The Nittany Lions are blessed with talent at depth at a few positions, including running back, defensive end and tight end.
An injury or a down year from any one player at any of those positions will hardly be noticed as there are capable backups chomping at the bit for a chance to contribute and contribute well.
The offensive line does not have that luxury.
Gone from the 2013 squad is All-Big Ten guard John Urschel, starters Ty Howle, Adam Gress and Garry Gilliam (who split time) and backup utility man, Eric Shrive.
The list of linemen Penn State returns for 2014 who have significant experience isn't very long: Donovan Smith and Miles Dieffenbach.
Fortunately, Smith has a chance to be the best tackle in the conference and Dieffenbach is a versatile interior guy with good punch.
Penn State will need big years from some newcomers and healthy years from its proven vets.
Which linemen could have the biggest impact on the success of the 2014 squad?
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