Heading into the 2013 season, the expectations for the Penn State Nittany Lions will be about as unknown as they were this past season. Nobody really knew what to expect in the midst of all that went on in State College. It will be much of the same for the upcoming season.
Current players are still able to transfer until August 2013 and recruits could still change their minds as National Signing Day doesn't occur until February.
However, even with all of the unknown variables still floating around at Penn State, it's still possible to think about some realistic expectations for the 2013 team.
If no starters transfer, and none have hinted that they will, then the Nittany Lions will be returning some key weapons, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Tight ends Jesse James, Matt Lehman and Kyle Carter all bring skill and experience to the position. Running backs Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak will also look to contribute to the offense.
Perhaps the biggest returning weapon will be the Big Ten's receiver of year, Allen Robinson.
Though many starters should be returning, a new man will be running the offense at quarterback. With top recruit Christian Hackenberg now likely being given a redshirt, 2012 backup Steven Bench and recently signed junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson will be in a battle to start the season.
Though it's very early, let's take a look at what Penn State fans can expect in 2013.