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Penn State Roster Notes: Freshman Numbers Released, Malik Golden Switching To DB

Spring practice starts Monday so numbers were released yesterday and a few position changes were made official.


Roster Numbers

The players who are just starting their Penn State careers received numbers on Friday as well as some players switched numbers for the upcoming season. You can find them below.

Richy Anderson WR 19
Adam Breneman TE 81
D.J. Crook QB 17
Tyler Ferguson QB 5
Anthony Smith DB 24
Jordan Smith DB 12
Austin Whipple QB 3
Malik Golden DB 6
Garry Gilliam OT 77
Brent Wilkerson TE 11
Jordan Lucas S 9

Position Changes

There were three official position changes of note that the staff announced before heading into spring practice. First off, the switch from tight end to offensive tackle was officially made on the roster for Garry Gilliam, who announced the move himself just over a month ago. Secondly, redshirt freshman Malik Golden was switched sides of the ball, going from wide receiver to defensive back. While he was recruited as a wideout, scouts said that Golden could play on either side of the ball once he got to college. Finally, Nate Cadogan was moved from the offensive line to the defensive line.

Additionally, although he wasn't officially listed at a position until yesterday, Richy Anderson has made the "switch" from running back, which he played in high school to wide receiver with the Nittany Lions. Many thought he would continue the family tradition of Andersons in the Penn State backfield, but his speed and shiftiness also suits him in the slot.

Injury at Linebacker

In a Q&A with ESPN's Big Ten Blog, Coach O'Brien confirmed that LB Ben Kline would be out for the spring after undergoing shoulder surgery. Nyeem Wartman, who made an impact right away last year by blocking a punt in the Ohio game before eventually succumbing to a knee injury, will be the third linebacker with Glenn Carson and Mike Hull in spring practice. The official spring roster lists Wartman with freshman eligibility, meaning that the medical redshirt that was applied for must have gone through.

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