The Penn State Nittany Lions head into the 2013 season with a lot of confidence and will look to build on the success of last season. Penn State returns several veterans who will play a key role in keeping the momentum going. Five current players should find themselves on the All-Big Ten first team at the end of this season.
Last season ended with an impressive record of 8-4 and saw several Nittany Lions, including head coach Bill O'Brien, win individual awards. Seven players were named to the All-Big Ten teams in 2012.
Three of those players will be returning to action in 2013 and will be cornerstones to the continued success of the team.
While Penn State has the luxury of a somewhat favorable schedule during the upcoming season, there will be several key holes left by graduation that will need to be filled. All players will need to be ready to step in at anytime and perform at the highest level.
The following players, who will need to be leaders, will have productive 2013 seasons and be rewarded by the Big Ten Conference at season's end.