Penn State is known as Linebacker U for a reason. Players like Jack Ham, Shane Conlan, Brandon Short, LaVar Arrington, Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor and Sean Lee preserved the iconic legacy at the linebacker position for decades under the careful watch of Joe Paterno.
But with a new regime set to unfold under Bill O’Brien, can the emphasis on the tight end position lead to Penn State picking up a new nickname?
Right now, the debate over which school lays proper claim to Tight End U is between Stanford, Notre Dame, Georgia and Wisconsin, and perhaps another school or two. With O’Brien’s offensive style and background, it may be a matter of time before Penn State starts to make a case for a claim to the title as well.
“That’s a very important part of what we’re going to do offensively,” O’Brien said of the position and its importance in the offense. “Obviously, the last two years in New England taught me a lot about the use of a tight end, multiple tight ends. What people don’t understand in New England, a lot of times, we used three tight ends…The more you have, the more difficult it is on a defense.”
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