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Penn State football: 3 fall camp battles to keep an eye on

The Penn State football team has multiple fall camp battles to keep an eye on this fall.



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Jan 2, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) and offensive lineman Juice Scruggs (70) greet fans and head coach James Franklin in the end of the fourth quarter against the Utah Utes of the 109th Rose Bowl game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 fall camp is officially underway for the Penn State football team as it hits the practice field to begin its journey during the 2023 season. The Nittany Lions are 30 days away from their first game of the season against West Virginia on September 2nd at Beaver Stadium. But before the season’s first game, multiple position battles need to be settled to determine who will be a starter in week 1 of the 2023 season.

Penn State football fall camp battles to keep an eye on

All eyes are on these position battles to have a better understanding of who will be part of the starting lineup this fall. The first position battle that needs to be watched closely is at the No. 3 WR position. During the Big Ten Media Days, James Franklin mentioned that there is an ongoing battle at that position. To me, it comes down to these three players Harrison Wallace, Malik McClain, and Omari Evans will be part of this competition. If one of those three can separate from the pack, that’s one more weapon that Penn State can rely on this fall.

Special teams are another position that we need to keep an eye on over the next several weeks. The Nittany Lions will be replacing their kicker, punter, and long snapper from the 2022 season. Any game in the Big Ten can come down to a special team mistake or a punt that lands inside the 20-yard line to seal a game. Penn State will look for Alex Felkins and Sander Sahaydak to compete for the starting kicker job. Riley Thompson and Alex Bacchetta will compete for the punter job, and it’s Tyler Duzansky’s job to lose at long snapper.

The other intriguing job that needs to be watched closely during fall camp is the right tackle position. Caedan Wallace had to deal with injuries for the majority of the 2022 season, but he looks to lock down his previous position at right tackle. He will need to fend off sophomore Drew Shelton who stepped up for the Nittany Lions in a big way when the offensive line suffered multiple injuries last fall. Shelton has the most upside but Wallace has years of experience over him, very interesting competition awaits these two.

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