Penn State Depth Chart: Indiana

By Matthew Filipovits on October 20, 2020 at 12:52 pm
Sep 14, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Ellis Brooks (13) reacts following a tackle during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Pittsburgh 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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After a long offseason, the first depth chart of the year is a clear indication that Penn State football is on the horizon. It's been an offseason full of change in Happy Valley, but there will still be a ton of talent on the field this Saturday afternoon.

Offense

Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team
QB Sean Clifford Will Levis Ta'Quon Roberson
RB  Noah Cain Devyn Ford Caziah Holmes OR Keyvone Lee
WR-X Cam Sullivan-Brown Daniel George TJ Jones
WR-H Parker Washington Isaac Lutz Justin Weller
WR-Z Jahan Dotson KeAndre Lambert-Smith Jaden Dottin
TE/H Pat Freiermuth Brenton Strange Zack Kuntz, Theo Johnson
LT Rasheed Walker Will Fries Des Holmes
LG Mike Miranda Des Holmes Sal Wormley
C Michal Menet Mike Miranda Juice Scruggs
RG CJ Thorpe Des Holmes Anthony Whigan
RT Will Fries Caedan Wallace Bryce Effner

Notes: 

  • With Journey Brown out, it's going to be the Noah Cain and Devyn Ford show. Holmes and Lee should get some run as well.
  • Hello Cam Sullivan-Brown and Parker Washington. While everyone expected these to play a ton, they weren't expected to be starters.
  • Brenton Strange has secured the backup tight end job, giving Penn State a solid option if they choose to go jumbo.
  • Des Holmes will back up both guard spots, while Will Fries can clearly bounce between both tackles as the staff sees fit.

defense

Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team
DE Shaka Toney   Adisa Isaac Nick Tarburton
1-DT Antonio Shelton Fred Hansard Judge Culpepper
3-DT PJ Mustipher Hakeem Beamon Dvon Ellies, Coziah Izzard
DE Jayson Oweh Shane Simmons Smith Vilbert
SLB Brandon Smith Curtis Jacobs Lance Dixon
MLB Ellis Brooks Jesse Luketa Charlie Katshir
WLB Jesse Luketa Lance Dixon Curtis Jacobs
CB Joey Porter Jr. Keaton Ellis OR Daequan Hardy -
S Lamont Wade Ji'Ayir Brown Trent Gordon
S Jaquan Brisker Jonathan Sutherland Tyler Rudolph
CB Tariq Castro-Fields Marquis Wilson Daequan Hardy

Notes:

  • The biggest surprise here is clearly Joey Porter Jr. The redshirt freshman has had a great camp and has the size to be a shut-down corner. Expect a lot of Keaton Ellis and Marquis Wilson too.
  • It looks like Hakeem Beamon has cracked the two-deep, giving the Nittany Lions a big space-eater in the middle of the defensive line.
  • Curtis Jacobs and Lance Dixon have locked down the backup outside linebacker spots, while Jesse Luketa will slide to the middle now and again.

special teams

Pos. First Team Second Team Third Team
K (FG) Jake Pinegar Jordan Stout Levi Forrest
KOS Jordan Stout Levi Forrest Jake Pinegar
P Jordan Stout Levi Forrest Jake Pinegar
H Jordan Stout Rafael Checa Levi Forrest
LS Chris Stoll Michael Wright Max Chizmar
KR Devyn Ford Lamont Wade Parker Washington
PR Jahan Dotson Parker Washington Marquis Wilson

Notes:

  • No real surprises here, but Devyn Ford will take over kick return duties. He's a threat to score every time he touches the ball and should give the Nittany Lions a spark back there.
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