possible. Veteran leadership will be needed in leading the team through the firestorm that they will face all season.
The remaining core of players will have the burden of an entire university and fan base on their shoulders.
While not many experts are predicting great things for this team, there is a chance that they could do more than expected.