The infamous 'OR' has continually appeared next to Ryan Keiser's name on the depth chart during the first four weeks of the 2013 season. Against Kent State, Keiser performed like a long-term starter.
With Christian Hackenberg struggling and Penn State clinging to a 14-0 lead in the third quarter, Kent State was prepared to make it a ballgame after a key interception. Keiser would have none of it, returning the favor the very next play with an interception of his own.
Keiser was all over the field on Saturday, regularly coming up with big plays whenever they were needed the most. In addition to the crucial interception, Keiser also contributed a sack, four tackles and three pass breakups.
The last two games have made it clear that the defense is better with Adrian Amos shifting back to cornerback. Keiser's performance gives the defense the versatility to shift Amos without any drop-off at the safety position.
Deion Barnes: Recorded his first sack of the season (officially credited as 0.5 sacks) and constantly provided pressure throughout the game.
Bill Belton: Nearly broke the century mark again with 90 yards on 13 carries. Belton also had an impressive 15-yard touchdown reception in the first half. His footwork and field vision have vastly improved, making it evident just how hard he worked to improve during the offseason,
Sam Ficken: 4-4 PATs, 2-2 FGs, including a 54-yarder in very poor conditions.
Akeel Lynch: 123 yards on just 14 carries. His future is so bright he needs to wear shades.
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