Matt McGloin, QB – much was made about the fact that Penn State started the season with true freshman Rob Bolden under center, making him the first rookie to start the season opener in Joe Paterno's 45-year coaching career. But Bolden struggled with ineffectiveness early on and then an injury, and was replaced by the much-less-heralded McGloin. A sophomore who began his Penn State career as a walk-on, McGloin has been instrumental in the Lions winning three of their last four. He relieved Bolden and threw a pair of touchdowns in the win over Minnesota, and then started and starred in back-to-back wins over Michigan and Northwestern. He threw a pair of interceptions in Saturday's loss to Ohio State, but he's clearly overseen a resurgence in the Lion offense in the last month.
Stefen Wisniewski, OG – The 6'3", 306-pounder was a consensus preseason first-team All-America choice after starring as a center a year ago. He was a third-team All-America at center in 2009 and is projected as a late first or early second-round NFL Draft pick at the position in next spring's draft. But after making the transition to center in 2009 he's switched back to guard this season, a position where he started 12 games in 2008 while helping the Lions to the Big Ten title. He'll anchor a line that will try to dominate the Hoosier defensive line in the same way that Wisconsin's did last weekend.
Silas Redd, RB – A week ago, it was relatively unknown third-string Wisconsin tailback Montee Ball who made a name for himself with his 22-carry, 167-yard, three-touchdown effort against the Hoosiers. Along those same lines, Redd has a chance to have a similar breakout performance against Indiana's defense. A true freshman, Redd has taken on more of a load in recent weeks while backing up starter Evan Royster this season. After failing to reach double-digit carries in Penn State's eight games, Redd has had 11 carries in each of the last two weeks. He put together an 11-carry, 131-yard afternoon against Northwestern for his best effort of the season, and he also recently had a nine-carry, 71-yard performance against Minnesota. Penn State's all-time leading rusher Royster will be on the field when the game starts, but Redd will get his chance to make an impact as well.
Ollie Ogbu, DT – a third-year starter at defensive tackle, Ogbu gives the Lions an athletic presence on the interior of their defensive line. At 6'3" and 285 pounds Ogbu won't necessarily overpower opposing offensive linemen, but he has the quickness to get into the opponent's backfield and create problems, particularly against the run. Ogbu leads the Lions with 7 ½ tackles for loss. He's coming off a quiet one-tackle effort in last weekend's 38-14 loss to Ohio State, and he had only one tackle when these two teams met a season ago in Happy Valley. But he's clearly capable of having a much bigger impact on the game Saturday at FedEx Field.
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On Tuesday – Four Names to Know
On Wednesday – Three Key Match-Ups
On Thursday – Two Big Concerns
On Friday – One Bold Prediction
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