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Question marks still remain at WR for Penn State three weeks into fall camp

Wide Receiver is still a close battle according to James Franklin and other insiders.



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Jan 2, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver KeAndre Lambert-Smith (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Utah Utes in the 109th Rose Bowl game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With the expectations sky-high for the Penn State football team this fall, there are a few question marks heading into the 2023 season. Obviously, everyone wants to start with first-year starting QB Drew Allar which makes sense, but another area that needs to be solidified before the season is the wide receiver position. Now, as we are a few weeks into fall camp some new fall camp information has emerged, giving us an insight on which wide receivers are going to see plenty of playing time this fall.

Question marks still remain at WR for Penn State three weeks into fall camp

On Monday, on the On3 Roundtable Blue White Illustrated’s Sean Fitz joined J.D. PicKell to discuss the latest on the Penn State football fall camp. The two went through a variety of topics but the one that stood out was the early winners that are standing out in the wide receiver room.

When speaking about the wide receivers Fitz said “When you ask anyone at Penn State it’s a one-two situation with KeAndre Lambert-Smith and Trey Wallace and then it’s everybody else.”

This is a little bit of a surprise to me since you’d imagine Dante Cephas would be an instant impact guy and be a main target for Drew Allar. But when Allar spoke to Adam Breneman earlier in the offseason on Next Up with Adam Breneman and immediately mentioned “Dre and Tre” when describing the underrated players that are going to do big things this season.

Who else is in the mix at wide receiver?

There isn’t a massive gap between the next part of the depth chart which would include Kent State transfer Dante Cephas and second-year WR Omari Evans. The two will likely rotate quite a bit this season. Fitz mentioned that”But a guy like Omari Evans who was here and played as a true freshman last year, was a former high school quarterback a guy that adjusted to the game last year. He’s a guy that can step up and give them something maybe he’s the third wide receiver, or maybe he’s that fourth guy jocking with Cephas at that point.”

Coach Franklin spoke to the media on Monday night and mentioned that no wide receiver has been able to “separate themselves from the pack” which goes to show you just how close the battle in the wide receiver room is currently.

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