Stars to watch
All eyes will be on sophomore signal caller Christian Hackenberg. Under center, Hackenberg's freshman campaign was one for the ages, leading to many looking ahead to his NFL future. As a freshman, Hackenberg broke 12 school freshman records, including completions, yards and touchdown passes. The former No. 1 overall recruit posted a 2:1 touchdown to interception ratio, finishing with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
On the other side of the ball, safety Adrian Amos is one of the top defensive backs in the nation. As a safety, Amos has coverage ability as he has started 19 games at corner in his career. Coming in at 6 feet tall and weighing 209 pounds, Amos has the build to help in run support.
Key offensive stats:
Total offense: 43rd nationally (433.2 yards per game)
Rushing offense: 57th nationally (174 yards per game)
Passing offense: 37th nationally (259.2 yards per game)
Scoring offense: 69th nationally (28.7 points per game)
Key defensive stats:
Note from 2013 season
Total defense: 48th nationally (381.3 yards per game)
Rushing defense: 36th nationally (144 yards per game)
Passing defense: 73rd nationally (237.3 yards per game)
Scoring defense: 59th nationally (26.2 points per game)
Coming from Vanderbilt, James Franklin is in his first season at Penn State. He took Vanderbilt to a 9-4 season last year including a 41-24 bowl victory against Houston. His Vanderbilt teams were known for their defense, finishing 23rd in total defense in 2013. Franklin also succeeded as the Commodores' head coach in turnover margin, where Vanderbilt was tied for 24th nationally.