Penn State

Nittany Lions by the numbers

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Saquon Barkley and Mike Gesicki at the Rose Bowl. – GETTY

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State’s resurgence this past season continues to have fans buzzing well into the offseason, as evidenced by this week’s announcement of nearly 92 percent renewal rate in season tickets and 3,612 new season tickets sold.

While this offseason will be marked by polls, projections and Heisman pundits, how Penn State took significant steps forward can be traced back to several aspects of the team. There’s been continued success on the recruiting trail — as evidenced by the top-ranked 2018 class that’s up to 11 members — key hires who made immediate impacts and improved depth across the board.

Even a month removed from the conclusion of the season some of the statistics are still eye popping. I thumbed through the beat-up pages of my notebook to compile some of the more telling stats from the past season. These numbers help shed light on areas of growth as well areas of improvement for the upcoming season.

Can some of these numbers be duplicated? That’s what 2017-18 will be all about, but there was a lot to look at from the Lions’ slow starts to their offensive explosion, defensive numbers and a lot in between.