UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With the 2010 season now just six days away, the Nittany Lion football team has released its latest depth chart heading into the Youngstown State game week, and the All-Sports Blog is the exclusive home to the first look at the Penn State depth chart.
Legendary head coach Joe Paterno will meet with the media on Tuesday afternoon to provide more insight on the depth chart, but let's take a look at a few things that stick out on the latest preseason depth chart for the 2010 Nittany Lion football team.
At the top of the list for any Penn State football fan heading into the season is the quarterback situation. As you can see on the depth chart link listed below, the top line of the quarterback spot is shared by three names. Redshirt sophomore Matt McGloin, sophomore Kevin Newsome and freshman Robert Bolden have all taken snaps with the first and second teams throughout the preseason. The coaching staff is analyzing all three players with the top two offensive units. Look for Coach Paterno to add more on the quarterback front at Tuesday's press conference.
Sticking on the offensive side of the ball, the offensive line remains the same from the All-Sport's Blog offensive line preview we ran at the end of the week. To recap, the first team line consists of: Junior Quinn Barham at left tackle, junior DeOn'Tae Pannell at left guard, senior Doug Klopacz at center, senior Stefen Wisniewski at right guard and senior Lou Eliades at right tackle.
The receivers atop the depth chart include Derek Moye, Devon Smith and Graham Zug. All three players have the tools to play in the slot or wide depending on the offensive formation. As we noted in the All-Sports Blog receiver preview, the Nittany Lions have a nice blend of youth and experience on the deoth chart at the receiver spot.
Topping the list of tight ends are redshirt freshman Garry Gilliam and talented freshman Kevin Haplea. One thing to note at the tight end position is the absence of junior Andrew Szczerba. The junior tight end mentioned that his back has been bothering him on media day earlier in the month.
The running back corps looks very similar to the preseason depth chart. Standout senior tailback Evan Royster and junior Stephfon Green occupy the top two slots, with junior Joe Suhey listed as the top fullback. Redshirt freshman Curtis Dukes is the third tailback listed. Dukes and freshman Silas Redd have battled for the third tailback spot throughout the preseason.
Moving to the defensive side of the ball, things look nearly identical to the early preseason depth chart. Jack Crawford, Ollie Ogbu, Devon Still and Eric Latimore fill the starting spots as we move across the line from left to right. Junior Nate Stupar, senior Chris Colasanti and Bani Gbadyu occupy the top linebacker spots. Redshirt sophomore Michael Mauti, who is back from a serious knee injury suffered during 2009 preseason camp, is listed as the top backup to Stupar at outside linebacker. Mauti has also spent time in the primary backup slot at middle linebacker.
In the secondary, junior D'Anton Lynn is atop the left cornerback slot, with Nick Sukay at free safety and Drew Astorino at Hero. Chaz Powell is the top right cornerback on the depth chart with sophomore Stephon Morris listed on the second line. An early injury during preseason camp to Morris put Powell on the top slot. Both players will battle for the starting spot this season. Keep in mind, too, that Powell is a versatile player and could see the field in a variety of ways.
The special teams unit also looks very similar to the early depth chart the All-Sports Blog talked bout in the specialists preview. Anthony Fera is in line to handle the punting duties. Look for Fera on kickoffs, as well. Senior Collin Wagner will be the place kicker. Note that Ty Howle is listed as the top kick snapper for place kicking attempts, while redshirt freshman Emery Etter is listed as the punt snapper.
We will have much more on the Nittany Lions as we near the start of the 2010 season. Stay tuned later today on the All-Sports Blog for a look at the Nittany Lion running backs. Our position-by-position previews will wrap up tomorrow with the quarterbacks.
Click the link below for the full Penn State depth chart, as of August 29.
Links to the All-Sports Blog Position Previews:
Running Backs - Check back later today
Quarterbacks - Check back tomorrow