Penn State Announces First Depth Chart of the 2016 Season

By Dan Smith on August 30, 2016 at 7:42 am
PSU RB Saquon Barkley
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Penn State released its first 2016 depth chart of the season Tuesday morning. It largely reflects what we had been hearing out of training camp, but there is still plenty take take away from what we can see on it.

The biggest position of intrigue would have been the quarterback position had head coach James Franklin not announced Trace McSorley as the starter last week. Still, there are a number of other interesting position battles on both lines, on special teams, and at key depth positions.

Some highlights:

  • Kevin Givens getting the start at defensive tackle after a great off season and fall camp.
  • True freshman Connor McGovern and Michal Menet both make the depth chart as backups on the offensive line. Classmate Will Fries shows up as third string.
  • Saquon Barkley could very well be returning kickoffs.
  • True freshman punter Blake Gillikin has won the starting job.
  • Andre Robinson beat out Mark Allen for the backup running back position.
  • The linebacker depth is what we thought. Terrifying.

Offense

Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team/Reserves
QB Trace McSorley Tommy Stevens Jake Zembiec
RB Saquon Barkley Andre Robinson Mark Allen, Miles Sanders
WR-X Chris Godwin Juwan Johnson Gordon Bentley
WR-Z Saeel Blacknall DeAndre Thompkins OR Irvin Charles  
WR-H DaeSean Hamilton DeAndre Thompkins OR Brandon Polk Gregg Garrity
TE Mike Gesicki Tom Pancoast Jonathan Holland
LT Brendan Mahon Paris Palmer Will Fries
LG Ryan Bates Michal Menet  
C Brian Gaia Wendy Laurent Zach Simpson
RG Derek Dowrey Connor McGovern  
RT Andrew Nelson Chasz Wright  

Defense

Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team/Reserves
DE Garrett Sickels Ryan Buchholz Colin Costagna
DT Kevin Givens Antoine White Tyrell Chavis
DT Parker Cothren Robert Windsor Ryan Monk
DE Evan Schwan Torrence Brown Shareef Miller
OLB (WILL) Nyeem Wartman-White Brandon Bell Jake Cooper, Johnathan Thomas
MLB Jason Cabinda Nyeem Wartman-White Brandon Smith
OLB (SAM) Brandon Bell Manny Bowen Von Walker
CB John Reid Christian Campbell Garrett Taylor
FS Marcus Allen Troy Apke  
SS Malik Golden Koa Farmer Nick Scott
CB Grant Haley Amani Oruwariye Jordan Smith

Special Teams

Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team/Reserves
K Tyler Davis Joey Julius Alex Barbir
P Blake Gillikin Daniel Pasquariello Chris Gulla
LS Tyler Yazujian Zach Ladonis Kyle Vasey
H Chris Gulla Billy Fessler Blake Gillikin
KR Nick Scott Saquon Barkley Brandon Polk/Miles Sanders
PR Gregg Garrity DeAndre Thompkins Mark Allen

Penn State takes on Kent State at Beaver Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

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