Five questions for Penn State this spring......
1. Who will take the lead at quarterback?
Many believe quarterback is not even the best position for senior Michael Robinson, who suffered five interceptions last season in 39 pass attempts. Meanwhile, sophomore Anthony Morelli has a big arm and big potential. This is his time to show he's up to starting.
2. Will freshmen Justin King and Derrick Williams dazzle?
Gateway's Justin King and Maryland's Derrick Williams carry the weight of mammoth expectations, both externally and internally. They've enrolled early, part of a freshman class expected to help put Penn State back on a winning track. Their progress will be closely monitored.
3. Can the offensive line toughen up?
Joe Paterno said at his pre-spring news conference that his offensive linemen have disappointed, largely because of a lack of mental toughness. If this group doesn't come together, it won't matter a whole lot who's at quarterback, or how well the freshmen play.
4. Will position changes bear fruit?
Paterno has promised a lot of experimentation this spring, switching some defensive players to offense and vice versa. Because nine starters return each on offense and defense, the lineup needs fine-tuning, not total reconstruction.
5. Who will take the lead at placekicker?
Inconsistent Robbie Gould (7 of 13 field goals in 2004) is gone. Patrick Humes (Pine-Richland) and Pat Rosenella are the only kickers on the spring roster, but they'll have competition this fall from incoming freshmen Kevin Kelly and Matthew Waldron.