Penn State has always had a reputation of not letting freshmen see a lot of playing time in their first year. Having a freshman start at Penn State was almost unheard of under former head coach Joe Paterno.
Well, this is now Bill O'Brien's team and that philosophy has changed.
O'Brien has shown no reservations about letting some freshmen play key roles in 2012.
The Nittany Lions have 46 freshmen (30 true, 16 redshirt) listed on the full roster. Of those 46, 14 have seen the field in some capacity over the team's first seven games. Several of those freshmen have earned starter minutes and are a big part of the Lions' 2012 success.
The following slides show grades for Penn State freshmen in all three facets of the game: offense, defense and special teams.
Note: To be considered for a grade, they player must have either started a game or recorded any type of statistics in the first seven games.