During this year’s Blue-White game, be sure to watch out for the Wide Receivers. The position is essentially up for grabs after the departure of starters Allen Robinson and Brandon Felder. While there is talent at the position, it will tough to replace a combined 125 catches from the pair. This will be the first chance we get to see what to expect from the wide outs in the upcoming season.
Geno Lewis is the leading returning receiver for the Nittany Lions, snagging 18 passes and pulling down three touchdowns during the 2013 campaign. Lewis is expected to be the number one receiver this season and he’s shown the ability in spurts. The Blue-White game will be a great chance to show off his improved skills and prove he is a viable option for Christian Hackenberg.
After Lewis it gets interesting. The only two other returning contributors are Richy Anderson and Matt Zanellato. The pair combined for 17 catches last season. Anderson impressed at times last season and proved to be a talented slot receiver when called upon. Zanellato, on the other hand, didn’t receiver a ton of action last season, but has size envied for the wide receiver position.
While a slew of other receivers remain on the roster, including DaSean Hamilton and Deshawn Baker, the biggest impact is expected to come from a true freshman. That true freshman is DeAndre Thompkins. Thompkins has made waves during spring practice, impressing the coaching staff and others with his blazing speed. The early enrollee from North Carolina is primed to make a big impact this coming season and the Blue-White game will be most people’s first chance to see him in action.
Other true freshman will be joining the battle come fall, but those guys won’t get the luxury of participating in the spring game. Uncertainty is high at this point, but finally getting a chance to see the receivers work in a game situation will certainly make things a little easier. Led by Lewis and Thompkins, expect a talented and capable group to emerge this season for the Nittany Lions.
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