Penn State football: 3 players who could have a breakout game in the Peach Bowl

Most of the same Nittany Lions from the regular season will be on the field in Atlanta, but these players who were buried on the depth chart may get a chance to shine on Saturday.

Penn State defensive end Amin Vanover (15)
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Sophomore. 491. 6'4", 246 lbs. Khalil Dinkins. TE. Dinkins. . . Khalil Dinkins. player

Theo Johnson has declared for the NFL draft but will play in the Peach Bowl. Tyler Warren has decided to return to Penn State next season, so Dinkins will remain the third tight end. Still, I think Andy Kotelnicki will have a fascination with the 6-foot-4 250-pound sophomore tight end and that will mean an increase in snaps for Dinkins. 

Kotelnicki is not calling the plays on Saturday, but he’s certainly been in the ear of Franklin and his co-offensive coordinators about what players he’d like to get a look at in the Peach Bowl, and Kotelnicki loves big pass catchers. 

This season at Kansas, three of Kotelnicki’s four leading receivers were over 6-foot-3. Dinkins only caught four passes for 45 yards this year, but he did score two touchdowns and may become a red zone piece moving forward. 

This could be the last chance for Dinkins to have a breakout and make a strong case for playing time next season. Warren is returning and will become TE1 with Johnson in the NFL, and five-star freshman Luke Reynolds will show up in Happy Valley soon, so it might be now or never for Dinkins.

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