The 2012 Penn State Nittany Lions fought through adversity and finished with an impressive 8-4 record.
Though a core group of seniors led the team, there were several young players who were forced into early action due to injuries and the transfer of a few starters.
Many of those young players ended up playing key roles in 2012 and will have high hopes heading into the next season.
Due to the circumstances at Penn State, players who were buried on the depth chart to start the year, stepped in when needed, and took full advantage of the opportunity.
2012 was a breakout year for several Niitany Lions, and things continue to look good for them in 2013. Some of the players could already be considered stars, while others are close to reaching that potential.
This slideshow takes a look at six players whose strong 2012 puts them in line to be (or continue to be) stars for the Nittany Lions in 2013.