Is Ben Kline ready to play? Penn State’s linebacker depth really needs him

Penn State linebacker and Dallastown graduate Ben Kline answers a reporter's questions at media day Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - CHRIS DUNN)

Penn State linebacker and Dallastown graduate Ben Kline answers a reporter’s questions at media day Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – CHRIS DUNN)

Penn State already was thin at linebacker, almost always the marquee position on its defense.

While Linebacker U. features three potential impressive starters once again, it is shallow when it comes to proven depth.

And now there seems to be a question about how quickly Dallastown redshirt sophomore Ben Kline is recovering from winter shoulder surgery.

He and Gary Wooten are the only scholarship linebackers on the roster behind projected starters Glenn Carson, Mike Hull and Nyeem Wartman.

“Ben Kline, you know, he’s in and out with shoulder issues, but I believe he’ll be okay,” coach Bill O’Brien said at media day. “We’ll monitor him in practice and sometimes he’ll practice, sometimes he won’t.”

A bit later, Kline declined to discuss anything related to his injury, passing off all questions to the coaching staff.
This season is expected to be Kline’s first as a significant contributor beyond special teams.

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  • Video: Watch coach Bill O’Brien’s news conference in its entirety
  • On the blog: Tyler Ferguson takes the very early lead in Penn State’s quarterback race
  • Tout: Check out the Tout video feeds of reporters Frank Bodani and Jim Seip for a first-hand look at clips from their interviews today at media day.
  • Photos: See a gallery of photos from State College in our MediaCenter.
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