2. Dante Cephas, Wide Receiver:
Penn State football came into this off-season, ensuring new starting quarterback Drew Allar would have as many experienced weapons as possible.
Parker Washington and Mitchell Tinsley are gone, and Penn State football went to the transfer portal. Kent State wide receiver is one of the better pass catchers in the doorway, and the Nittany Lions got him.
Cephas finished second on the team in receptions and yards in 2022. The senior redshirt had his breakout season in 2021 when he had 82 receptions, 1240 yards, and nine touchdown catches for the Golden Flashes. With last season’s leading receivers gone, Cephas can step in as a plug-and-play starter.
Cephas is an explosive receiver who can play flanker, split, or in the slot. Penn State will need Keandre Lambert-Smith and Harrison Wallace to step up, but they should see single coverage with Cephas drawing attention.
Penn State needed a proven pass catcher who can take the top off a defense, and Cephas fits the bill. He will allow Allar to show off that elite arm strength down the field. Expect Cephas to be an instant difference-maker in Happy Valley.