Position breakdown: Wide receiver

August, 23, 2012
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Each day, for the next week, NittanyNation will take a look at a different position and break it down. Today it's wide receivers.

This group might be the biggest question mark on the team. The transfer of Justin Brown (Oklahoma) leaves Penn State with a plethora of young talent but a shortage of experience.

Shawney Kersey leads all returners with five receptions from last season, the same number as returning fullback Michael Zordich. Kersey will have to step up, while fans will have to cross their fingers and hope Alex Kenney or Evan Lewis can replace Brown as Penn State's downfield threat.

Allen Robinson will slide into a starting outside role, and Bill O'Brien has said he's been impressive.

Those four wideouts will all see significant time this season, and true freshman Eugene Lewis could factor in down the line.

Positives
• Starters' hands last year were inconsistent; no place to really go but up.
• Great depth; six or seven could challenge for playing time.
• WR coach Stan Hixon has developed NFL wideouts such as Stevie Johnson, Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle-El.

Negatives
• Extremely limited experience.
• No go-to target with Justin Brown's transfer.
• Lots of new formations, plays could confuse early on.

Josh Moyer | email

Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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