Although there is no spring ball, Penn State has released its spring roster update giving us our first look at the 2020 Nittany Lions. Let's take a look at some of the notable changes coming this upcoming season.
Early Enrollee numbers
- RB Caziah Holmes - No. 26
- WR KeAndre Lambert-Smith - No. 13
- WR Jaden Dottin - No. 19
- TE Theo Johnson - No. 84
- OT Nick Dawkins - No. 66
- DT Fatorma Mulbah - No. 54
- DT Cole Brevard - No. 95
- DE Bryce Mostella - No. 33
- LB Tyler Elsdon - No. 43
- CB Joseph Johnson - No. 17
- S Enzo Jennings - No. 15
Caziah Holmes will take over Saquon's No. 26, giving him some pretty big shoes to fill. KeAndre Lambert-Smith gives Penn State two offensive players who will wear No. 13, meaning he and quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. cannot be on the field at the same time. Jaden Dottin going with No. 19 is a good choice, it's been a while since we've seen a receiver don that number.
Bryce Mostella wearing No. 33 as an edge rusher is absolutely hysterical and I hope he dominates. Tyler Elsdon is just a neck roll away from looking like a taller Mike Hull in that No. 43. Joseph Johnson takes Garrett Taylor's old number, while Enzo Jennings brings No. 15 back to the secondary, and hopefully special teams.
Also in this group is walk-on running back (extremely WWE Announcer Voice) Tank Smith, who will wear No. 38.
Other Roster Updates
Redshirt sophomore Trent Gordon will be making the move from corner to safety, following in the footsteps of Garrett Taylor and Lamont Wade. He registered 20 tackles and five pass breakups in 10 games last season. The Texas native should be part of the second unit of safeties.
Also of note, Mac Hippenhammer has left the program and will focus on baseball. Penn State now has just three scholarship receivers who registered a catch last year (excluding Isaac Lutz).
The entire roster can be found here.