SHORT REPORT: Position Changes

Pair of former western Pennsylvania standouts will be seeing time at new spots when the Nittany Lions begin spring practice later this month.

It's been said that spring is a time for change. And that is typically the case in Happy Valley, where the Penn State football team experiments with various position changes during spring practice.

Drills are slated to begin March 23. When they do, a pair of former western Pennsylvania redshirt sophomores will be working out at new positions.

Nick Sukay, a former safety who has been hampered by a foot injury the past two seasons, has been shifted to cornerback. The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder has yet to log a snap in his Nittany Lion career, but will now be battling for playing time in an area where both starters were lost to graduation.

His primary competition figures to come from returning corners A.J. Wallace and D'Anton Lynn, as well as two players we had previously reported as moving to corner -- former safety Knowledge Timmons and corner turned wideout turned corner Devin Fentress.

Another position change of note will see Jon Ditto moving from wide receiver to linebacker. Recruited as a tight end, Ditto missed his entire rookie season (2007) with a shoulder injury and redshirted. He moved to wideout for his redshirt freshman season, seeing time in the slot when he played, but did not log a catch. He made it onto the field in only two of 13 games.

Stayed tuned to FOS for more news and notes as the Lions prepare for spring practice.


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