Head coach James Franklin faces a unique situation at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are still under NCAA sanctions, meaning that they are limited on the number of scholarships they can have. The scholarship limits mean that walk-on players become important and may see more playing time than in normal situations. Two walk-ons were added to the 2014 team this weekend.
Penn State Athletic Director for Communications Jeff Nelson tweeted the news out Saturday.
New members of @PennStateFball team from walk-on tryout: No. 37, DB Kyle Alston and No. 86, WR Desi Davis
— Jeff Nelson (@GoPSUJeff) April 5, 2014
Both players were chosen from the walk-on tryout that Franklin held in March. They attended Penn State’s 11th spring practice on Saturday, but did not participate in any contact drills.
Alston, a recruit from New Jersey, will fill in at a position where the Nittany Lions need to add more depth, the defensive backfield. He had originally committed as a walk-on last year under former head coach Bill O’Brien. He had to tryout for the new coaching staff and must have impressed them.
Davis, a native of Ardmore, PA, also gained the attention of the coaching staff, as he too was selected from the tryout.
Neither player is expected to see much playing time this season, though there may be a few open spots on special teams, depending on what Franklin wants to do. Regardless, both players add depth to a team that will be lacking at certain positions.
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