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Penn St. Football: 3 Players in Danger of Losing Their Starting Spot This Spring

Colin TansitsContributor IApril 7, 2013

Penn St. Football: 3 Players in Danger of Losing Their Starting Spot This Spring

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    With all of the focus on the linebacker and quarterback position battles at Penn State, other spots are receiving less fanfare.

    The fact of the matter is every position is potentially up for grabs, especially during spring practice.

    Although the decision on who will lead the Nittany Lion offense this fall is a pressing issue, there will be other positions where fans will see new faces.

    As young players continue to grow in head coach Bill O’Brien’s system, they will be getting chances to make an impact.

    Here are three players who are in danger of losing their starting position.

Brandon Moseby-Felder

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    Receiver Brandon Moseby-Felder is in a tough spot this spring.

    He has been a part of Penn State’s offense since before O’Brien was hired. But behind him is a slew of talent, including Eugene Lewis, a top recruit for Penn State in its class of 2012 who redshirted last year.

    Along with Lewis, don’t be surprised if Bill Belton plays a mixture of running back and slot receiver.

    Last year, Moseby-Felder was Penn State’s third-leading receiver with 437 yards and one touchdown.

    Wide receiver is a deep position in Happy Valley, though, and Moseby-Felder might be the odd man out.

Matt Lehman

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    Much like in the previous slide, if Matt Lehman loses his spot, it’s simply because of a talented group of tight ends behind him on the depth chart.

    With Kyle Carter coming back after being the team's second- leading receiver while playing in only nine games last season and top recruit Adam Breneman in camp for the spring, Lehman could be demoted.

    Both Carter and Breneman are more physically gifted than Lehman in downfield receiving.

    But at 6’6”, Lehman is a big target and has proven to be more than capable at blocking and receiving.

    I would be surprised if Lehman, who is a senior, lost his spot, but the talent behind him puts him on the hot seat.

Zach Zwinak

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    It’s shocking to think that after rushing for 1,000 yards in 2012, Zach Zwinak should be conscious of the players behind him. But that is just the reality of the situation at running back for Penn State.

    Zwinak is not your typical back with electric speed or moves. He is more of a powerful north-south runner.

    Bill Belton and Akeel Lynch provide a little bit more of a spark and home run threat for the offense.

    Running back is a physically draining position, so O’Brien will most likely be using a rotation of these three backs in his offense.

    Don’t be surprised though if Zwinak isn’t officially the starting running back, even if he gets a lot of snaps.

    Zwinak is a consistently hard runner, but Belton and Lynch supply excitement and a little more flexibility in the offense.

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