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Penn State All 105: WR Anthony Ivey Looking to be Poison to Opposing Defenses

Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Anthony Ivey (12) November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

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

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 182 pounds

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Before Penn State: Ivey came 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. That year, he accounted 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 Township. He set 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.

2022: Ivey redshirted his freshman season.

Where he stands: Penn State’s receivers room has a different look coming into the 2023 season.

Parker Washington and Mitchell Tinsley are gone, and aside from projected WR1 KeAndre Lambert-Smith, who’s entering his fourth season with the program, nobody whose expected to get playing time at receiver for Penn State played on last year’s team.

Dante Cephas (Kent State transfer) and Malik McClain (Florida State) both have solid chances to start, so despite his experience, getting playing time won’t be easy for Saunders. With that said, Ivey has an extra year under his belt and could be set to play a role whether he’s starting or not.

A quote by Ivey: “The first year was great. I’m putting the trust into the coaches, into the staff, trusting that they’ll develop me in all the right ways.” — Ivey at Penn State’s second-year player media availability this past February.

A quote about Ivey: “He’s made a bunch of big plays. He has earned out coaches’ respect. I know he’s earned the defense’s respect being over there on the D squad. I think he has a bright future.” — James Franklin on Ivey last season.

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