The 2012 Penn State Nittany Lions saw many inexperienced players step in and make major contributions to the success of the team. With the NCAA sanction still in full effect and the possibility of more starters transferring, the 2013 squad is going to need some less-publicized players to perform well.
Zach Zwinak, Allen Robinson, Deion Barnes and Kyle Carter are all guys who didn't have much experience at the collegiate level but ended up being important pieces of the 2012 team.
All current indications are that the core of the team will be returning for the 2013 season. The stars of this past year, Zwinak, Robinson and others, will all be called upon again to make next season even more successful than the past.
That being said, there are sure to be players who are either buried on the depth chart or only saw limited action in 2012, that will come out of no where to make big plays next year.
This slideshow takes a look at five current Nittany Lions who may be a bit under the radar, but have a chance to put together a solid 2013 campaign.