We are exactly one week away from the start of spring practice at Penn State. There are several questions surrounding the team at a few different positions. Some of those questions should start to be answered over the next few weeks. Like we did with the offense last week, VBR now brings you the defensive depth chart heading into the spring.
This depth chart only takes into account players who are on are the roster for spring practice. Due to depth issues, several incoming freshman will likely be needed to fill holes on the depth chart.
Some of these projections are bound to change, but for now, it’s a good starting point to preview the upcoming season.
DE- Deion Barnes, C.J. Olaniyan, Anthony Zettel, Evan Schwan Garrett Sickels
DT- Austin Johnson, Derek Dowrey, Tarow Barney, Brian Gaia, Anthony Zettel
LB- Mike Hull, Nyeem Wartman, Brandon Bell, Gary Wooten, Ben Kline
CB- Jordan Lucas, Trevor Williams, Da’Quan Davis, Jordan Smith, Anthony Smith
S- Adrian Amos, Ryan Keiser, Jesse Della Valle, Kasey Gains
The defensive depth chart may not be finalized until right before the season starts. There are several combinations that could be used. On the defensive line, Anthony Zettel has bulked up and could play at defensive tackle to try to fill the hole left by DaQuan Jones. At linebacker, only Mike Hull is a sure starter. In the secondary, Adrian Amos is officially listed again as a safety. However, as I stated in the secondary preview, I see Amos moving back to his natural position of cornerback at some point.
Check back with VBR for live coverage of the first practice on March 17th.
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