Penn State Releases Depth Chart for Season Opener Against Idaho

By Matthew Filipovits on August 27, 2019 at 12:55 pm
Oct 20, 2018; Bloomington, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Pat Freiermuth (87) celebrates scoring a touchdown with Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) during the second quarter of the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports
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The Nittany Lions have released the first depth chart of the season ahead of this weekend's season opener against Idaho.


Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team
QB Sean Clifford Will Levis Ta'Quon Roberson OR Michael Johnson Jr.
RB Ricky Slade OR Journey Brown OR Noah Cain OR Devyn Ford - -
WR-X Justin Shorter Daniel George Cam Sullivan-Brown
WR-H Jahan Dotson KJ Hamler Dan Chisnea
WR-Z KJ Hamler Mac Hippenhammer Jahan Dotson
TE/H Pat Freiermuth Nick Bowers Zack Kuntz
LT Rasheed Walker Des Holmes Bryce Effner
LG Steven Gonzalez OR Mike Miranda - Bryce Effner
C Michal Menet Mike Miranda Hunter Kelly
RG C.J. Thorpe OR Mike Miranda - Anthony Whigan
RT Will Fries Des Holmes Caedan Wallace


  • Holy running back battle, Batman. James Franklin seems to confirm there will be lots of carries to go around with Slade, Brown, Cain, and Ford all listed as first teamers.
  • Graduate transfer Weston Carr isn't listed in the 3-deep at wide receiver to start the year.
  • Holmes is the primary tackle backup, regardless of side.
  • Miranda is the primary guard backup, regardless of side.


Pos. First Team Second Team Reserves
DE Shaka Toney   Jayson Oweh Adisa Isaac
1-DT Antonio Shelton PJ Mustipher Judge Culpepper
3-DT Robert Windsor Damion Barber Fred Hansard
DE Yetur Gross-Matos Shane Simmons Daniel Joseph
SLB Jesse Luketa Micah Parsons Brandon Smith
MLB Jan Johnson Ellis Brooks Jesse Luketa
WLB Micah Parsons Charlie Katshir Lance Dixon/Cam Brown*
CB John Reid Keaton Ellis Joey Porter Jr.
S Lamont Wade Jaquan Brisker Drew Hartlaub
S Garrett Taylor Jonathan Sutherland Tyler Rudolph
CB Tariq Castro-Fields Trent Gordon DJ Brown
STAR John Reid Lamont Wade Keaton Ellis


  • Toney has secured a starting spot, beating out Simmons to start the year.
  • Barber's ascension to the second team indicates he's going to play a ton this year.
  • Cam Brown is suspended for the first half for a targeting foul in the Citrus Bowl, so Luketa gets his first career start.
  • Cornerback Donovan Johnson doesn't appear on the depth chart, possibly due to injury. True freshman Keaton Ellis benefits with second-team time.

Special teams

Pos. First Team Second Team Reserves
K (FG) Jake Pinegar Jordan Stout Rafael Checa
KOS Jordan Stout Jake Pinegar Rafael Checa
P Blake Gillikin Jordan Stout Bradley King
H Blake Gillikin Michael Shuster Bradley King
LS Chris Stoll Joe Calcagno Austin Sullivan
KR KJ Hamler Journey Brown Ricky Slade
PR KJ Hamler Jahan Dotson John Reid


  • Pinegar appears to have won the camp field goal kicking competition. Stout will handle kickoffs. It will be interesting to see if that battle continues into the season at all.
  • Sigh. No Parsons listed as a returner.
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