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Penn State Football: Position Preview: Receivers

by on April 06, 2016 2:00 PM

Who's Gone:

Similar to Akeel Lynch, receiver Geno Lewis is the only player at his position to leave Penn State this offseason and largely as a result of playing time limitations. Lewis will head to Oklahoma to help out the Sooners after seeing his production greatly decrease in 2015 despite a fairly solid career in the blue and white. Other than that the rest of the unit is young, healthy and ready for action this upcoming season.

Who's Still Here:

From the standpoint of names already well known to fans, the speed Chris Godwin and Brandon Polk both return while DaeSean Hamilton moves to the slot and Saeed Blacknall looks to find a place in the rotation. Coming up the ranks are both 6-foot-4 towers in Juwan Johnson and Irvin Charles. Both Johnson and Charles are slated to be the most impactful new faces at the receiver position and a year under their belts in the strength program will only help them in that regard. Don't forget the ultra fast DeAndre Thompkins either who has floated up and down the depth chart, but not for a lack of talent.

What To Watch For:

With Hamilton reportedly set to play in the slot position this year that opens the door for a new face on the outside. Johnson and Charles' size both make them easy choices to do just that, but Blacknall has long been an opportunity away from finally becoming a staple of the receiving corps. For the second straight year there is a lot of talent at this position on paper, how Joe Moorhead finds a way to get it all on the field and used productively remains to be seen.

The most obvious question though is who takes Hamilton's spot, right now it looks like a few new and old faces are currently in the running to do just that.

The Short Version:

This is finally the season that Charles and Johnson see the field and their size coupled with the speed of Godwin and the reliability of Hamilton could make for a fun unit to watch this season. How consistent this group can be with route running and all the little details will go along way towards Penn State's success, especially as the Nittany Lions look to work in a new offense and more importantly, a new quarterback.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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