Posted April 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
For a team that's being forced to whittle down scholarship depth, Penn State sure is developing a lot of options. A youth movement on display at the Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage over the weekend was the first sign of potential contributors come fall. Redshirt freshman Austin Johnson, vying to replace standout tackle Jordan Hill, had two sacks in the spring game. Another redshirt, tight end Brent Wilkerson, caught a touchdown and sought to prove he was ready to join a position that already had depth. A third redshirt freshman, Akeel Lynch, ran for 87 yards and showed he could be another backfield contributor for coach Bill O'Brien. Now, it's just a spring practice game with a scaled-down playbook and hitting. But even without a defined starting quarterback, the Nittany Lions appear to be in much better shape than O'Brien's first spring a year ago, with players gaining from a year of experience in the ways and systems of the coaching staff. ''If they...
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