UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Another week of spring ball has arrived and the Nittany Lions are still hard at work prepping for Blue-White weekend in Happy Valley.
As offensive line coach Matt Limegrover noted in his top performers session, spring ball often presents new opportunities for new guys to step up.
"Putting that together with a couple of the injuries that we've had, a lot of the young guys are able to get a lot of reps," Limegrover said.
It's no surprise that Limegrover noted that Connor McGovern is among his top performer selections. Since head coach James Franklin announced that McGovern would make the move from guard to center taking over for Brian Gaia, fellow offensive lineman Ryan Bates said earlier last week that McGovern was settling into his new role well, while also continuing to develop as a leader.
Limegrover's picks also include Bates, as well as Will Fries and Sterling Jenkins, both who have stepped forward this spring.
Bates made the move from left guard to left tackle last year, starting in all 14 games, earning Freshman All-America honors via USA Today and the Football Writers Association of America.
"Having to move him [Bates] to tackle late in the season, he's starting to feel more and more comfortable, you can see at every practice he's really raising his level of play," Limegrover said.
Fries redshirted last season, while Jenkins played in 11 games after a redshirt season in 2015.
Limegrover also noted that perhaps the surprise of his group is mid-year enrollee Mike Miranda, who has wasted no time making an impact in just a short amount of time on campus.
"You know three months ago he was still in high school and he's out here competing against our starting d-line and really holding his own, doing a nice job, and I'm really proud of him," Limegrover said.
Much like McGovern, both Franklin and Bates had high praise for one of the newest Nittany Lions.
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