As we noted previously, our projected starters are listed in normal type. Others we expect to see first-team reps are listed in italics.
The Nittany Lions return two proven starters in Big Ten Receiver of the Year Allen Robinson and Brandon Moseby-Felder. You know all about the record-setting Robinson. Moseby-Felder missed the end of spring ball to get his academic house in order but had a strong summer in the classroom and is good to go for his senior campaign.
The returning starters combined for 108 catches for 1,450 yards and a dozen touchdowns last season. Yet the rest of the wideouts on the roster combined for only 35 catches.
So the key this year would seem to be getting more production out of the complementary receivers.
Redshirt junior Alex Kenney is the fastest player on the team, but that has yet to translate into significant on-field success. Head coach Bill O'Brien and his staff spent the spring working on creative ways to use Kenney, particularly out of the slot, so expect him to make more of an impact this fall. Class of 2013 early enrollee Richy Anderson seemed like a natural in the slot during spring ball, too.
Redshirt freshman Eugene Lewis has been so impressive in making the transition from high school quarterback that the staff felt comfortable shipping promising wideout Trevor Williams over to cornerback. Lewis has good speed, great leaping ability and huge hands, and figures to be most effective (initially, at least) as a deep threat.
Entering training camp, redshirt sophomore Matt Zanelatto appeared to be in the mix for first-team reps, as well. He took over for Moseby-Felder in the Blue-White Game and had four catches for 53 yards. At 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, he'll do most of his damage catching balls across the middle.
True freshman DaeSean Hamilton is another deep threat. But the 6-1, 182-pounder could use a redshirt to add bulk and strength.
WR: Allen Robinson, Eugene Lewis
WR: Brandon Moseby-Felder, Matt Zanelatto, Alex Kenney
SLOT: Alex Kenney, Richy Anderson