NITTANY NOTES: Taking the Lead Part I

As spring practice progresses, see who is stepping into the leadership roles on the Penn State offense. Get the lowdown in our exclusive Nittany Notes.

FOS STAFF NOTE: For this report we have gathered the opinions of a wide range of practice observers. We asked them to vote on which players they see as the leaders of the Penn State offense during the off-season so far.

THE SCENE: With the departure of some key leaders on offense (like Stefen Wisniewski and Brett Brackett), the Nittany Lions have some fairly big shoes to fill in the leadership department. However, PSU is hardly devoid of players who can serve as "lead dogs."

Here is a review of the players on offense who have been stepping into the leadership roles.


We asked each observer to vote for their top three leaders on offense. We also included quotes from different observers as to why they made their selections. The percentage number next to each name reflects the percentage of observers we spoke with who named the player among their top three leaders on offense.

Derek Moye, WR: 83 percent - Moye received votes from 50 percent of the voters a year ago. Now he moves into the top spot. Said to "more comfortable" with the leadership role, he's again taking charge of the receivers, but also taking a "more expanded role" with the offense. With Moye setting the tone, the wideouts have been outstanding this spring, and even "dominated" a passing drill against the secondary late last week.

Stephfon Green, RB: 58 percet - The veteran of the running back unit, Green has "waited his turn" behind Evan Royster and "now knows he's the guy the young unit is looking to to take charge." Green knows he has a lot of talent in his unit and as one observer said, "wants to do whatever he can to help it develop." Green has handled the development of super sophomore Silas Redd extremely well. The one concern about Green? Is he durable enough to stay on the field all season, which is a necessity for any leader.

Matt McGloin, QB: 42 percent - Although controversy surrounds the quarterback position, several program observers feel McGloin has the ability to lead the offense and take charge in the huddle. "There's no sugar-coating it, his bowl performance (five interceptions) was a disaster, but he has the ability to get the team to follow him and perform."

Rob Bolden, QB: 33 percent - On the other hand there are several who feel Bolden has the leadership to take over the starting job. "He's connected with a lot of guys (on the team). And a lot of them love him." However, the off-season transfer controversy still doesn't sit well with many in the program, even though Bolden has tried to downplay it to the media.

Paul Jones, QB: 25 percent - If it wasn't enough, a third quarterback was picked by some observers. "Paul is a heads-down, do-what-it-takes kind of guy. Players respect him and does what he has been asked," according to one observer. Observers say Jones emerged as a leader among the redshirting freshmen last year, so he has a strong core constituency from which to build.

Michael Zordich, FB: 25 percent - Zorch "has a great head on his shoulders" and "can get guys fired up." Selfless in his approach, he is the type of player "who makes others better just by being around him."

Justin Brown, WR: 17 percent - Pointing to his confidence and determination, Brown is not thought to be an overly vocal leader, but is the type who "guys will see his attitude and effort and hopefully elevate their own."

Silas Redd, RB: 17 percent - Another guy who many feel is a "leader by example" just based on how he performs on the field, Redd is also well-liked among his teammates and "leaves it out on the field." is your source for the best content and community covering Penn State football.


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