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Penn State’s McGovern at ease lining up at center

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Offensive lineman Connor McGovern - AUDREY SNYDER / DKPS

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Offensive lineman Connor McGovern returned from the Rose Bowl and within days walked up to offensive line coach Matt Limegrover's office where his position coach asked if he'd be okay moving back to center.

McGovern, a sophomore who became a starter at right guard last season, happily obliged and this spring the Lions have him working exclusively at center, the position he played at a high schooler at Lake-Lehman. While this meant taking extra reps this winter and spring to get comfortable with quarterback Trace McSorley, there are a few notable differences for McGovern at his new spot.

For starters, his high school didn't operate out of the shotgun, which is what Joe Moorhead's offense operates exclusively out of. This meant 1,000 extra shotgun snaps in the offseason between center and quarterback so during the first of 15 spring practices McGovern said he felt comfortable. Also, as the one responsible for aligning the protections and making sure the Lions are in the right look, the sophomore had to become more vocal, a role he said he wasn't quite ready for last season after being on campus for just a few months.