Bill O'Brien's 3 Biggest Challenges for Penn State in 2013

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Bill O'Brien's 3 Biggest Challenges for Penn State in 2013
Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The Penn State Nittany Lions enter 2013 with high expectations after finishing 8-4 last season despite difficult circumstances. While the new season brings high hopes, there will be challenges for head coach Bill O'Brien to face.

Though the media firestorm has died down a bit, there are still issues such as negative feelings toward the school and the NCAA sanctions.

This season brings high hopes, as experienced veterans will mix with talented youngsters on both sides of the ball.

The Nittany Lions return several key pieces from last year's team. Guys like Allen Robinson, Zach Zwinak, Deion Barnes and Adrian Amos will be looked to as leaders.

There are also some talented freshmen who were given a redshirt a year ago to go with a solid 2013 recruiting class.

Despite all the positives surrounding the Nittany Lions heading into 2013, there are several issues that could make things tough on O'Brien and the rest of the coaching staff.

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