Week Six Depth Chart: Freiermuth Starting, Simmons Returns

By Matthew Filipovits on October 8, 2018 at 6:47 pm
Sep 29, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Juwan Johnson (84) celebrates with tight end Pat Freiermuth (87) after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State defeated Penn State 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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Penn State has released its depth chart of Saturday's Homecoming game against Michigan State. 

Offense

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

Defense

Pos. First Team Second Team Reserves
DE Shareef Miller Shaka Toney Daniel Joseph
3-DT Kevin Givens Ellison Jordan PJ Mustipher
1-DT Robert Windsor Fred Hansard CJ Thorpe
DE Yetur Gross-Matos Shane Simmons 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 OR Tariq Castro-Fields Zach McPhearson
S Nick Scott Ayron Monroe OR 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

Notes

  • Freiermuth is officially listed as the starter. The freshman played the majority of the snaps against Ohio State. Nick Bowers appears to have taken over as his primary backup, playing 20 snaps while Holland and Dalton did not play. 
  • Shane Simmons appears on the depth chart for the first time this season. The sophomore has not yet played in a game this season due to injury.
  • Antonio Shelton does not appear on the depth chart at defensive tackle. The sophomore was ejected for targetting against Ohio State. Fred Hansard will bounce over from the 3-T to take his spot.
  • Ellison Jordan is listed as the second string 3-T tackle. Jordan missed last week's game with an injury. It's unknown if he will play on Saturday.
  • The starter at corner opposite Amani Oruwariye is listed as John Reid OR Tariq Castro-Fields. 
  • Donovan Johnson appears as the backup to Oruwariye. The freshman has not played since going down with an injury at Illinois.
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