The Penn State defense was riddled with injuries in 2010 and will be looking for redemption in 2011. With a few tough opponents on the schedule the importance of solid defense is significant as Penn State prepares for Alabama, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Nebraska this fall.
The defense already experienced a casualty when defensive end Pete Massaro tore his ACL, sidelining him for the entire year. Massaro's loss leaves a hole to fill but the rest of the defensive line could be relatively solid if Jack Crawford solves his foot problems.
One area of strength is the secondary, which looks to be stacked with veterans from the start. And if you are going to look at Penn State's defense you have to take a solid look at the linebackers. This season Penn State could have three linebackers that will not be making highlight-reel stops, but can pile up solid tackle numbers.
We already took a peek at the offense, but now here is a look at the possible defensive starters for Penn State's season opener against Indiana State on September 3.