Daniel George is part of a loaded depth chart at wide receiver.
Penn State lost wide receivers DeAndre Thompkins, Juwan Johnson, and Brandon Polk from last season, but that doesn't mean that the depth chart is lacking for the upcoming season. Thanks to some great recruiting by James Franklin over the past few years, the Nittany Lions enter 2019 with as much raw star power as ever at receiver.
One of those star recruits on the depth chart is redshirt freshman Daniel George. George got a chance to get his feet wet last season, appearing in two games. Thanks to the minimal usage, he kept his redshirt status and will have a chance to make a bigger impact in 2019.
While a stat line of two catches doesn't sound like a big deal for a season, George was able to etch his name into the Penn State record books. During a blowout win against Kent State in September, George was on the receiving end of a 95-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Sean Clifford. That play became Penn State's longest pass play in school history.
Throw in a 17-yard catch against Maryland, and he finished with 112 yards and a touchdown for the season.
The George File
- Class: RS Freshman
- Size: 6'2/210
- Pos: WR
- Hometown: Fort Washington, MD
- Composite Rating: ★★★★
- Composite Rank: No. 274 overall, No. 46 WR
The connection with Clifford could prove to be a premonition of things to come. With Clifford leading the way as Penn State's starting quarterback this year, there could be plenty of chances for him to hook up downfield with George.
Standing at six-foot-two and weighing over 200 pounds, George is a physical receiver who can present matchup problems for opposing defensive backs. His ability to run routes and turn on the speed when needed make George an intriguing prospect heading into the new season.
While the starting depth chart isn't officially decided at wide receiver, one can safely assume that KJ Hamler, Justin Shorter, and Jahan Dotson will nab the starting spots. However, after that, look for George to be one of the first wide receivers off the bench.
Of course, his average of 56 yards per reception and a touchdown on half of his touches leaves George with some high expectations to live up to.