Excitement is in the air around Happy Valley as spring practice starts up. The Penn State Nittany Lions enter the new season with high hopes, looking to build off a successful 2012 that where the team went 8-4 amid controversy and NCAA sanctions.
With many starters returning for 2013, fans already high hopes that success will come once again.
When the Nittany Lions began practice a year ago, there were several questions surrounding the program regarding the unsettled Jerry Sandusky situation. Fast forward to this year, and those questions are no longer around.
Sanctions have been levied and the team is now moving forward to field the most successful team possible.
Sure, players technically have a few more months in which they could transfer schools, but it's unlikely that will happen at this point.
So, as spring practice begins, the focus is purely on football. The biggest question facing this team is how it's going to replace important seniors who graduated such as Matt McGloin, Michael Mauti and Jordan Hill.
Fortunately for Penn State, there are only eight starters from 2012 that need to be replaced.
Here's a preview how each position shapes up heading into the new practice year.