Nicknamed "The Wild Dogs," Penn State's defensive linemen have exhibited a collective bite that has been every bit as savage as their bark this season.
The Nittany Lions lead the nation in sacks (18) and are second in tackles for loss (40), thanks in large part to a dominating front four. DE Carl Nassib leads the nation in sacks with seven and also has an interception. DT Austin Johnson paces the team in tackes (23) and has a 71-yard TD return for a score. DT Anthony Zettel has five tackles behind the line and a fumble recovery. And DE Garrett Sickels played his best game yet last Saturday vs. San Diego State, with three tackles, half a sack and a forced fumble.
And we haven't even talked about the reserves, who have accounted for four more sacks.
Defensive line coach Sean Spencer preaches a pack mentality. And to represent that, he came up with the idea of giving his group a blue and white bone to bring to each week's game. He talks about it above.