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Penn State Football: 5 2012 Backups Who Will Make a Big Impact in 2013
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone knows the kind of expectations the majority of America had for Penn State football this past season and, of course, how the team responded.

With the guidance of head coach Bill O'Brien and a memorable senior class, the Nittany Lions defied the odds and went a surprising 8-4, winning eight of their last 10 games.

The ending to the 2012 season was remarkable considering the handicaps for Penn State, but the 2013 season will be more difficult than this past one on the field.

Not only does the team lose the leadership of that senior class, but also stability and skill on the gridiron.

Whether it's the developed quarterback Matthew McGloin or the heroics of Michael Mauti, the Lions will be filling quite a few gaps once spring practice gets underway.

With that being said, there will be a handful of backups last season who will make an impact in 2013, either getting starts or seeing rotation time.

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