The Penn State Nittany Lions will look to carry the success of last season over into 2013. In order to do that, there are several players who will need to step into starting roles for the upcoming season. Penn State needs to replace eight starters from the team that finished 8-4 a year ago.
Starting quarterback Matt McGloin leaves the biggest hole to fill on the offensive side of the ball. Behind McGloin in 2012, Penn State ranked second in the Big Ten in passing offense. Fortunately for Penn State, all starting running backs and wide receivers will be returning.
Defense is where Penn State will take the biggest hit due to graduation, losing three All-Big Ten starters. The graduations of defensive end Jordan Hill and linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti leaves a void that needs to be filled.
Though some spots will be easier to replace than others, there will certainly be a transition period. Some positions have guys stepping in who have a lot of experience, while others will have inexperienced players taking over.
The following slides analyze every replacement starter for the 2013 season.