Penn State's 2012 season was one built on a firm foundation of senior defensive leadership. With players like Michael Mauti, Gerald Hodges, Stephon Morris and Jordan Hill all moving on from the program, there is now an opportunity for new faces to become the face of the defense.
In 2013, some of the young talent that broke out in 2012 will take on a more vital role in the defense. Deion Barnes has set the bar high after a remarkable debut season worthy of Big Ten honors. Adrian Amos showed a glimpse of good things to come in the secondary, and Glenn Carson will continue to anchor the defense in the middle of the field. These players and more will look to continue a solid defensive legacy at Penn State.
Here is a look at seven of the most important players on Penn State's defense in 2013.