Penn State offensive line loses two key 2020 squad starters, but a few Lions set for big 2021 seasons
We’re focusing on the big guys on the Penn State offense. PennLive takes an in-depth look at all of the Nittany Lions’ position groups and we’ve covered a lot of ground this week.
The offensive line has been the center of attention for Penn State fans almost since the day James Franklin took over in 2014.
And it took a while for Franklin and his coaches to bridge the depth of the O-line. It’s fair to say that Penn State has improved tackling, guard and cross points considerably since Franklin arrived, thus developing certain talents of the NFL.
Phil Trautwein is in his second year as the Lions offensive line coach and several players are expected to play key roles in attack.
Main losses: Michal Menet and Will Fries. Both linemen played a lot of football for Penn State. Menet was a starter for three years at center and Fries started out as a tackle and goalie for the Lions for the past three years.
Main returnees: Guard Mike Miranda and tackle Rasheed Walker are the most experienced starters and Caedan Wallace has shown some promising signs in his first year starting at right tackle.
M. underestimated: Miranda is that guy. He played left guard for Penn State last season and won second-team All-Big Ten honors. Miranda was also trained to play center and he could be Menet’s replacement in 2021.
X factors: Let’s go with three players – Juice Scruggs, Des Holmes and Eric Wilson. Scruggs is starting to get back into shape after missing some time early in his career due to a major back injury. Holmes, a key tackle reserve in 2019, only appeared in four games last season. Will he take a look at one of the guard posts? Finally, Wilson is a newcomer via the Transfer Portal after starting out at Harvard. But he didn’t play football in 2020.
New faces: The 2020 Lions recruiting class included a trio of linemen who were three-star rookies, but the young player who will likely attract the most buzz is four-star offensive tackle Langdon Tengwall, the top-rated rookie in the 2021 class. by James Franklin.
How good can this group be? : The presence of Miranda, Walker, and Wallace is more than enough to make the O-line unit a force. Another good sign was the emergence of Scruggs in 2020. So who will be Penn State’s fifth starter up front?
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