Penn State Previews: QB & Linebacker

Brad GilliamContributor IJuly 16, 2009

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Daryll Clark #17 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass against the USC Trojans during the 95th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi on January 1, 2009 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

My Penn State Nittany Lions position previews end today with QB & Linebacker.

Quarterback

Like last season, co-captain and QB Daryll Clark is the key to the Penn State offense. Now that Pat Devlin transferred to the University of Delaware, this leaves Clark as the only experienced QB on the roster. Keeping Daryll Clark healthy is very crucial this season. If Penn State wants to make a run at an undefeated season, Daryll Clark will have to cutback on his running to reduce the chance of injury.

Even though he lost his main targets to the NFL, Daryll Clark will have solid receivers to throw to in Chaz Powell and Graham Zug. If the offensive line does their job, Clark will have great opportunities to throw crisp passes.

Linebacker

Linebacker U will be in session once again in the fall. Co-captain and Sr. LB Sean Lee returns to the field after missing the 2008 due to a knee injury. Lining up next to him is Jr. Navarro Bowman. The tandem of Bowman and Lee are one best Linebacking duo in the country. Bowman had a break out season in 2008 by leading the team in tackles with 106. Look for these two to hold down the defense in 2009.

 

I think the Nittany Lions will surprise many critics this season. Even though the 2009 group will not be as explosive as last year, they can possibly be 9-0 heading into the Ohio State game on Nov. 7. Early tests vs. Iowa and Illinois will show us what kind of team it is. Hopefully, a national title contender.