Last week we examined which positions are worrisome for the Lions as spring practice wraps up. This week, I’m curious which position worries you the least?
There are a few positions that I feel up-and-down good about right now, where I think the team could afford some personnel attrition and still be good in 2021.
First up is running back. Noah Cain is still working his way back from foot injury, and if he does fully recover, then Penn State should have at least four starting-caliber backs. Keyvone Lee, Devyn Ford, and newcomer John Lovett could all carry the rock as the leading back for this team without breaking a sweat (figuratively, I imagine running as the #1 back is actually pretty tiresome). That’s not to mention Caziah Holmes, a former four-star RB. The Lions are loaded at the RB position, and provide a really multi-faceted approach at the position.
Second is tight end. Brenton Strange stepped in for Pat Freiermuth in 2020, and basically didn’t lose a step. Former top 100 recruit Theo Johnson will provide a second top-caliber TE, and that’s not to mention one of the pleasant surprises of spring practice, which is Tyler Warren. Warren was a 3-star recruit, but has thus far outperformed his recruiting rankings, giving a three-headed monster at the tight end position for Penn State.
Last, but definitely not least, is cornerback. Even with the departure of Joseph Johnson, Penn State is STACKED at cornerback. Tariq Castro-Fields, Joey Porter Jr., Keaton Ellis, and newcomer Johnny Dixon bring perhaps the best 2-deep the Lions have had in the past decade. And that’s not including Daequan Hardy or true freshman Kalen King, who lit it up at the Blue-White Game last week. Penn State has a truly legitimate 2-deep at all three corner positions, and should contribute to a sound defense in 2021.
What say you? Which position has you the most excited for 2021?