Each day in the last week, NittanyNation has taken a look at a different position and broken it down. Today it's linebackers.
Penn State is known as Linebacker U for a reason, and this year won't change that. ESPN's Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg ranked Gerald Hodges as the best 'backer in the Big Ten, and Michael Mauti wasn't far behind at No. 8.
Linebacker and defensive end are the strongest units on this team.
Comfort. Linebacker coach Ron Vanderlinden was one of two assistants Bill O'Brien decided to keep. So it's business as usual here.
Leadership. Mauti is one of the most outspoken players on the team, and Hodges was the lone player to record more than 100 tackles last season. He had 106 -- 20 more than the No. 2.