Penn State announce numbers for newly enrolled freshmen, changes for players on roster

Penn State announced a series of roster adjustments Monday evening, but the changes had nothing to do with comings and goings or the transfer portal. Instead, the Nittany Lions unveiled number changes for a couple players on the roster, along with the digits the latest group of freshmen enrollees will wear for at least their first seasons in Happy Valley.

In the process, Penn State cleared up one of the more confusing mysteries of the spring when two quarterbacks wore No. 9, while a running back and a wide receiver were both wearing No. 13.

The latter of those was cleared up when Penn State announced wide receiver KeAndre Lambert-Smith was switching to No. 1 from No. 13, which is also worn by freshman running back Chitron Allen. Lambert-Smith becomes the first offensive player to wear No. 1 for Penn State since wide receiver KJ Hamlerwho wore it from 2017-19.

Over the past two seasons, safety Jaquan Brisker, who was picked by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft last month, was the lone player to wear No. 1 on the Penn State roster.

Here’s a look at Lambert-Smith in his new digit, courtesy of Penn State on Twitter:

Lambert-Smith, who is entering his third year in the program, caught 34 passes for 521 yards (15.3 yards per catch) and three touchdowns last season.

Penn State no longer has two quarterbacks wearing No. 9 after the Nittany Lions announced redshirt freshman Christian Veilleux will wear No. 11. Freshman Beau Pribula, who enrolled early in January, will continue to wear No. 9, which Veilleux wore as a freshman.

Here’s Veilleux in his new digitswhich are more known at Penn State for their presence on the defensive side of the ball:

Veilleux previously wore No. 11 during his prep career at Bullis (Potomac, Md.) School. Veilleux is the first Penn State quarterback to wear No. 11 since Matt McGloin in 2012.

The third number change announced by Penn State belonged to third-year offensive lineman Nick Dawkins. Dawkins wore No. 66 in his first seasons at Penn State, but he’s switching to No. 53:

offensive lineman Rasheed Walker, who was a seventh-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in last month’s draft, previously wore No. 53. Dawkins ‘late father, former NBA player Darryl Dawkins, wore the number with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets during his career.

Nick Dawkins tweeted a photo of Darryl Dawkins wearing a No. 53 Sixers jersey Monday evening.

Penn State also announced new numbers for a couple of the new freshmen, who enrolled this month.

wide receiver Tyler Johnson, a three-star recruit from Magna Vista (Ridgeway, Va.) High, will wear No. 8. The last wide receiver to wear the number was John Dunmore in 2019, and it was most notably worn by Allen Robinson during his career from 2011-13.

cornerback Glass Miller, a four-star recruit from Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) Academy, will wear No. 5, which was worn by cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields for the past five seasons.

barter Alex Bacchetta became the third newly enrolled freshman to announce his new number Monday. Bacchetta, who hails from the Westminster (Atlanta) School, will wear No. 97 with the Nittany Lions:

Rounding out the rest of the newcomers: Cornell transfer Hunter Nourzad, an offensive lineman, will wear No. 64; cornerback christian driver, a four-star recruit from Liberty Christian (Argyle, Texas) School, will wear No. 13; and offensive lineman Drew Shelton, a four-star recruit from Downingtown (Pa.) West High will wear No. 66.

The rest of Penn State’s newcomers will enrollee in a couple weeks.

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