According to gopsusports.com, Penn State cornerback Alan Zemaitis has been, for the second time, named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is presented to the nation's top defensive back. Zemaitis is one of four Big Ten student-athletes on the 36-player list.
It is interesting to read about how well the PSU defense did last year. But then we have to remember that we still lost most of our games. Also, there is the possibility that the defense will not be as "fresh" as it was last year. Teams will have been able to prepare and focus on specific players. Conner and Posluszny are now "known" - and they will have to adjust. The Penn State Defense is not a complicated scheme - they aren't doing anything new, they just did it very well last year.
I have every confidence that PSU's defense is going to be great this year - but the team can't rest on that, because, as was painfully evident last season - a good offense is still the best defense.