PSU to open spring drills Friday
Penn State, coming off a 9-4 season and an Outback Bowl win, opens spring drills Friday and concludes them April 21 with the Blue-White Game. In between, answers will be sought to these questions:
1) How's the offensive line going to shape up?
Left tackle Levi Brown has moved on, likely to be taken early in the first round of the NFL Draft. Left guard Robert Price won't be as hard to replace. A.Q. Shipley provides an anchor at center. Gerald Cadogan is a former starting left guard who is expected to get a look at left tackle. Junior college transfer Ako Poti and Dennis Landolt will be tried there, too. Lou Eliades could be a factor at left guard. Rich Ohrnberger and John Shaw, who's coming off a knee injury, started at right guard and tackle, respectively, last season and are back.
2) Who's going to replace tailback Tony Hunt?
Senior Austin Scott needs to prove he can make it through a spring intact, let alone a season. Ditto for Rodney Kinlaw. Redshirt freshmen Evan Royster and Brent Carter are young guns.
3) How will the defense retool?
The unit's performance and spiritual leader, linebacker Paul Posluszny, is gone. Dan Connor might swap inside, as Posluszny did last year. Replacing tackles Jay Alford and Ed Johnson will be tough, as will be replacing versatile safety/nickel backs Donnie Johnson and Nolan McCready. Look for cornerback Tony Davis to get a look at safety, with A.J. Wallace taking his place at corner.
- By Sam Ross Jr.