Preview 2019: Penn State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Penn State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Penn State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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4. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PENN STATE DEFENSE

It might not have been the brick wall the 2017 D was, but it was still strong enough to allow ten points or fewer in five games, lead the nation in sacks, and finish fourth in tackles for loss.

Shareef Miller and Robert Windsor are gone after combining for 15 sacks, but leading sacker Yetur Gross-Matos is back at one end after coming up with eight, and senior Shaka Toney will be turned loose after coming up with five. The ends are good, veteran Robert Windsor and sophomore PJ Mustipher, and the pressure will come from all four spots.

– Micah Parsons is already one of the best young linebackers in college football, and he’s about to do a whole lot more after coming up with a team-high 83 tackles despite working in a rotation. Cam Brown is a good tackler on the outside, and veteran Jan Johnson returns after making 72 stops. The corps can get into the backfield, but it’ll mainly be in charge of swarming around the ball and getting the run defense back on track.

Yeah, the pass defense was terrific, but it’s partly because no one in the final four games after the Michigan loss could throw a forward pass. The overall depth is lacking, but the starting four in the secondary should be good again after allowing fewer than six yards per attempt and 14 scores with 13 picks was terrific.

CB John Reid was good despite missing a year with a knee injury,    and the safety combination of Garrett Taylor and Nick Scott returns after combining for 136 stops.

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