Penn State Depth Chart: Pitt

By Matthew Filipovits on September 9, 2019 at 7:23 pm
Sep 7, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin reacts to offensive linesmen Mike Miranda (73) during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bulls at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Buffalo 45-13. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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The Nittany Lions have released their third depth chart of the season ahead of this weekend's game against Pitt. After taking some time to figure things out, the Lions' depth chart is starting to settle in.


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 Dan Chisena Weston Carr
WR-Z KJ Hamler Mac Hippenhammer Weston Carr
TE/H Pat Freiermuth Nick Bowers Zack Kuntz, Brenton Strange
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


  • It appears Ricky Slade isn't too deep in the dog house after some fumble issues last week. It will be interesting to see how the running back rotation changes after a lackluster performance against Buffalo.
  • Daniel George is still listed with the second team, even after suffering a hand injury on Saturday. As we all know, the staff doesn't discuss injuries so it's unknown what his status is for this week. His inclusion, however, is a good sign as season ending injuries typically drop a player off of the depth chart.
  • Mike Miranda got the start at right guard last week after CJ Thorpe led things off against Idaho. It seems the battle is still raging but it should be Thorpe's turn to be the guy out there on the opening drive.


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 Cam Brown Charlie Katshir Lance Dixon
MLB Jan Johnson Ellis Brooks Jesse Luketa
WLB Micah Parsons Jesse Luketa Brandon Smith
CB John Reid Donovan Johnson Joey Porter Jr.
S Lamont Wade Jaquan Brisker Drew Hartlaub
S Garrett Taylor Jonathan Sutherland Tyler Rudolph
CB Tariq Castro-Fields Keaton Ellis Trent Gordon


  • Nothing really to note here except the removal of the 'Star' position. We'll see what that means for this secondary going forward.

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


  • Nothing new here, as expected.
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