Luketa, Ellis may be on the move

UNIVERSITY PARK — Notes from Penn State’s second and final open practice of the 2021 spring:

n Returning linebacker Jesse Luketa is a candidate for a position change, James Franklin said. Luketa did not play Friday night, and the staff feels he would benefit long-term from experience at defensive end.

n State College’s Keaton Ellis appears to getting some work at safety, perhaps solving the logjam at cornerback, where true freshman Kalin King is joining a crowded position that includes Tariq Castro-Fields, Joey Porter Jr., Daequan Hardy, transfer Johnny Dixon and Marquis Wilson, who is also getting some reps at receiver and was targeted several times Friday. Ellis saw time at corner the last two years but retains sophomore eligibility.

n Keyvone Lee looked like he did last year, when he was Penn State’s top back as a true freshman. Noah Cain, returning from a leg injury, was dressed but didn’t play. Devyn Ford, Tank Smith and Baylor transfer John Lovett, who didn’t play in the first scrimmage, shared most of the carries.

n Hollidaysburg’s Vlad Hilling remains on the squad as a reserve kicker. The redshirt junior with three years of eligibility missed a late extra point Friday night.

n Among the notables who didn’t play were defenders Luketa, Porter and Ji’Ayir Brown, one of the reported spring standouts.

n Jordan Stout kicked a 47-yard field goal.

n Attendance at last Saturday’s first open practice was listed at 7,000-plus, but Friday night – despite ideal weather – drew half that (3,815). Players jogged around the stadium thanking the fans afterward.


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