Breakout players for 2013: No. 2
December, 20, 2012
By Josh Moyer | ESPN.com
Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesLinebacker Mike Hull played well this season, but more will be expected in 2013.During the next week, NittanyNation will count down the five Penn State players who weren't named to the All-Big Ten teams and are poised for breakout seasons in 2013.
The No. 2 breakout player: LB Mike Hull, rising redshirt junior
Hull mulled a transfer before the season but eventually decided to stay -- thanks, in part, to Michael Mauti -- and contributed heavily toward Penn State's defensive success in 2012 as the No. 4 linebacker.
With the graduations of Mauti and Gerald Hodges, Hull will play an even larger role in 2013. He could be the next great athlete at Linebacker U and possesses a rare blend of speed and strength. Granted, a lot of Hull's teammates could say they're fast and strong ... but not like Hull.
The 6-foot standout maxed out at 405 pounds on the bench press during the summer, the heaviest repetition among all players. When he first arrived at Penn State, longtime defensive coordinator Tom Bradley even tried him out at safety because he ran a hand-timed 4.5 -- and a laser-timed 4.6 -- but he played more naturally at linebacker.
Hull was a big-play magnet in 2012 who was especially strong against the pass, and he'll bring a lot to this defense as a starter. He's not the tallest of the front-seven -- actually, he'll probably be the shortest -- but he has the ability and drive to wind up as one of the top players on this defense. He definitely has a bright future and is primed for a breakout season in 2013.
Quotables: "Mike Hull, here's a guy that's been our fourth linebacker all year; he's made big plays for us on defense and special teams. He's an instinctive guy, he's a Pittsburgh guy, he's a football guy. ... This guy is a rock-solid football dude, so he's going to go in there and play as hard as he can, and it's going to be fun to watch him play." -- Bill O'Brien
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Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35