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The Republican Herald - - PENN STATE PREVIEW -

WIS­CON­SIN

Jonathan Tay­lor, RB

Run­ning be­hind a stout, ex­pe­ri­enced of­fen­sive line, the sopho­more from New Jersey leads the na­tion in rush­ing by more than 23 yards per game, and he’s on pace to chal­lenge 2,000 rush­ing yards this sea­son ( at his cur­rent rate, he’ll reach 1,969). If he rushes for 137 yards to­day, he’ll reach the 1,500- yard plateau and be­come the fourth Wis­con­sin run­ning back to reach that num­ber in con­sec­u­tive sea­sons, join­ing Doak Walker Award win­ners Ron Dayne, Mon­tee Ball and Melvin Gor­don.

PENN STATE

Jan John­son, MLB

John­son has been a starter all sea­son for the Nit­tany Li­ons, but he’s been out of sight against teams that op­er­ate out of spread of­fenses. Against Michi­gan last week, John­son had the op­por­tu­nity to play a more tra­di­tional mid­dle linebacker role against a run- heavy of­fense and piled up the num­bers. He wound up with 10 tack­les, a ca­reer high, and was one of Penn State’s bright spots. It’s fair to ex­pect he’ll be as good, if not bet­ter, against Wis­con­sin that does some of the same things as Michi­gan.

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