Nittany Notes: Receiving Corps

With the Nittany Lions uncovering their passing game this past Saturday against Cincinnati, the offensive staff has decided to make some adjustments in practice in an attempt to bolster the offensive output and enhance the ground game and air attack against Central Michigan this week.

The staff has made several shifts with the offensive lineup in early practices this week, although the key figures in the passing game, Michael Robinson, Derrick Williams and Deon Butler, have continued to see the bulk of first-team reps this week.

Wide Receivers

In terms of the rest of the wideout corps, Jordan Norwood and Lydell Sargeant have moved up the depth chart, seeing more first-team reps with three- and four-wide sets this week in practice. As one observer explained, "Norwood has the ability to be another breakaway threat with Williams and Butler. As for Sargeant, they like the added dimension of power he brings in the short [passing] game."

With Sargeant and Norwood seeing increased first-team time, Ethan Kilmer and Terrell Golden have seen more second-team practice reps this week. "Golden needs to focus on his game and get aggressive with his play. They younger receivers are just playing more aggressive and all-out," another observer explained.

Justin King has seen reps on both sides of the ball, although "he seems to be involved more with the offensive side of things this week."

Offensive Line

So far this week, the offensive line has see a lineup of:

LT: Levi Brown
LG: Charles Rush
C: Lance Antilock
RG: Tyler Reed/Robert Price
RT: John Wilson

As for right guard, although he is "officially on the second team" and has been in the second team's green jersey, Tyler Reed has been seeing the bulk of snaps on the first-team unit this week.

On an interesting sidenote, A.Q. Shipley stepped in at left guard against Cincinnati for Charles Rush. So far in practice this week he has remained at the position, seeing mostly second-team reps and some snaps with the first team. "Shipley is a complete lineman. He has to see the field — I don't know how anyone can keep him off the field," one observer shared.

E.Z. Smith has been seeing second-team reps at center, which has been a factor in the shift of Shipley to guard recently.


Not surprisingly, Michael Robinson remains at the starting spot at quarterback. "His play last week has given him an injection of confidence. He seems more relaxed and has had a good set of practices."

Anthony Morelli continues to see primarily second-team snaps in the green jersey, and "looks good — that drive Saturday was a definite confidence booster for him."

Other Notes

Dan Connor was seen throughout the football facilities today, including the locker room, all of which were off limits during his suspension. As the Harrisburg Patriot News reported today, he is now allowed to practice, although it remains to be seen if he will play Saturday.

We sometimes refer to the color jersey a player wears in practice in our Nittany Notebook reports. For those who may not be aware, each unit wears a different colored jersey in practice, which constitues the squad they are assigned to:

First-Team Offense: powder blue
Second-Team Offense: green
First-Team Defense: navy blue
Second-Team Defense: red
Scout-Team: white


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