Penn State Football Position Preview: Wide Receiver
While some positions for the Penn State Nittany Lions have question marks for the 2013 season, wide receiver is not one of them. The Nittany Lions are fortunate to have a crop of talented wide receivers that includes the Big Ten‘s best a season ago in junior Allen Robinson.
In fact, they are so deep at the position that two receivers, Trevor Williams and Malik Golden, have been moved to the defensive secondary.
Robinson is the clear leader of the group, establishing himself last year as a top-level receiver by catching 77 balls for 1,013 yards and 11 touchdowns. His ability to turn a short pass into a big play paired with speed that makes him a down-field threat makes Robinson a popular target and a dangerous weapon in the passing attack.
Brandon Moseby-Felder, another experienced receiver from last year, also returns this season. He finished third on the team in receiving, totaling 437 yards and a touchdown. Moseby-Felder should start the year where he finished last season as the Nittany Lions’ number two wide receiver.
Alex Kenney is a redshirt junior who played in 11 of 12 games in 2012. Though he struggled a bit, only totaling 172 yards and failing to find the end zone, he’s a shifty, speedy receiver who can make plays from the slot.
Redshirt freshman Eugene Lewis was the Nittany Lions’ top recruit in 2012. He impressed the coaches in practice throughout last season and is poised to step into a big role this season. Look for Lewis to be incorporated early and often into the Penn State passing attack.
Joining Lewis as a new player this year is true freshman Richy Anderson. Originally recruited as a running back, Anderson was transitioned to receiver over the course of spring practice. He caught a touchdown during the annual spring game and could be a nice surprise for Penn State in 2013.
Matt Zanellato saw limited time last season, appearing in eight games and catching just two passes. While he wasn’t utilized much last year, but that could change this season. Zanellato is coming off of a strong spring practice and recorded 53 yards in the Blue-White game.
Clearly, the Nittany Lions are not short on receivers for the upcoming season. Regardless of who is taking the snaps at Penn State in 2013, there will be an abundance of guys to throw the ball to.