What is the Penn State football team doing in the offseason?


Penn State has resumed winter practices under its newly formed strength and coaching staff, with spring football training scheduled to begin in mid-March.

After their 2-6 win in the 2021 season, which bottomed out at the Outback Bowl, the Lions have plenty to deal with this offseason. They do so with a new performance enhancement manager in Chuck Losey, who was promoted to replace retired Dwight Galt.

Penn State coaches recognized the stars of winter training, highlighting some veterans and newcomers to watch. Here are some of the Lions moving forward this offseason.

First-year Redshirt quarterback Christian Veilleux drew a positive reaction from offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, who also pointed to returning starter Sean Clifford.

At running back, coach Ja’Juan Seider twice pointed to returning starter Keyvone Lee, who was the team‘s top running back last season, averaging 4.91 yards per race.

Receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield noticed Harrison “Trey” Wallace III, who played in three games last season. Penn State is looking for new contributors to this post, and Wallace could be one.

Offensive line coach Phil Trautwein has recognized right tackle Caedan Wallace, who will be Penn State’s veteran line in 2022.

And tight ends coach Ty Howle listed Tyler Warren and Theo Johnson as the best players in the first two practices.

On defense, new coordinator Manny Diaz, who also coaches linebackers, recognized a newcomer in his room. Jonathan Sutherland, a sixth-year senior who played mostly safety for the Lions, caught Diaz’s attention during the first practice. Fellow linebacker Tyler Elsdon stood out in Practice 2.

Defensive line coach John Scott Jr. credited defensive end Zuriah Fisher, who played in eight games and made two tackles in the Outback Bowl. Fisher will be a player to watch on the Lions defensive line next season.

Cornerbacks coach Terry Smith has shed light on Johnny Dixon, who will compete for the starting spot held last season by Tariq Castro-Fields.

And safety coach Anthony Poindexter pointed to sophomore Jaylen Reed, who played a bigger role in Penn State’s secondary during the second half of last season.

In special teams, new coordinator Stacy Collins said punter Barner Amor and kicker Jake Pinegar were the first to stand out. Pinegar is most likely to succeed Jordan Stout as Penn State’s lead kicker.

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