By Les Barnhart
In a season that was to be the ugliest of the "sanction" years, the Nittany Lions gave their all, week in and week out. They gave fans plenty to cheer about and some weeks, plenty to curse the sanctions about. The 2014 season will be looked back on not for the six wins or the start of Coach Franklin's tenure. It will be looked on as the year that the Penn State football program stood tall while playing the entire season outmanned. They faced off against odds that had even the most loyal of the "blue bloods" professing at the start of the campaign that this would be a "throw away" season. They thought it would be impossible with lack of scholarship players at Penn State.
2014 was to be another rebuilding season for the Nittany Lions. The new head coach took the scene by storm with his "dominate the state" mantra that he set into motion at his first press conference. The team lost their receiving corps from last season and most of their offensive line. The line would, as predicted, be an area of concern all season and one that will need the most attention over the offseason. The defense was good enough to keep them in games, but it did not look good for the Nittany Lions as they opened the season in Ireland for the Croke Park Classic. But things can change.
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