Winning has become a staple of fall in Happy Valley. The Penn State Nittany Lions are one of the most storied and successful programs in college football, and the 2013 season should be no different.
The Nittany Lions could be one of the Big Ten‘s best teams yet again, and they are achieving success all while experiencing a postseason ban for the next few seasons.
The biggest move that Penn State has made since Joe Paterno left the program was the hiring of Bill O’Brien as head coach. Not many people knew what to think about the hiring because alumni and university faithful had never seen anyone but Paterno roaming the sidelines in Happy Valley.
However, the hire turned out to be huge and just what they needed to move forward. He implemented some changes, such as adding names to the back of jerseys to reward the players that stuck with the program through thick and thin.
Although 11 players transferred from the team, they remained strong and finished the 2012 season with an 8-4 record, shocking the college football world as no one thought they had a chance to break the .500 mark.
The 2013 recruiting class is one of O’Brien’s best achievements as head coach of Penn State, ranking it in the top-five in the conference and top-30 in the nation according to 247Sports.
One player that could and, in my opinion, will make an impact right away is four-star wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton. He is a speedy, talented wideout that caught 73 passes for 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season at Mountain View High in Virginia.
He has the hands and the athleticism to give the Nittany Lions a solid passing attack right away especially with five-star quarterback Christian Hackenberg leading the offense in the next couple of years.
Watch out for this duo as they may be tough to beat for years to come.