Penn State Football will enter 2023 without its top two pass catchers from 2022
Penn State Football will be without star wide receiver Parker Washington in 2023 as Washington declared for the NFL Draft on Friday.
Washington’s decision isn’t much of a surprise, although there was some belief that he could come back next season because he is currently dealing with an undisclosed season-ending injury.
The junior wide receiver was quite productive for the Nittany Lions during his three-year career.
Washington caught 146 passes for 1,920 yards and 12 touchdowns in 32 games with Penn State. Operating mostly out of the slot, Washington was arguably Penn State’s most sure-handed wide receiver this season.
This is a significant loss for Penn State Football for a couple reasons.
The first being the fact that there is not a lot of experience left with the remaining group. KeAndre Lambert-Smith is now the team’s most experienced receiver with 70 career catches. Normally, having inexperienced receivers isn’t a good thing, it’s even less ideal when you factor in the fact that Penn State will be breaking in a brand-new starting quarterback for the first time since 2019 in Drew Allar.
Allar is incredibly talented but having inexperience at both quarterback and the vast majority of the receiving group is a bit concerning. There are ways the staff can fix this problem though, let’s take a look at them.