Replacing talent from previous years is something that all college football teams must go through. However, the 2012 Nittany Lions have had to face more than just the normal losses from graduation and NFL draft entrance.
Due to the NCAA sanctions, the Penn State Nittany Lions saw several key offensive players leave the school before the start of the 2012 football season. According to the sanctions, players can switch schools until August of 2013 without penalty.
Running back Silas Redd and wide receiver Justin Brown were two of the biggest names to transfer.
Head coach Bill O'Brien has had to scour his roster to find replacements at those key offensive positions. Through four games, some of the players who stepped in have been phenomenal. Others have left something to be desired.
It's never easy finding replacements for key players with little notice. Both Redd and Brown waited until the summer to announce their transfers. O'Brien has done a good job of finding the right talent to fill in where needed.
The following slides look at those players who have stepped in to fill the holes left by the transfers.