With spring practice starting at Penn State, it's a good time to look at early projections for the upcoming season. The defense, which finished fourth in the Big Ten last year in total defense, should once again be solid, despite losing five starters.
Even though the losses of big names such as Gerald Hodges, Jordan Hill and Michael Mauti, leave big holes to fill, the Nittany Lions have capable replacements with plenty of experience.
The 2013 squad has the luxury of having both returning starters and young talent that should put up good numbers this season.
Defensive end Deion Barnes and cornerback Adrian Amos will be leaders on the defense and are sure to be two of the statistical leaders on the defensive side.
While it's still early, the following slides project numbers for the players who will lead the team in each of four defensive statistical categories for the 2013 season.