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Penn State freshman linebacker Micah Parsons and his teammates opened spring practice on Monday.

Penn State football begins spring practice; multiple Nittany Lions running backs may replace Saquon Barkley

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Kicking off

Penn State coach James Franklin met with the media on Monday to open up spring football practice, and he tried to provide plenty of answers.

One of the biggest questions is: Who will ultimately replace Saquon Barkley in the backfield? The Allentown Morning Call’s Mark Wogenrich writes that it may very well be running back by committee when the season starts.

In need of someone

The linebackers have received a lot of attention during the offseason, mainly because of players graduating or leaving the program in addition to who is arriving.

Micah Parsons fills a need, but how much will the freshman phenom be depended upon from the start? Lions 247’s Andrew Callahan writes that the position that has the biggest need isn’t linebacker, it’s defensive line.

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Franklin’s wish list

Yeah, but linebacker is also a critical spot, and Franklin does have Parsons getting ready to take on a leadership role with this young, but potentially very talented group of Nittany Lions.

The York Daily Record’s Frank Bodani says that Franklin’s wish list starts with Parsons and what he will do for this team in 2018.

Opportunity at hand

Brandon Polk knows someone among Penn State’s wide receivers still needs to step up this season. That starts with spring football.

Polk is one of a handful of receivers that quarterback Trace McSorley will look to step up and help ease the loss of DaeSean Hamilton and tight end Mike Gesicki. Andrew Rubin of the Daily Collegian writes that Polk has a tremendous opportunity in front of him.

Here and gone

Several players were not part of the first day of spring practice. Penn State will conduct 15 practice sessions in all, concluding with the Blue-White spring game.

Notably absent from the first practice session was backup quarterback Tommy Stevens. The Centre Daily Times’ John McGonigal writes that Franklin wasn’t asked about where Stevens was during his press conference.

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