In a move that won’t surprise many Penn State fans, true freshman safety Koa Farmer has been officially moved to linebacker. The university announced the move on Monday.
— Jeff Nelson (@GoPSUJeff) August 11, 2014
Farmer was recruited as a 4-star safety coming out of high school in California. He was originally committed to the University of California in October, but changed his mind in January after James Franklin became the new head coach at Penn State.
From the start, it was expected that Farmer would serve in a hybrid role, a mix between safety and linebacker, much like Stephen Obeng-Agyapong did a season ago. When linebacker Ben Kline was lost this offseason due to an injury it left the Nittany Lions with a bigger hole at linebacker than what they already had. That opened up the need for someone else to step into a linebacker position.
Enter Farmer. Speculation of his move to linebacker was ramped up on Sunday when the media was allowed inside of Beaver Stadium for a team photo. When the team split into groups for position photos, Farmer joined the linebackers.
This move was likely to come during Farmer’s time at Penn State, but the fact that the Nittany Lions have so little depth at linebacker this year likely played into the coaching staff’s decision to make the move now.
Listed at 216 pounds, Farmer is a bit on the light side for a linebacker. That’s something that he and the coaching staff will need to work on in the weight room for the future.