At The Patriot-News we cater to true blue fans just like you. This season you’re not bleeding blue unless you’re reading blue as you get ready for PENN STATE FOOTBALL 2012.
PRIDE, the annual magazine from The Patriot-News, is your ultimate Nittany Lion football resource featuring the writers who know PSU football — David Jones, Bob Flounders and Stefanie Loh.
WHAT’S INSIDE PRIDE IN 2012
IN FULL BLOOM. Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges’ path to stardom was anything but a straight line. The former high school defensive back had to undergo a position switch and suffered a serious 2010 leg injury, issues that delayed his development. But Hodges’ 2011 season was worth the wait as he quickly morphed into a first-team All-Big Ten choice.
MODEL CITIZEN. Offensive lineman John Urschel is the present day blueprint for the Penn State football ideal — a solid player who happens to be an exceptional student. And exceptional might be understating it, considering Urschel, a math major who will be a redshirt junior in the fall, has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.
THE THOROUGHBRED. While the rabid Penn State fan base anxiously awaits the debut of Bill O’Brien’s offense, not quite sure what to expect, you can bet the 2012 Lions will be built around the superb running/receiving skills of junior tailback Silas Redd, who was one of the best pure talents in the Big Ten last season. Redd can confound the best of defenses in a variety of ways. A closer look at what makes the 1,000-yard runner tick.
THE MEASURING STICK: PENN STATE 2005. How long will it take Bill O’Brien to return Penn State to legit contender status in the Big Ten? And how about national contender status? Well, it’s been a while since Penn State has been both. A look back at the last great Lions’ team: the 2005 bunch led by Michael Robinson, Tamba Hali, Paul Posluszny and Ethan Kilmer that finished 11-1, took the Big Ten by storm and beat Florida State in the Orange Bowl.
SEALING THE DEAL. A look at Bill O’Brien’s recruiting approach and the early fruits of his 2013 labors. With aggressive recruiters like Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Michigan’s Brady Hoke, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio and Nebraska’s Bo Pelini leaving no stone unturned nationwide, recruiting has become a race to not only attract the country’s top talent, but also secure the verbal commitments until Signing Day.
ONE FINE MESS. Penn State’s quarterback play has been a major problem for the last two seasons. Matt McGloin and Rob Bolden have shared time at the position and the result has been a 16-10 record with no signature wins. New coach Bill O’Brien’s prize NFL pupil was Tom Brady, so O’Brien knows QBs. Can he elevate the play of McGloin and Bolden, or does the answer to the Lions’ quarterback woes lie elsewhere on the depth chart?
AND MORE. The usual staples of Pride, including a look at the schedule and depth chart, five players to watch and an in-depth feature of one of Penn State football’s biggest fans.