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PSU football position battles heating up

PSU football position battles heating up (cumberlink.com)

- Redshirt senior Doug Klopacz has slid into center. He missed the 2008 season after tearing his ACL in September '08 but appeared in five games last season at center.

 

- Standout senior Stefen Wisniewski has moved back to a guard position, currently working with the first team at right guard.

- Redshirt senior Lou Eliades has moved down to right tackle. Eliades was the primary right guard last season and started on the line in every game last year.

The moves have given the Nittany Lions a makeshift veteran corps after losing starters Dennis Landolt and Ako Poti, as well as Nerraw McCormack. Should this formation hold up over the next few months, Pannell will be the only player to return to the offensive line position he held by season's end last year.

At linebacker, a number of athletes are in what redshirt junior Nathan Stupar dubbed a metaphorical "fight to the death." The early frontrunners include Stupar, redshirt senior Bani Gbadyu, senior Chris Colasanti and redshirt sophomore Michael Mauti. The latter of the four missed last season with a torn ACL but was originally expected to push Josh Hull for a starting position in the '09 preseason. Redshirt sophomore Michael Yancich has had a solid spring thus far and is in the mix as well.

The million-dollar question remains at quarterback, where sophomore Kevin Newsome, redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin and true freshman Paul Jones are in what is expected to be a wide-open battle for the starting position.

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