Spring football has been canceled, but that didn't stop Penn State from releasing its spring depth chart. It's hard to take too much away from a depth chart that is based on only a few days of practice, but it does possibly shed some light on what the staff is thinking in some key position battles.
|Pos.||First Team||Second Team||Third Team|
|QB||Sean Clifford||Will Levis||
3rd: Ta'Quon Roberson
4th: Michael Johnson Jr.
|RB||Journey Brown||Noah Cain||
3rd: Devyn Ford
4th: Caziah Homes
5th: Tank Smith
|WR-X||Daniel George||Cam Sullivan-Brown||
3rd: KeAndre Lambert-Smith
4th: Benjamin Wilson
|WR-H||TJ Jones||John Dunmore||
3rd: Jaden Dottin
4th: Alec Berger
5th: Cameron Pica
|WR-Z||Jahan Dotson||Isaac Lutz||
3rd: Justin Weller
4th: Henry Fessler
|TE/H||Pat Freiermuth||Zack Kuntz||
3rd: Brenton Strange
4th: Theo Johnson
5th: Trevor Baker
6th: Grayson Kline
7th: Tommy Friberg
|LT||Rasheed Walker||Des Holmes||Colin De Boef|
|LG||Mike Miranda||Sal Wormley||
3rd: Nick Dawkins
4th: Dalton Daddona
|C||Michal Menet||Juice Scruggs||
3rd: Blake Zalar
4th: Will Knutsson
|RG||CJ Thorpe||Anthony Whigan||
3rd: Justin Kopko
4th: Kaleb Konigus
|RT||Will Fries||Caedan Wallace||Bryce Effner|
- Hello, TJ Jones! For all the talk of which freshman would be the first to contribute this fall, the redshirt freshmen (Jones and John Dunmore) were a bit overlooked. But it appears that Jones may have the inside track on a starting spot, after all.
- Speaking of the freshmen receivers, it is a bit surprising to see Lambert (now Lambert-Smith) on the X-receiver depth chart, where playing time may be harder to come by this fall. Again, this entire depth chart could be moot by the fall, but still. By the depth chart, Dottin may be in the best position.
- Not huge news, but confirmation that Miranda is the one sliding over to Steven Gonzalez's left guard spot with CJ Thorpe staying put on the right.
- Nice to see Scruggs get into a legitimate position on the depth chart, perhaps signaling that he's recovered from his car accident-related injuries. Having him set up full-time in that backup center role would be huge for the depth on the interior.
- Caedan Wallace appears to be the heir-apparent at right tackle. Again, not a huge surprise, but confirmation nonetheless.
|Pos.||First Team||Second Team||Reserves|
|DE||Shaka Toney||Adisa Isaac||
3rd: Nick Tarburton
4th: Dan Vasey
|1-DT||Antonio Shelton||Fred Hansard||
3rd: Damion Barber
4th: Joseph Darkwa
5th: Fatorma Mulbah
6th: Cole Brevard
|3-DT||PJ Mustipher||Judge Culpepper||
3rd: Hakeem Beamon
4th: Dvon Ellies
5th: Aeneas Hawkins
6th: Evan Presta
|DE||Jayson Oweh||Shane Simmons||
3rd: Smith Vilbert
4th: Bryce Mostella
5th: Alex Furmanek
|SLB||Brandon Smith||Lance Dixon||Denver Light|
|MLB||Ellis Brooks||Jesse Luketa||
3rd: Max Chizmar
4th: Tyler Eldson
|WLB||Micah Parsons||Charlie Katshir||Robbie Dwyer|
|CB||Donovan Johnson||Marquis Wilson||
3rd: Joey Porter Jr
4th: Joseph Johnson III
5th: Corey Melzer
|S||Lamont Wade||Tyler Rudolph||
3rd: Trent Gordon
4th: Drew Hartlaub
5th: Jaden Seider
|S||Jaquan Brisker||Jonathan Sutherland||
3rd: Enzo Jennings
4th: CJ Holmes
5th: Dylan Farronato
|CB||Tariq Castro-Fields||Keaton Ellis||
3rd: Daequan Hardy
4th: Makai Self
5th: Sebastian Costantini
- The main stand out here on the defensive line is Judge Culpepper moving to second on the depth chart behind PJ Mustipher. There were very positive vibes around him last season, and it appears that he's ready to make a legitimate impact next season.
- Luketa has apparently officially moved to middle linebacker. It is likely still Ellis Brooks' job to lose, but Luketa isn't short on in-game experience, so this could be a battle to watch in the preseason. It also opens things up for Charlie Katshir and Lance Dixon to find more playing time this fall.
- That SAM linebacker depth chart. I don't know anything about Denver Light, but those are two five-stars back-to-back. Wow.
- Donovan Johnson could be in for a huge year if he can finally stay healthy, as evidenced by his starting position at cornerback opposite Tariq Castro-Fields. He likely will still be the one to shift inside when an inside corner is required, but this perhaps signals that he will be a starter in two-cornerback sets, as well.
|Pos.||First Team||Second Team||Reserves|
|K (FG)||Jordan Stout||Jake Pinegar||-|
|KOS||Jordan Stout||Jake Pinegar||
3rd: Rafael Checa
4th: Anthony DaSilva
5th: Vlad Hilling
|P||Jordan Stout||Carson Landis||Bradley King|
|H||Jordan Stout||Joe Calcagno||Bradley King|
|LS||Chris Stoll||Joe Calcagno||-|
|KR||Micah Parsons||Journey Brown||
3rd: Caziah Holmes
4th: Devyn Ford
|PR||Jahan Dotson||Marquis Wilson||-|
- IT'S JORDAN STOUT TIME, BABY. Touchback Jesus is set to be the kickoff specialist, field goal kicker (though maybe still just the 50-yard-plus guy?), punter, and holder next season. We can NEVER have enough Touchback Jesus.
- Dotson at punt returner is expected, he handled the duties when KJ Hamler was gassed last fall. He showed some great promise there, and Marquis Wilson has the athleticism to provide fireworks from that spot, as well.
- Finally, the most important note on this depth chart – MICAH PARSONS AT FIRST-STRING KICK RETURNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't care if this is just a "hey, it's a depth chart that means nothing, so who cares if we put him there" but I NEED Parsons returning kicks next season. I need it like I need food, water, and shelter to survive. Make it happen, James.