Offseason Report Part 2: Looking at Penn State's linebackers, receivers and defensive backs

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Penn State’s training camp will be here before you know it and now’s the time to get up to speed on the personnel the Nittany Lions will have at their disposal to start the season.

Penn State’s training camp will be here before you know it and now’s the time to get up to speed on the personnel the Nittany Lions will have at their disposal to start the season.

Our previous offseason report looked at the quarterbacks, offensive and defensive lines and now we move on with our second installment.

It won’t be easy to replace a stalwart like Mike Hull, but defensive coordinator Bob Shoop has plenty of options at linebacker. Penn State’s most famous position group includes Nyeem Wartman-White – one of the hardest hitters in the Big Ten – who will step into the middle linebacker role once occupied by Hull.

Brandon Bell and Jason Cabinda add athleticism to the linebacker corps.

On the other side of the ball, Penn State seemingly has more receivers than it will have balls to go around. DaeSean Hamilton and Geno Lewis are back after teaming up to form a solid 1-2 punch last season and the Nittany Lions have a handful of youngsters looking to get involved in the offense.

Those receivers will have to battle a deep defensive backfield throughout camp.

Although Penn State lost three senior safeties, a bunch of newbies got a lot of playing time last season. What will sophomores Grant Haley, Christian Campbell and Marcus Allen contribute in Year 2? The ceiling for this group appears very high.