No Surprises on Depth Chart

Garry Gilliam

Penn State released its official DC for the season-opener vs. Syracuse. There is still no public clarity on the QB race.

See the depth chart here:
Penn State has released its depth chart for this week's season-opener against Syracuse. It contains exactly zero surprises.

No clarity has been added to the quarterback battle, as the first-teamer is listed as junior college transfer Tyler Ferguson “or” freshman Christian Hackenberg.

Elsewhere on offense, the only significant change from the spring is that converted tackle Garry Gilliam is listed on the first team at right tackle along with veteran Adam Gress. Gress has been slowed in the training camp by a leg injury.

It should be noted that the offensive depth chart does not include the slot receiver position. So slot men Alex Kenney and Richy Anderson are listed as third-teamers at the other two receiver spots, as opposed to the top two slot receivers.

On defense, the only “or” designation among the first-teamers is at one of the safety spots. Veterans Malcolm Willis and Ryan Keiser, who are both expected to log significant snaps, are listed atop the depth chart.

On special teams, Alex Butterworth (punter), Sam Ficken (kicker) Keiser (holder) and Ty Howle (placement snapper) are all back as starters.

One potential trouble spot is at punt snapper, where starting middle linebacker Glenn Carson is listed as the starter. That does not appear to reflect well on the development of the snapping specialists on the roster — redshirt freshman Tyler Yazujian and true freshman Sean Corcoran.

The depth chart is notoriously dicey on return men at this time of year. Expansive, too.

Five different players are listed as kickoff returners, in this order: Bill Belton, Akeel Lynch, Von Walker, Eugene Lewis and Anderson.

Meanwhile, the punt returner rundown is: Jesse Della Valle, Belton, Walker.

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