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Penn State Football All 105: Freshman Anthony Ivey Capable of Big Things on Offense, Special Teams

Photo courtesy of Anthony Ivey’s Twitter account: Anthony Ivey

All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. Here is a profile of freshman receiver Anthony Ivey.

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 180 pounds

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Before Penn State: Ivey comes to Penn State after four seasons, four all-state honors and three district championships at Manheim Township High School.

As a senior, Ivey caught 49 passes for 654 yards and scored nine total touchdowns, accounting for 875 all-purpose yards. He also eclipsed 500 yards receiving in his sophomore and junior seasons. 

Ivey made a big impact on special teams at Manheim Central, setting the school record for most kickoff return yards. 

His performance in 2021 allowed him to compete in the Polynesian Bowl. 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals all listed Ivey as a four-star recruit, and he committed to Penn State in October of 2020, choosing Penn State over Auburn, Michigan State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Where he stands: With Ivey being a true freshman and Penn State having a deep receving corps that includes fellow blue-chipper Kaden Saunders, it seems likely that Ivey will either redshirt or be used primiarly on special teams.  

Penn State will be looking for help in the return game, with kick returner John Lovett and punt returner Jahan Dotson both gone, and guys like Ivey, Saunders and fellow freshman Tyler Johnson could help in that department. 

A quote about Ivey: 

“Anthony has all the talent in the world,” Manheim Township coach Mark Evans told Blue-White Illistrauted earlier this summer. “I felt from the very beginning, even before he played for our varsity squad, that he had the potential to play at the highest level.

“He has some of those things that you just can’t coach. You either have the size and the speed to make things happen or you don’t. I would also say that, at his position, you have to have those ball awareness skills, that depth perception, that no one can really coach. He’s got all of that.”

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