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FOOTBALL | Penn State redshirt freshman changes positions before spring ball

Spring ball hasn’t started yet, but the Nittany Lions already have a position change.



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Apr 23, 2022; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions offensive linesman Caedan Wallace (79) grabs the face mask of running back Keyvone Lee (24) during the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The defense defeated the offense 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

STATE COLLEGE, PA — We are just days from the start of spring ball in State College, and with that, the feeling of football is in the air. For the Penn State Nittany Lions, even something as small as a position change is notable heading into the season, and this week, we got exactly that. Here is a bit of Penn State football news that should not be overlooked before the Blue-White game on April 15th.

Penn State football news: Nittany Lions have position change before spring ball

Samuel Siafa, a walk-on redshirt freshman in the Blue and White, was previously listed as an offensive lineman for the Nittany Lions until this week. Now, a bit of notable Penn State football news has been passed along, including that Siafa has since changed positions.

Samuel Siafa gained 10 pounds over the offseason — he joins many other Penn State players that gained weight during winter workouts — and is now up to 279 pounds heading into the 2023 season. The graduation of PJ Mustipher has created a small depth issue for the Nittany Lions at defensive tackle; however, James Franklin addressed this by moved Samuel Siafa from offensive line to defensive tackle.

Could Siafa earn more reps at his new position in 2023?

Siafa stands at 6-4 and weighs in close to 280 pounds heading into the new season this fall, and frankly, could earn some solid reps throughout the season as a substitute or goal line player. Since Penn State’s offensive line room is looking very solid thus far, Siafa will likely see more opportunities as a defensive tackle this year.

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