Now or never No. 5 and No. 6

Again, I got caught up doing some things on my day off Thursday and blanked on writing the No. 5 installment of now or never. My apologies. Figured I’d just kill two birds with one stone here.

For No. 5 I’m going with senior cornerback Chaz Powell. It would be hard to find a more physically gifted player at Penn State than Powell. Early in his career it was on offense, and last year, with a large stable of wide receivers, Powell was moved back to defense, where he was initially recruited as a safety. The sky is really the limit for Powell. He could either start on the outside this season, or slide inside to the nickel spot depending on what the coaching staff decides to do with Stephon Morris.

While Powell hasn’t had a bad career at Penn State, he certainly hasn’t played up to his ability. He had a key fumble against Alabama last year fighting for meaningless yards, and has also been sidelined by hamstring injuries several times. The talent is there, no question. Can Powell finally put it all together though? That’s the real question.

For No. 6, how about senior guard Johnnie Troutman?

I’m a member of and those guys do a heck of a job covering the Nittany Lions. Something I’ve read a lot from them, and agree with, is that Penn State’s coaches think Troutman has ability to play on Sundays. It’s hard to argue with that, but no NFL team is going to want someone who has reported out of shape and now has a DUI hanging over his head. Troutman is both powerful and athletic, but consistency hasn’t always been his calling card, another thing that will scare away NFL teams.

Troutman’s worst enemy has been himself though. He showed up to preseason camp last summer overweight and Joe Paterno held him out of practice. He tipped the scales at 323 this spring, way too high, but since it’s the spring he’s been allowed to try and work it off in practice. And from what I’ve read, Troutman has had his best spring practice and has really taken a leadership role. Let’s hope so because the Nittany Lions really need to Troutman to play up to his potential.

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