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Ready replacements step up after PSU departures

Penn State running back Bill Belton (1) is tackled by Ohio defensive lineman Tremayne Scott (90) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Belton was injured on the play and
Penn State running back Bill Belton (1) is tackled by Ohio defensive lineman Tremayne Scott (90) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Belton was injured on the play and left the game. Ohio won 24-14.
Gene J. Puskar, Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The upside for Penn State from its sudden offseason departures is the opportunity it created for players who stuck around.

Sophomore Allen Robinson is off to a nice start as the featured receiver after senior Justin Brown transferred to Oklahoma.

Bill Belton, another sophomore, impressed new coach Bill O'Brien so much in training camp that the converted wideout won the tailback job following Silas Redd's transfer to Southern California.

Belton is day-to-day with a left ankle injury, but if he can't start Saturday against Virginia (1-0) for Penn State (0-1), Derek Day, another super sub, may get the call. Day, a Pennsylvania native, is a former walk-on who has impressed teammates with his hard work and dedication.

Day might be the perfect example of the type of player Penn State needs following NCAA scholarship restrictions: A relentless replacement, ready to go.