Penn State football: Handful of Nittany Lions swap positions

tjohnson@centredaily.comMarch 16, 2013 

— A new Penn State football season kicks off when spring practice begins on Monday and the Nittany Lions’ roster will have a different look as Penn State enters its second season under Bill O’Brien.

A handful of players have switched positions to shore up depth at certain spots.

In addition to former tight end Garry Giliam, who moved to offensive tackle earlier this winter, Miles Dieffenbach, Malik Golden and Nate Cadogan will all be lining up at new spots this season.

Dieffenbach, who began his career in Happy Valley at center, has moved back to the middle of the offensive line after playing left guard last season. With 11 starts under his belt last season, Dieffenbach brings experience to the center spot vacated by Matt Stankiewitch.

Golden, who has freshman eligibility, is now listed at defensive back after spending his true freshman year as a wide receiver. Penn State returns a handful of talented wideouts who earned copious playing time last season in Allen Robinson, Brandon Moseby-Felder, Trevor Williams and Alex Kenney. Meanwhile, Penn State lost cornerback Stephon Morris and safety Jacob Fagnano, a duo that combined for 24 appearances and 14 starts last season.

It is unclear whether Golden will play corner or safety. The Nittany Lions return senior safeties Malcolm Willis and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong from last year’s squad while junior Adrian Amos and sophopmore Da’Quan Davis return to the cornerback spots. Amos also has experience at the safety position.

Like Golden, Cadogan will also be playing on the other side of the ball, having switched from offensive tackle to defensive tackle. It is not the first time the senior has been asked to play a different role. As a freshman, Cadogan was moved from offensive tackle to tight end and made the same switch the next season.

Meanwhile, Akeel Lynch and Nyeem Wartman will enter this season with freshman eligibility after using redshirt seasons last fall.

Lynch, a running back, did not play last season while Wartman, a linebacker, saw limited snaps in the first two games and was shelved for the rest of the season after suffering an injury against Virginia.

Also on Friday, O’Brien told ESPN.com that sophomore linebacker Ben Kline will miss spring practice after having shoulder surgery.

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