Former Central York High School standout Kyle Baublitz is trying out a new position at Penn State.
The 6-foot, 5-inch, 265-pound redshirt sophomore is moving from defensive end to defensive tackle.
Baublitz said he actually took a few snaps at defensive tackle during Penn State's recent Blue-White Game at the conclusion of spring practice.
"I tried (defensive tackle) a little bit during spring (practice), and when we had the spring game, I played a little defensive tackle and I had a lot of fun. I told (the coaches) 'this is fun' and asked if I could maybe switch positions and they were all for it."
After redshirting in 2010, Baublitz saw limited duty in 2011 at defensive end, finishing with one solo tackle and one quarterback hurry in 13 games played.
The Nittany Lions also found themselves shorthanded at defensive tackle recently when Evan Hailes had to give up football because of a blood-clot disorder. Hailes is expected to remain with the team as a graduate assistant.
Baublitz said he expects to have to gain some weight to play inside, estimating that needed to put on about 10 pounds. He said Penn State's recently revamped weight program, which emphasizes free weights over machines, should aid in his effort to pack on those pounds.
"It's amazing," Baublitz said of the new weight program. "There's lots of energy and it's a lot of fun."
Baublitz also said that "everything is going great" for him under new PSU head coach Bill O'Brien.
Baublitz said he's unsure where he'll fit in on the PSU depth chart at defensive tackle. Senior standout Jordan Hill returns to start at one defensive tackle position. The other position is up for grabs with the departure of All-American Devon Still, who was picked in the second round of the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. The main contenders to fill Still's spot are likely James Terry, DaQuan Jones, Anthony Zettel, Luke Graham and, now, Baublitz.
-- Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com or at 854-1575, ext. 455.