Five backups who could step up 

August, 20, 2012
Mike HullJoe Robbins/Getty ImagesLinebacker Mike Hull contributed as a freshman and should see increased playing time.
Penn State's roster might not be brimming with depth, but it still has a handful of talented backups who could contribute this season.

Defensive end Deion Barnes is one of those kinds of players but was already included on an earlier list of breakout underclassmen so Nittany Nation looked closer at the roster to see whom those other solid backups this season might be.

Fans might not buy their jerseys and they might not see a majority of snaps, but members of this group might be called to step up throughout the season:
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