Penn State Football

September 5, 2014

Who has the edge: Penn State vs. Akron

After mixing and matching players through spring practice and preseason camp, Penn State settled on a starting five and mostly stuck to that group in Week 1. Left tackle Donovan Smith was joined by right tackle Andrew Nelson, guards Brendan Mahon and Brian Gaia and center Angelo Mangiro. Penn State’s front five didn’t provide much of a surge in the running game but was up against a solid UCF defense and only had 28 rushing attempts. Although quarterback Christian Hackenberg took a few hits and absorbed two sacks, he had time to go through his reads most of the game. As junior center Mangiro said, Penn State must improve its goal line blocking as they needed six tries to score one touchdown. Much like Penn State, Akron’s offensive line is a young bunch. Only center Travis Switzer and left guard Dylan Brumbaugh have double-digit starts with 28 and 18, respectively. Meanwhile tackles Quaison Osborne will make his second start at tackle while Tommy Brown, who transferred from Ohio State, was ruled eligible to play by the NCAA on Friday and should make his debut for the Zips. Akron’s running game was lousy against FCS opponent Howard. The Zips managed just 113 rushing yards with 48 yards coming on scrambles by quarterback Kyle Pohl. Advantage: Push

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