Brenton Strange is a bit of a tweener who could fill either role. No real surprises here, but Devyn Ford will take over kick return duties. If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here. Let’s start on the left and work our way through, shall we? While Jahan Dotson has been the undisputed No. The redshirt senior has played a LOT of football, and has been solid. At a Glance--going through the highlights of the news so you don't have to. When eight of 11 starters were blue chip recruits, you have a talented team. Overcast with rain showers at times. In essence, smash the dude across from you on run plays. What’s more, the slot position - WR-Z - seems to be a bit of a wasteland with the departure of KJ Hamler to the NFL, and backup Mac Hippenhammer having struggled with drops the past two seasons. He’s the most complete TE that Penn State has had in some time, and should be one of the favorites for the Mackey Award next year. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Thorpe at both guard positions in 2019. Another position affected, this time due to opt-out, was linebacker. In the two years he spent as the OL coach at Boston College, the team never gave up more than 23 sacks in a season, and never averaged worse than 4.1 yards per carry. Friends, if there are two things you want in an offensive line, it’s experience and continuity. 16: The Football Special, PODCAST: Previewing Penn State football's defense ahead of 2020 season, PODCAST: Friendly Neighborhood Podcast, Ep. Slade moving would a) alleviate the pressure for playing time in the running back room, and b) bring some experience and talent to the wide receiver room which could frankly use a bit of both. Sign up today! Curtis Jacobs and Lance Dixon have locked down the backup outside linebacker spots, while Jesse Luketa will slide to the middle now and again. Ricky has proven himself an excellent receiver, totaling 13 catches for 117 yards in his career, averaging nine yards per reception. The receivers cut down on the number of drops this year, and it would have been nice to see how the group looked next year under his tutelage. There was a problem saving your notification. Penn State will open its delayed season with a trip to Indiana on Saturday, but on Tuesday the Nittany Lions gave out their first official depth chart. Thorpe (RS JR), Anthony Whigan (RS JR), Golden Achumba (FR), Right Tackle: *Will Fries (RS SR), Caedan Wallace (RS FR), Olu Fashanu (FR), Ibrahim Traore (FR). As much as I don’t think any blue chip running back should redshirt ever again under Franklin (injuries aside), I can’t help but think there just won’t be enough touches for both freshmen to play more than four games next season. It’s January, we have 7 months to go until football returns for real, and it’s high time we talk about the 2020 depth chart. Unfinished business. While everyone expected these to play a ton, they weren't expected to be starters. Support our work by purchasing one of our t-shirts. No matter what, the running game should be the biggest strength of the offense next year, as Kirk Ciarrocca has always run a rush-heavy offense, and will now have a team with a heavily talented and experienced offensive line, running a simpler rushing game, and with five stud running backs. There was an error processing your request. The biggest surprise here is clearly Joey Porter Jr. This updated depth chart will represent the starters and bench rotation as the Nittany Lions travel to Indiana on Saturday. I have to figure that will only help improve an already exceptional rushing game. Position Player Class; QB1: Sean Clifford: Sr: QB2: Will Levis: Jr: QB3: Ta’Quan Roberson 2020 Penn State Depth Chart. Here’s hoping the next WR coach can continue the upward trend Parker started, and get all of the playmakers involved. With the departure of Micah Parsons over the offseason, Jesse Luketa has been forced to step into a starting role on the outside with Brandon Smith and Ellis Brooks filling out the group. Indiana 36, Penn State 35: Nittany Lions Drop Season Opener in Frustrating Fashion, Roar Lions Roundtable: Predicting Penn State's Record in 2020. While Trautwein is young (only 2 weeks older than this here writer, and I’m a spring chicken thankyouverymuch), his success as an OL coach is obvious. Having more than three TEs may not be 100% necessary, but if any of those top three go down with injury, it might be nice for the backup not to be too rusty. While Rahne often called on offensive linemen to pull, Ciarrocca runs mostly zone, whether inside or outside. There honestly isn’t much that Moose needs to prove at TE, as he blocks well, catches well, and runs well. Due in large part to his efforts, all five starting BC offensive linemen were named to All-ACC teams. A new face coaching receivers, some shuffling of talent across the roster to ease playing time woes at one position group and boosting the skill and experience of another, and Penn State will move into the upper echelon of college football offenses. In 2019, two-win Rutgers, three-win Northwestern and four-win Purdue all statistically had better passing defenses than Penn State. High around 50F. Your friends here at Black Shoe Diaries work tirelessly to bring you the latest Penn State news and stories. How do two redshirt seniors, two redshirt juniors, and one redshirt sophomore strike you as experience? How do four returning starters out of five, with the fifth being the “third” guard who heavily rotated on both sides of the line, strike you as continuity? Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Without further ado, we present to you next season’s offense! Rather, Journey Brown and Noah Cain ate into Slade’s playing time more and more until Ricky was at best third on the depth chart. Most of these issues can be fixed with experience, but I think the biggest boon could be Kirk Ciarrocca. Hello Cam Sullivan-Brown and Parker Washington. I’ve tentatively got Juice Scruggs as the backup, but he’s still recovering from his car accident-related back injury, so Saleem Wormley may end up getting the backup role. This updated depth chart will represent the starters and bench rotation as the Nittany Lions travel to Indiana on Saturday. Zack Kuntz is back, and after a couple seasons of adding weight to his lanky frame, will look to fill the receiving tight end role a bit more. Penn State depth chart takeaways: Journey Brown sidelined, plus some surprises. After a long offseason, the first depth chart of the year is a clear indication that Penn State football is on the horizon. It's been an offseason full of change in Happy Valley, but there will still be a ton of talent on the field this Saturday afternoon. Unfinished business? Well, there you have it. Given the run-heavy offense Ciarrocca runs, I anticipate seeing a more than a few two-tight end sets. Des Holmes will back up both guard spots, while Will Fries can clearly bounce between both tackles as the staff sees fit. I’ll be interested in seeing whether either of the freshmen - particularly Theo Johnson - gets any playing time. C.J. Another key piece to this puzzle is the departure of wide receivers coach Gerad Parker, off to be the offensive coordinator at West Virginia. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. If you’ll notice, there are four little asterisk doohickies, which is a lot for an offensive line. With Journey Brown out, it's going to be the Noah Cain and Devyn Ford show. If Clifford takes the next step in 2020, the offense will be very dangerous indeed. Wallace is a solid backup, but if injuries mount we could see some shuffling across the entirety of the offensive line. But according to the chart, Cazaiah Holmes and Keyvone Lee will share that third spot for now, likely until one can take the spot from the other. Kirk Ciarrocca will implement his zone rushing scheme in conjunction with Phil Trautwein’s offensive line strengths, taking an already potent run game and elevating it even further. Given that all of the other RBs on the roster return, and two more blue chippers are joining the team, something has to give. Hunter Kelly just declared that he would be transferring out last night, and given that he was a converted defensive tackle and former walk on, it was always more than possible some of the other backups at guard might end up being the second team center. How could we possibly consider ourselves a real news outlet if we don’t bring you baseless conjecture and off season talking points? The Sean Clifford Show returns, and will look to make a big leap forward in year 2 as starter. After a long offseason, the first depth chart of the year is a clear indication that Penn State football is on the horizon. Penn State football has released its depth chart before the start of the 2020 season. Justin Morganstein is a football and basketball reporter at The Daily Collegian. Holmes and Lee should get some run as well. One thing to note about the OL is that Kirk Ciarrocca’s offense is pretty different from Ricky Rahne’s, at least in terms of the run game. RB: *Journey Brown (RS JR), Noah Cain (SO), Devyn Ford (SO), Caziah Holmes (FR), Keyvone Lee (FR). 1, the young group will try some fresh faces this year as Parker Washington and Cam Sullivan-Brown will get their shot to start next to Dotson. Let us know what's going on! Cain is a workhorse, and no matter what happens will always get positive yardage. You’ll notice, then, that there is a new face I’ve placed in the receiver room - one Ricky Slade. The projected 11 starters will average 3.7 years on a college campus - when your average starting football player rounds up to senior eligibility, you have an experienced team. Pat Freiermuth returns as starter at tight end, shunning the NFL to get another season in the Blue and White. He could also maybe use another 5-10 pounds in the lower body to motor through arm tackles, but he’s as solid a starter as you could like, and probably could have tested the NFL waters this year if he wanted to.