Ever since Aaron Maybin left early for the NFL following a brilliant redshirt sophomore season in 2008, Penn State's defensive ends unit just hasn't been the same. The performance has been solid, but unspectacular in each of the past three seasons. Most programs would be satisfied with the production since 2008, but Penn Staters have been spoiled by the slew of All-American candidates that emerged year in and year-out throughout most of the past decade.
This Penn State defensive ends could return to form in 2012. The unit has an excellent combination of battle-tested veterans and highly-regarded players that are ready to prove themselves. If one or two of the younger guys are able to make an impact, this could be the best DE unit in years. More importantly, opposing quarterbacks will not be given the time to test a thin and untested secondary.
|More 2012 Position Previews…|
|Running Backs (Cari) - 8.13.12|
|Linebackers (Mike) - 8.14.12|
|Defensive Tackles (Jared) - 8.15.12|
|Special Teams (Tim) - 8.16.12|
|Offensive Line (bscaff) - 8.17.12|
|Tight Ends (Devon) - 8.20.12|
|Defensive Ends (Jared) - 8.21.12|
|Wide Receivers (Dan) - 8.22.12|
|Quarterbacks (Jeff) - 8.23.12|
|Defensive Backs (Cari) - 8.24.12|
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