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Navy vs. Penn State: How the Nittany Lions Plan to Defend the Option
Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

To say it's been an emotional start to the 2012 campaign would be a massive understatement for the Penn State football team. 

After surrendering 21 unanswered points in the second half to Ohio in the opener, the Nittany Lions defense stepped it up in Charlottesville against Virginia this past weekend. 

However, blown opportunities and a late Cavaliers drive did the Lions in, and now they're 0-2 to start the season for the first time since 2001.

With a must-win coming up against a scrappy Navy squad, the biggest concern for the Lions heading into Saturday shouldn't be injuries or special teams—it should be the option.

Sure, the Midshipmen were brutally outscored by Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland opening weekend 50-10 and the Lions probably have the better athletes.

However, the option always poses a problem for unfamiliar opponents and it'll be a tall task for the Penn State defense to contain the Midshipmen this Saturday.

With that being said, let's take a look at what the defense needs to do against Navy this weekend to stop their option attack.  

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