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Penn State’s Week One Depth Chart is Kinda Weird

Submitted by on August 29, 2011No Comment

The highlights, in bullet-form:


  • Stephfon Green, who was dismissed then reinstated to the team by Joe Paterno, is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s Brandon Beachum and Curtis Dukes backing up starter Silas Redd at running back.
  • Shawney Kersey, not Devon Smith, Curtis Drake, or Bill Belton, is listed as the third receiver. Smith is listed behind Justin Brown, and the latter two aren’t on the depth chart at all, in fact. Former walk-on Ryan Scherer is slotted behind Kersey.
  • DeOn’tae Pannell, Matt Stankewitch, and John Urschel will start at left guard, center, and right guard, respectively, bookended between the already known tackles, Quinn Barham and Chima Okoli. That means the offensive line will feature four seniors.
  • Eric Shrive is the third team left guard, Johnnie Troutman the backup to Urschel. (Remember when people bitched about Urschel being a late offer, and went gaga over Shrive? Stars aren’t everything?)
  • Predictably enough, the starter at QB isn’t yet named. Listed at that position is “Rob Bolden OR Matt McGloin.”
  • The only other OR comes at fullback, where Joe Suhey shares first-line duty with Mike Zordich. And behind them is listed Zach Zwinak.
  • Andrew Szczerba is your starting tight end, ahead of Kevin Haplea, who swapped in his #82 for Andrew Quarless’ old #80. The depth behind them is non-existent, though, as Nate Cadogan shifted back to tackle–it’s walk-ons Brian Irvin and J.D. Mason.
  • Predictably enough, the starting defensive line will feature Eric Latimore and Jack Crawford on the ends, with Jordan Hill and Devon Still inside. Of course, given Larry Johnson’s tendencies, that’s mostly meaningless.
  • Anthony Alosi, listed as a third-string defensive tackle, is the only true freshman on the depth chart. Redshirt freshman Kyle Baublitz is a second-team defensive end.
  • Despite rumors of a lingering knee injury, Glenn Carson is your starting middle linebacker, flanked by Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges.
  • The second unit at the position is Mike Hull (#43), Khairi Fortt, and Nate Stupar. Fortt at middle linebacker is intriguing, he’d always seemed like more of an OLB.
  • Chaz Powell is going to be starting opposite D’Anton Lynn, with Stephon Morris your likely nickel. Derrick Thomas is buried behind Mike Wallace on Lynn’s side of the depth chart, but at least he’s made it back on the depth chart. No Adrian Amos.
  • Drew Astorino has held on to his starting spot at hero–Malcolm Willis, somewhat disappointing, is listed behind Nick Sukay at free safety. Astorino’s backup, Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, will don number 7 this year.
Special Teams:
  • Looks like Anthony Fera is back in the doghouse after another alcohol-related incident. Alex Butterworth is the first team punter, and Evan Lewis, who at last glimpse was a walk-on wide receiver, is the first-team kicker.
  • That means a potential redshirt for Sam Ficken, though for all we know he could be the guy booting the opening kickoff on Saturday.
  • Chaz Powell and Devon Smith are listed as the kick returners, so no Stephfon Green or Alex Kenney at those positions. At least not yet.
  • Justin Brown and Smith are your punt returners, though I’m sure we’ll see plenty of Astorino there, too.
Check out the full three-deep here and make your own observations in the comments.
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