Bill O'Brien handled what many considered an impossible situation with a tremendous amount of maturity and sensitivity in 2012. While the longtime assistant's head coaching debut got off to a rough start, with losses to Ohio and Virginia for an 0-2 start, O'Brien kept a level head and relied on his team's senior leadership to rip off eight wins in the final 10 games of the year.
O'Brien was nationally recognized for a job well done, with coach of the year honors and national praise from fans, peers and media both in and outside of the Penn State community.
Now with a year under his belt in State College, O'Brien is winding down on his second spring practice schedule with Penn State and looking to mold another winning team in 2013. But what challenges will O'Brien face in 2013 that may not have been as prevalent in 2012? Here is a look at some potential concerns for the Nittany Lions head coach.