Week Three Depth Chart: Polk and Fries Listed As Starters

By Nick Polak on September 10, 2018 at 5:56 pm
Sep 9, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Brandon Polk (10) catches a pass in front of Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker Oluwaseun Idowu (23) during the third quarter at Beaver Stadium.
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Penn State has officially released its depth chart ahead of their week three contest with Kent State.


Pos. First Team Second Team Reserves
QB Trace McSorley Tommy Stevens Sean Clifford
RB Miles Sanders Mark Allen OR Ricky Slade
WR-X Juwan Johnson Cam Sullivan-Brown Daniel George
WR-H Brandon Polk OR DeAndre Thompkins Isaac Lutz
WR-Z KJ Hamler Mac Hippenhammer Jahan Dotson
TE/H Jonathan Holland  OR Danny Dalton Pat Freiermuth, Nick Bowers
LT Ryan Bates Des Holmes Rasheed Walker
LG Steven Gonzalez Mike Miranda Bryce Effner
C Michal Menet Zach Simpson Juice Scruggs
RG Connor McGovern C.J. Thorpe Charlie Shuman
RT Will Fries Chasz Wright Alex Gellerstedt
LION Tommy Stevens    


Pos. First Team Second Team Reserves
DE Shareef Miller Daniel Joseph Nick Tarburton
3-DT Kevin Givens Fred Hansard Ellison Jordan
1-DT Robert Windsor Antonio Shelton PJ Mustipher
DE Yetur Gross-Matos Shaka Toney Nick Tarburton
SLB Cam Brown Jarvis Miller Dae'lun Darien
MLB Jan Johnson Ellis Brooks Jesse Luketa
WLB Koa Farmer Micah Parsons Jake Cooper
CB John Reid Tariq Castro-Fields Zech McPhearson
S Nick Scott Ayron Monroe Jonathan Sutherland
S Garrett Taylor Lamont Wade Jonathan Sutherland
CB Amani Oruwariye Donovan Johnson Zech McPhearson
STAR John Reid Donovan Johnson Lamont Wade

Special Teams

Pos. First Team Second Team Reserves
K (FG) Jake Pinegar Justin Tobin OR Vlad Hilling
KOS Rafael Checa Jake Pinegar Vlad Hilling
P Blake Gillikin Cade Pollard Vlad Hilling
H Blake Gillikin Michael Shuster Jan Johnson
LS Kyle Vasey Chris Stoll Joe Calcagno
KR KJ Hamler Journey Brown Ricky Slade
PR DeAndre Thompkins KJ Hamler OR John Reid



  • The starter at the H-receiver is now Brandon Polk OR DeAndre Thompkins. Thompkins had been listed as the first-stringer in the two 2018 depth charts released to this point, with Polk as his backup. Thompkins took a punt back to the house against Pitt, but struggled as a receiver, dropping three passes. Polk, on the other hand, hauled in two catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. Both will likely still play plenty against the Golden Flashes, though both are also in line to face some stiff competition for that top spot once five-star true freshman Justin Shorter is healthy.
  • Will Fries is now the sole starter at right tackle. He and Chasz Wright previously shared the top spot. As noted in our snap counts from the Pitt game, Fries was the clear starter against the Panthers, out-snapping Wright 66-2.
  • Despite missing the entirety of the Pitt game, John Reid is still listed as the starter at cornerback opposite Amani Oruwariye. There's still no word as to what held Reid out on Saturday, whether it be injury or fatigue, but the likelihood of getting a firm update on his status on Tuesday during James Franklin's press conference is probably low.
  • Micah Parsons out-snapped Koa Farmer on Saturday, but the true freshman is still listed as the second string WIL linebacker. Parsons may have also picked up an injury on Saturday, the seriousness of which is still unclear.
  • Shane Simmons still isn't appearing at defensive end, nor is the aforementioned Shorter at receiver. Shorter seems to be getting closer and closer to a return, as he was in uniform vs. Pitt, while Simmons's situation is shrouded in a bit more mystery.
  • Though he didn't appear against Pitt, Tommy Stevens is stil llisted as the backup quarterback and starter at the LION position. At the end of Saturday's game when the backups finally entered, it was Sean Clifford who relieved Trace McSorley of his position.