Youth Movement Started at PSU

By Jacob Kaucher

Published 08/30 2014 11:48PM

Updated 08/30 2014 11:51PM

It was a day where youth has been served for Penn State.

The Nittany Lions have the second youngest roster in the entire nation.

But against UCF, some of those fresh faces came through in a big way.

“I think the guys really stepped up and understood what they had to do. And they made plays,” quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

 Wide outs Geno Lewis and DaeSean Hamilton did things in a big way.

Lewis, a redshirt sophomore, led the team with 173 yards and a touchdown.

His eight catches were almost half of what he grabbed in all of 2013.

Redshirt freshman Hamilton had a game high eleven hauls for 165 yards.

It's the first time in Penn State history two receivers eclipsed the 150 yard mark.

“ I didn't come here expecting to catch eleven balls. But I'm glad I made all the catches I possibly could and I'm just ready for more,” Hamilton said.

 “ We just all want to complement each other. We just go out there and do everything we can to help our team be positive and successful,” Lewis added.

As for that inexperienced offensive line- the unit struggled to get the ground game going.

Penn State running backs averaged less than two and a half yards per carry.

Pass protection was better-The big fellas only gave up  two sacks.

The mindset moving forward is clear: “Proving to people that we're a Big Ten offensive line. We're Penn State. And we're going to get after people,” says Angelo Mangrino.

The Nittany Lions took a direct flight back to Pennsylvania.

They landed in Pennsylvania late Saturday and get right back to work with a practice on Sunday.

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