The six best opposing offensive players on Penn State's 2009 schedule (limit of one per team). Players are listed in the order PSU will face them
Deryn Bowser, Akron WR: Bowser and fellow senior wideouts Andre Jones and Jeremy Bruce figure to be a handful for the rebuilt PSU secondary in the opener. At 6-1, 210, Bowser is a big receiver with a knack for making spectacular catches. He paced the Zips in receptions last year with 64 for 785 yards and four scores. Veteran quarterback Chris Jacquemain is back, too.
Bryan Bulaga, Iowa OT: Kirk Ferentz has done an outstanding job of developing offensive linemen at Iowa, and Bugala is the next great one. The true junior is 6-6, 312 pounds, and is entering his third season as a starter. With so many new faces at defensive end for the Lions this year, solving Bulaga will go a long way to determining how well Penn State does against Iowa's power offense.
Arrelious Benn, Illinois WR: Even without a consistent offensive performance from quarterback Juice Williams, Benn had an impressive showing last season, grabbing 67 passes for 1,055 yards and three touchdowns. Benn's size and speed allow him to create separation and his aggressive approach makes him a target that can pick up vital yardage after the catch. He has been particularly effective against Penn State the last two seasons. As the Lions know, he can also be a dangerous return man if the Illini staff elects to use him in that role.
Adam Weber, Minnesota QB: PSU has not seen Minnesota the past two seasons, so Lion fans may have missed the development of Weber. But he can be a dangerous quarterback. In the first eight games of 2008, he completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,824 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He struggled in the final five games, hitting on only 54 percent of his throws for 937 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Even with the drop-off last season, make no mistake - Weber has the potential to pick apart a young secondary.
Brandon Minor, Michigan RB: Tough and fast, Minor gave Penn State fits last season before the Lions blew open a close game in the fourth quarter. He finished with 23 carries for 117 yards and two scores. For the season, Minor carried only 103 times (15 fewer than the less-talented Sam McGuffie) yet still averaged 5.2 yards per tote and scored nine touchdowns. With McGuffie gone, Minor figures to take on a major role in the Wolverine offense.
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State QB: Say what you will about Pryor, but considering he was a true freshman in 2008, he had an impressive season. On the year Pryor completed about 61 percent of his passes (100 completions on 165 attempts) for 1,311 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also had 631 yards on the ground on 139 attempts (4.5 ypc) and six rushing touchdowns. He's shown he's a formidable weapon for the Buckeyes and if he gets his passing down he could really pull things together in 2009. He'll have to as OSU is breaking in a slew of new starters at the other skill positions.