Position breakdown: Linebackers 

August, 27, 2012
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Each day in the last week, NittanyNation has taken a look at a different position and broken it down. Today it's linebackers.

[+] EnlargeGerald Hodges
Kevin Jairaj/US PresswireA new coordinator could help Penn State's Gerald Hodges put up even bigger numbers as a senior.
Penn State is known as Linebacker U for a reason, and this year won't change that. ESPN's Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg ranked Gerald Hodges as the best 'backer in the Big Ten, and Michael Mauti wasn't far behind at No. 8.

Hodges could compete for the Butkus Award this season, and there are no soft spots at linebacker. Glenn Carson will start inside, and Mike Hull is a solid No. 4.

Linebacker and defensive end are the strongest units on this team.

Positives:

  • Comfort. Linebacker coach Ron Vanderlinden was one of two assistants Bill O'Brien decided to keep. So it's business as usual here.
3Q UCF J. Holman pass,to J. Worton for 47 yds for a 1ST down,PENN ST penalty, Roughing Passer (13 Yards) for a 1ST down
Justin Holman pass complete to J.J. Worton for 47 yds to the PENNST 26 for a 1ST down PENN ST Penalty, Roughing Passer (13 Yards) to the PnSt 13 for a 1ST down
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