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James Franklin calls on KeAndre Lambert-Smith to be ‘the guy’ in the Big Ten

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James Franklin calls on KeAndre Lambert-Smith to be ‘the guy’ in the Big Ten

James Franklin wants KeAndre Lambert-Smith to be “the guy” for Penn State in the Big Ten. As a potential big play wide receiver, the opportunity is there.  

He could be the next explosive Penn State wide receiver and the Nittany Lions certainly need another weapon for potential starting quarterback Drew Allar. If Penn State is to challenge Michigan and Ohio State within its own division, guys like Lambert-Smith must be at the forefront.

Throughout the spring sessions, Franklin was very complimentary of Lambert-Smith.

“He’s been really good so far this spring,” Franklin said earlier during spring practice. “We need him to be the guy like a true number one, not just at Penn State but really in the conference and the guy that people are talking about nationally … We got to figure out who that third guy is going to be. There’s gonna be a competition really with all of those guys, but I think that’s probably one of the big question marks between now and the first game is who is going to be that third guy that’s going to separate us?

“There’s a number of guys that I think are battling for it. But, who’s going to separate themselves from the pack and be a true number three, or are we going to rotate that position all year long? We’ll see.”

In three years at Penn State, Lambert-Smith had up and down numbers. Last season, he had 24 catches for 389 yards, four touchdowns and 16.2 yards per catch.

Over the course of his career, Lambert-Smith has 73 catches, 1,048 yards, seven touchdowns and 14.4 yards per catch.

He recently spoke about the need to breakout in his fourth year.

“I haven’t done exactly what I wanted to in my career. And, I’ve been waiting for opportunities like this,” Lambert-Smitih said, via BlueWhiteIllustrated. “So for an opportunity to present it stuff like this; I’m supposed to be a top guy in the country. I’m going to be a top guy in the country, and I’m going to take full advantage of it.”

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As a member of the Class of 2020, Lambert-Smith was a four-star recruit out of Norfolk (Va.) Maury, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He was the No. 4 overall prospect in the state, the No. 35 wide receiver in the class and the No. 192 overall prospect in the class.

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