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Looking forward: Wide receivers

With the 2012 season in the books, Lions247 will take a look at each of Penn State's position groupings, breaking down both how the Nittany Lions fared at that position this past season and what the future holds. We begin with the wide receivers.

Allen Robinson should once again lead the Penn State wide receivers in 2013.

2012 roundup: Penn State enjoyed one of its most productive seasons in years at the position. Led by playmaking sophomore Allen Robinson, who was the Big Ten's most productive receiver, Nittany Lion wide receivers compiled 143 catches, 1,782 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Nittany Lions adapted fairly quickly to Bill O'Brien's new offense and were consistently able to beat defenses over the top or gash them with underneath routes. First-year position coach Stan Hixon helped players polish their route-running and beat defenders at the line of scrimmage and the rapport the receivers developed with quarterback Matt McGloin in the offseason went a long way.

Departures: Evan Lewis, Christian Kuntz

Lewis, who decided to return for a fifth year, was solid as a punt returner but did not record a catch and was rarely used in offensive packages after a couple of early-season drops. Kuntz decided to bypass his final year of eligibility after appearing in just seven games. He didn't have a catch, either.

Returnees: Allen Robinson (77 catches, 1,013 yards, 11 touchdowns), Brandon Moseby-Felder (31-437-1), Trevor Williams (10-97), Alex Kenney (17-172), Matt Zanellato (2-19), Eugene Lewis*, Malik Golden*, Jonathan Warner*, Tyler Lucas

*-redshirted

Newcomers (projected): Richy Anderson

The 2013 commit could play as a slot receiver or a running back, depending upon what the personnel groupings are when he arrives and what the coaches feel is his best role on the team.

Skinny: Robinson will have a monster target on his back and will have to get used to a new quarterback, but he is one of the team's hardest workers and has his sights set on an even bigger year in 2013. Moseby-Felder, who had a strong second half of the season, should see many of the reps opposite him, though expect him to receive a hard push from Lewis, who impressed coaches and teammates with his athleticism on the scout team this fall. The battle between Williams and Kenney in the slot should be an intriguing one, and Zanellato earned some late-season playing time, and a few targets, with a strong effort in practice. The wideouts will continue to cede catches and reps to Penn State's deep and talented corps of tight ends but were a big plus for Penn State this season and, provided the quarterback situation is solid, should be again in 2013.

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