Penn State Football: Receiver Depth Will Ease Transition of New Quarterback

Barry LeonardAnalyst IIIMarch 17, 2013

October 6, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Allen Robinson (8) runs with the ball during the game against the Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
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Without a doubt, the biggest storyline to watch at Penn State during spring practice is who's going to play quarterback. Regardless of who wins the job, they will have the luxury of throwing to many talented, experienced targets.

The Nittany Lions are very deep at both tight end and wide receiver. Nine returning players caught passes last season.

Leading the pack is Allen Robinson, the Big Ten's best receiver in 2012. He finished the year with 1,013 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is a legitimate downfield threat who has blossomed into a reliable target with big-play ability. There's no doubt that Robinson will be targeted often by the new man under center for the Nittany Lions.

Along with Robinson, there are several other talented receivers who will help make the transition for a new quarterback easier.

Brandon Moseby-Felder started nine games in 2012, catching 31 passes for 437 yards and one touchdown. He improved as the season went on and will look to increase his production as a senior.

Alex Kenney, Trevor Williams and Matt Zanellato round out the returning players from last year. While none found the end zone, they proved to be capable receivers and will bring added depth and experience to the Nittany Lions this season.

As if Penn State isn't already loaded at wide receiver, newcomer Eugene Lewis figures to contribute to the offense. He was given a redshirt a year ago and is now familiar with head coach Bill O'Brien's system.

Lewis was a top recruit in 2012 and has the potential to turn into a star receiver down the road.

Fortunately for the new Penn State signal-caller, the experience and talent doesn't stop at the wide receiver position. All four tight ends will be returning from last season. Under O'Brien, the tight end has become a useful tool at Penn State.

Kyle Carter led all Big Ten tight ends with 453 yards receiving. He had a breakout year and will look to continue that in 2013.

Matt Lehman and Jesse James were third and fourth on the team respectively in receiving yards. James proved to be a talented pass-catcher and finished second on the team with five touchdowns.  

4-star (per ESPN) recruit Adam Breneman is another talented, pass-catching tight end who will eventually be a big weapon in the Penn State attack.

There's no question that the new Penn State quarterback will have a plethora a weapons to help ease the transition. There are sure to be bumps in the road, but having talented and experienced receivers to throw to does wonders for a quarterback's confidence.