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Penn State Releases Projected 2013 Depth Chart

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Running back Zach Zwinak led Penn State with 1,000 rushing yards last season and is expected to lead them on the ground again. Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images.
Running back Zach Zwinak led Penn State with 1,000 rushing yards last season and is expected to lead them on the ground again. Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images.

Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien released the team’s 2013 depth chart last week, but two starting positions are still wide open for competition.

Sophomore quarterback Tyler Ferguson, a junior college transfer, will compete with true freshman Christian Hackenberg throughout the summer to lead the Nittany Lions into 2013.  Hackenberg has a chance to start despite never participating in a collegiate practice.

The free safety position is also up for grabs between the experienced Malcolm Willis and Ryan Keiser, a special teamer in 2012. Willis’ spot is in jeopardy despite having started 17 games in the previous two seasons.

The Nittany Lions return 21 players that have had at least one collegiate start for Penn State.

OFFENSE

Quarterback

Number Name Height Weight
5 Tyler Ferguson* 6-3 213
14 Christian Hackenberg* 6-3 218
17 D.J. Crook 6-1 206
3 Austin Whipple 6-1 190


Running Back

Number Name Height Weight
28 Zack Zwinak 6-1 240
1 Bill Belton 5-10 205
22 Akeel Lynch 6-0 214
36 Deron Thompson 5-10 198


Fullback

Number Name Height Weight
35 Pat Zerbe+ 6-1 231
34 Dominic Salomone 5-10 230


Wide Receiver

Number Name Height Weight
8 Allen Robinson 6-3 211
7 Eugene Lewis 6-1 201
88 Jonathan Warner 6-1 196


Wide Receiver II

Number Name Height Weight
85 Brandon Moseby-Felder+ 6-2 199
80 Matt Zanellato 6-3 202
15 Alex Kenney 6-0 194
19 Richy Anderson 5-11 171


Tight End – Y

Number Name Height Weight
18 Jesse James 6-7 249
84 Matt Lehman+ 6-6 260


Tight End – F

Number Name Height Weight
87 Kyle Carter 6-3 244
11 Brent Wilkerson 6-3 245
81 Adam Breneman 6-4 235


Left Tackle

Number Name Height Weight
76 Donovan Smith 6-5 327
77 Garry Gilliam+ 6-6 305


Left Guard

Number Name Height Weight
65 Miles Dieffenbach 6-3 297
66 Angelo Mangiro 6-3 303
68 Bryan Davie 6-3 284


Center

Number Name Height Weight
60 Ty Howle+ 6-0 292
66 Angelo Mangiro* 6-3 303
55 Wendy Laurent* 6-2 283


Right Guard

Number Name Height Weight
64 John Urschel+ 6-3 307
66 Angelo Mangiro* 6-3 303
56 Anthony Alosi* 6-4 280


Right Tackle

Number Name Height Weight
58 Adam Gress+ 6-6 317
75 Eric Shrive+ 6-6 317
79 Kelvin Blanchard 6-7 295


DEFENSE

Defensive End

Number Name Height Weight
86 C.J. Olaniyan 6-3 251
31 Brad Bars 6-3 248
94 Evan Schwan 6-6 242


Defensive Tackle

Number Name Height Weight
91 DaQuan Jones 6-3 318
53 Derek Dowrey 6-3 308
88 Tyrone Smith 6-4 265


Defensive Tackle

Number Name Height Weight
84 Kyle Baublitz 6-5 286
99 Austin Johnson 6-4 297
72 Brian Gaia 6-3 297


Defensive End

Number Name Height Weight
18 Deion Barnes 6-4 249
98 Anthony Zettel 6-5 257


Outside Linebacker

Number Name Height Weight
43 Mike Hull 6-0 226
38 Ben Kline 6-2 227


Middle Linebacker

Number Name Height Weight
40 Glenn Carson 6-3 240
8 Gary Wooten 6-0 233


Outside Linebacker

Number Name Height Weight
5 Neem Wartman 6-1 240
30 Charles Idemudia 5-11 235


Cornerback

Number Name Height Weight
10 Trevor Williams 6-1 189
24 Anthony Smith* 6-0 187
12 Jordan Smith* 5-11 184


Cornerback II

Number Name Height Weight
9 Jordan Lucas 6-0 192
3 Da'Quan Davis 5-10 164
16 Devin Pryor 5-10 171


Free Safety

Number Name Height Weight
1 Malcolm Willis+* 5-11 213
23 Ryan Keiser* 6-1 205
39 Jesse Della Valle 6-1 194
2 Jake Kiley 6-0 176


Strong Safety

Number Name Height Weight
4 Adrian Amos 6-0 211
7 Stephen Obeng-Agyapong+ 5-10 207
6 Malik Golden 6-1 193


SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker

Number Name Height Weight
97 Sam Ficken 6-2 183


Punter

Number Name Height Weight
45 Alex Butterworth 5-10 206


Long Snapper

Number Name Height Weight
40 Glenn Carson (Punt) 6-3 240
60 Ty Howle+ (FG/PAT) 6-0 292


FG/PAT Holder

Number Name Height Weight
23 Ryan Keiser 6-1 205
45 Alex Butterworth 5-10 206


Kickoff Returner

Number Name Height Weight
1 Bill Belton 5-10 205
15 Alex Kenney 6-0 194
22 Akeel Lynch 6-0 214


Punt Returner

Number Name Height Weight
38 Jesse Della Valle 6-1 194
19 Richy Anderson 5-11 171
1 Bill Belton 5-10 205

+ Fifth-year senior
* Tied on depth chart