Penn State Football

August 29, 2014

Penn State football: Who has the edge vs. Central Florida?

Penn State and UCF have both spent the offseason looking for new faces to emerge in the trenches. Following a potentially season-ending knee injury to right guard Miles Dieffenbach, the Nittany Lions will have four new starters among their front five. UCF meanwhile lost three big men to the NFL. Left tackle Donovan Smith will make his 21st start for the Nittany Lions while his counterpart, UCF’s Torrian Wilson will make his 30th start at the same spot for the Knights. Also back for UCF is center Joey Grant who started all 13 games last season. Although he has never started in three years, Penn State’s Angelo Mangiro has copious experience as a reserve and will be counted on heavily. Brian Gaia and Derek Dowrey have moved over from defense and will likely man the guard spots for the Nittany Lions while youngster Andrew Nelson has emerged at right tackle. Michel Campbell played in 12 games last season for UCF at left guard. Tarik Cook (right guard) and Chester Brown (right tackle) have been in the program for four and three seasons respectively but have little game experience. These offensive lines could be ongoing works in progress for both teams early in the season. It’s a push.

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