UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Week two of Penn State spring practice is nearly complete, with the Nittany Lions steadily approaching the midpoint of the five-week spring season. With each passing practice, continue moving position by position with the Penn State staff for insight on a few Nittany Lion top performers.
In the third release, catch up with Nittany Lion wide receivers coach Josh Gattis for a closer look at Penn State's intriguing group of wide receivers.
With standout Chris Godwin electing for forgo a final season of eligibility with the Nittany Lions to declare for the NFL Draft, Penn State will only reload, equipped with an already exciting group at a wide receiver position that's stacked with potential.
As head coach James Franklin noted during his spring press conference, last year's ideal situation brought exciting depth, with consistency, confidence and anticipation all around from starters through the third team.
With veterans in DaeSean Hamilton, DeAndre Thompkins and Saeed Blacknall returning, Penn State also saw flashes from returners Juwan Johnson and Irvin Charles. Both Johnson and Charles played in all 14 games, with Charles' game changing 80-yard touchdown grab in the third quarter of the thrilling overtime win against Minnesota.
"We're practicing like a different team right now, just to be able to carry the confidence from last year over to this year, guys are playing faster," Gattis said. "It's year two in our offensive system, it's year two in our defensive system under Coach Pry and guys are playing with so much more confidence, we look like a really, really competitive team, our depth across the board is even."
Gattis also noted that Johnson has the potential to be making some key plays for the Nittany Lions come September, making him the top performer pick."We've had a great start to spring practice, the guys are developing, but specifically I think Juwan Johnson is having an unbelievable spring camp," Gattis said. "He has really improved a lot, and when you talk about most improved players on the team, he's one of those guys who comes to mind."