Looking Ahead At Penn State’s 2016 Depth Chart

I tweeted today that if Penn State’s current recruiting class stays mostly in place, they’ll not only be playing in a bowl as seniors, but a rather significant bowl.

If everybody on board right now remains on board, here’s what the Nittany Lions could look like when they head into their next bowl-eligible season: 2016

QB
Steven Bench
OR
Christian Hackenberg: Both have been pretty quiet since Monday morning but both still remain in the fold.

RB
Akeel Lynch: Could also be a guy who isn’t currently on the roster, if Lynch doesn’t redshirt this season.

WR
Will Fuller
Johnathan Warner
Trevor Williams: Warner or Williams COULD burn their redshirts this year, but the team is deep at WR and it may benefit them to wait.

TE
Adam Breneman
Brent Wilkerson: One position that I expect O’Brien to recruit well through the sanctions is TE. This duo is just fine.

OL
Andrew Nelson
Brendan Mahon
Anthony Stanko
Brian Gaia
Dorian Johnson: Gaia and Stanko would have to redshirt to make this happen, but that’s not unlikely. Heard a report yesterday that Gaia would be leaving but there was never any follow up, so we’ll assume he’s staying. By the way, that’s a terrific offensive line.

DE
Evan Schwan
Garrett Sickels
Curtis Cothran: Schwan and Sickels have said they’re Nittany Lions for good. Cothran would certainly be a factor here.

DT
Jamil Pollard
Derek Dowery
Austin Johnson
Wendy Laurent: I could see at least one of these guys not sticking around. Also could see one on the offensive line.

LB
Nyeem Wartman
Brandon Bell
Zach Bradshaw
Zayd Issah: This group is up in the air as I haven’t heard anything from any of them. Regardless, if these four guys are seniors in 2016, that is an incredibly diverse and athletic LB unit. 
DB
This is a very interesting unit. Freshman right now include Jake Kiley, DaQuan Davis and Jordan Lucas, all of whom could see time this year. The only committed player to 2013 is Safety Neiko Robinson.
The defensive backfield in 2016 will likely be a young group, but they should be quality players who were sold on early playing time…because there is not much depth!

Keep in mind that there will be three recruiting classes after the current class that will sprinkle into this depth chart. Is this team good enough to make an impact? Hopefully you will find out in four years!

 

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Topics: Penn State Recruiting, PSU

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