And a big part of that was working on the return game.
"Clearly, Derrick and A.J. have shown they can break open opportunities with their runs," one observer explained. "I don't think it will be a shock to anyone who has been following Penn State when they hear Stephfon is getting a look [on kick returns]. His speed and evasiveness could really give [the team] some field-position victories and short fields to work with."
The primary punt return men so far this preseason have been Williams, Anthony Scirrotto and Drew Astorino. Scirrotto's role is to handle "punt safe" situations, where the usual defense stays on the field when an opponent is facing fourth-and-short in or near PSU territory.
Williams has been returning punts the past two years, so you already know what is up with him.
Meanwhile, the redshirt freshman Astorino's athleticism and endurance make him "an electric player," according to one observer. "He just pushes it on every snap and he's really quick. People may be confused by it, but he could really be a weapon [on punt returns]."
AND ANOTHER THING: Redshirt freshman Ryan Breen is getting a serious look at handling kickoffs this preseason. "He has such a big leg, but really needs to work on his consistency," an observer said. "He can get the air and distance but needs to work on his direction."
Breen was recruited to Penn State as a punter.
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