Monday, May 17, 2010
The Revolving Door: Penn State
By ESPN.com staff
Third in a series examining key players departing, staying and arriving at Big Ten schools.
Daryll Clark, QB: Clark earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in each of his two seasons as Penn State's starting quarterback. He set several team passing records, including career touchdown passes (43) and single-season passing yards (3,003). Clark won Big Ten co-MVP honors in 2009 and finished with a 22-4 record as Penn State's starter.
Jared Odrick, DT: In a conference filled with outstanding linemen, Odrick might have been the most disruptive. He earned Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2009 after leading Penn State in sacks (7) and ranking second in tackles for loss (11). Odrick commanded consistent double teams and helped Penn State rank sixth nationally in rush defense (89.9 ypg).
Evan Royster, RB: Many folks thought Royster would enter the NFL draft after recording his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. His return provides a huge lift for a Penn State offense that should be better up front but will turn to an inexperienced quarterback. Royster has averaged 6.1 yards a carry during his career and needs 481 yards to become Penn State's all-time rushing leader.
Stefen Wisniewski, G: A consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection at center in 2009, Wisniewski moved back to his natural position of guard this spring and is primed for a big senior season. He has lived up to the hype from his family lineage, and will be a prime contender for Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors this fall.
Khairi Fortt, LB: Penn State loses all three starting linebackers from 2009 and needs to build depth there. Fortt, ranked by ESPN recruiting as the nation's No. 2 inside linebacker, enrolled early and has all the physical tools to contribute early in his career. He's one of several incoming freshman defenders -- Dakota Royer, Mike Hull -- who could play right away for Penn State.
Paul Jones, QB: Jones tossed two touchdown passes in the Blue-White Game to put himself in the mix for Penn State's starting quarterback spot. Lions head coach Joe Paterno doesn't like playing freshmen, especially at the quarterback spot, but Jones likely won't back down as he competes with Kevin Newsome and Matt McGloin.
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