James Franklin knows the 2022 season is set to be a big year for Penn State as he believes the team can have the same productivity at wide receiver as last season. Penn State has to replace the first-team All-B1G wide receiver and the 16th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft in Jahan Dotson.

Penn State will return several playmakers that helped the team finish the 2021 season ranked 26th in the nation, and fourth in the B1G, in passing yards per game (268.5). One of the most experienced returning wide receivers for Penn State is sophomore Parker Washington, who has 100 receptions for 1,309 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career.

Joining Washington, senior quarterback Sean Clifford, and sophomore wide receiver KeAndre Lambert-Smith is Western Kentucky transfer Mitchell Tinsley.


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Last season, Tinsley recorded 87 receptions for 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns. In his two seasons at Western Kentucky, Tinsley caught 130 receptions for 1,779 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Replacing a player of Dotson’s caliber is never easy, but it looks like the Nittany Lions have reloaded well at the position. We’ll see if Clifford and the offense can capitalize on that depth.