1. Filling the Depth
Penn State Football will be losing at least its top three pass catchers from 2022.
Wide receivers Mitchell Tinsley and Parker Washington are headed to the NFL Draft, along with starting tight end Brenton Strange.
Washington led the Nittany Lions with 46 catches in the first ten games in 2022 but suffered an injury that resulted in him missing the last two regular season games and the Rose Bowl. Tinsley assumed the No. 1 spot and finished the year with 51 catches for 577 yards and five touchdowns. Strange was tied with Tinsley for the most receiving touchdowns on the team with five.
This is a lot of production to lose in one offseason.
Cephas now at least lessens that blow to an extent. He had 48 catches in 2022 for 744 yards and three touchdowns in just nine games. His production was even better the year before, when he caught 82 passes for 1,240 yards and nine touchdowns.
Cephas’ drop in production from 2021 to 2022 should not be a concern considering he was limited to just nine games and dealt with a change at quarterback in 2022. Additionally, Devontez Walker emerged at wide receiver for Kent State this year, so Cephas shared targets with him in 2022.
Cephas not only helps the depth in 2023, but possibly 2024 as well, as he has two years of eligibility remaining.