STATE COLLEGE — Connor McGovern is on the move again.
The junior from Lake-Lehman said during Penn State’s media day at Beaver Stadium on Saturday that he has been moved from center back to right guard. If he sticks there, it will be the third different position he has played in a game since joining the program in 2016.
Sophomore Michal Menet, once the top-rated recruit in Pennsylvania who has battled injuries throughout his first two seasons with Penn State, will get a long look at center, offensive line coach Matt Limegrover confirmed.
“I really didn’t think much about it,” McGovern said. “They just told me I was playing guard, and I thought back to my freshman year. I realized I was very comfortable with this change.”
McGovern started nine games at left guard during the 2016 campaign, then started all 13 last season at center. The Nittany Lions have won 20 of the 24 games, won a Big Ten championship and gone to two New Year’s Six bowls since the 6-foot-5, 326-pounder took over. But with the influx of depth and experience along the offensive line this season, the coaching staff had a chance to evaluate who fit best where.
For Limegrover, this particular switch has made sense for a while.
“I’ve been doing this for a while now; it’s maybe my 27th year of coaching,” Limegrover said. “When I looked at Mike, I just thought this guy looks like a big-time, All-conference type of center, the way he was built. And Connor, if you look at him, he’s got a longer torso. He looks like a guard.
“I just want to see how this goes. It will be one of the most seamless things, if I don’t like how it’s going. Because, I know what I’ve got in Connor as a center, and I know what I’ve got in Connor as a guard. But I love what we have in Connor as a guard.”
It will mark the fourth time McGovern has entered a camp working at a new position. He enrolled in January of 2016 and spent that spring at tackle. He played left guard that fall before moving to center this year.