I know we have nine more months to do this. But I can’t help it.
My breakdown of positions where Penn State football will be better, worse, or the same in 2014.
Hackenberg next year will probably resemble McGloin’s grasp and control of O’Brien’s offense, with even better physical tools. Hopefully Ferguson sticks around, and blue-chip freshman O’Connor should arrive in January and add nice depth.
All three top backs return. While I’d like to see O’Brien use them each a little differently when it comes to schemes, overall you have to like what we have back there. Don’t forget we’re adding at least 2 more freshmen running backs, and this is one of those rare positions where a phenom can crash the party.
Assuming Allen Robinson is gone, this unit will need a new go-to guy to step up. Eugene Lewis gave us a nice teaser in the Wisconsin game, but the whole unit—including a freshman or two from our stellar recruiting bunch—needs to emerge. Hackenberg seems like the kind of leader who will help this group grow.