Penn State: Top 5 Underrated Nittany Lions to Watch in 2015

September 1, 2015 • John Ulecka • Front Page, Lists, NCAA, Penn State Football

College football is back in action this week, and what better way to start out the Penn State Nittany Lions 2015 football coverage than with a list of some of the best underrated players to watch for in 2015?

5. OL Angelo Mangiro

The Nittany Lions were a very poor offensive line unit in 2014. Mangiro was a versatile player who lined up all over the line, but his strength is certainly at the interior position. His veteran leadership will be a key for the young starters in 2015.

4. LB Jason Cabinda

Penn State is known for developing linebackers, and Cabinda is a player who may be overshadowed by Bell and Wartman-White, but that doesn’t mean he lacks talent. He has the size and ability to attack runners downhill and can hit the gaps and make all the plays necessary. Cabinda may be one of the next-in-line players to be a part of the “Linebacker U” tradition.

3. CB Grant Haley

The recent recruiting classes have had a plethora of defensive backs signed, and Haley stands out as a stout defender. Haley is a very speedy corner with the knack of always being around the football, and he may even push No. 1 CB Trevor Williams as the top Nittany Lion cornerback in ’15, and he also doubles as a kick returner as well.

2. DT Tarow Barney

A year ago the former JC recruit was a player needed to fill the lack of depth in the interior of the PSU D Line. Barney struggled a bit to get acclimated to the defense, but he’s been a much different player this off-season. Barney is a strong lineman who will fit well behind the stalwarts (Zettel & Johnson). The Senior gives them a fresh big body to attack opposing offenses with.

1.  WR Chris Godwin

Penn State has many options at the skill position, and Godwin is definitely one of those players to watch. Godwin, at 6’1″/208, has the speed to separate from corners and the size and strength to go over the middle. Godwin may separate himself and beat out Geno Lewis as a starter. Look for big things from him.

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