And last but not least we have Will Fries as the final returning starter on the offensive line. Noah Cain very well could have taken the starting role for himself, but some injuries kept him off the field for stretches of the season. Indiana 36, Penn State 35: Nittany Lions Drop Season Opener in Frustrating Fashion, Roar Lions Roundtable: Predicting Penn State's Record in 2020. 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. Cain is a workhorse, and no matter what happens will always get positive yardage.

Luckily, Luketa is a veteran on Brent Pry’s defense and should fill in smoothly into this starting spot. Justin Morganstein is a football and basketball reporter at The Daily Collegian.

WR-X: Daniel George (RS SO), Cam Sullivan-Brown (RS JR), TJ Jones (RS FR), Jaden Dottin (FR), Norval Black (FR), WR-Z: Ricky Slade (JR), Mac Hippenhammer (RS JR), Parker Washington (FR), WR-H: *Jahan Dotson (JR), John Dunmore (RS FR), KeAndre Lambert (FR), Malick Meiga (FR). Penn State has released its first depth chart of the 2020 season, and it has a few big surprises in the run-up to Saturday’s season opener at Indiana. If you’ll notice, there are four little asterisk doohickies, which is a lot for an offensive line.

RB: *Journey Brown (RS JR), Noah Cain (SO), Devyn Ford (SO), Caziah Holmes (FR), Keyvone Lee (FR). Way-Too-Early 2020 Penn State Football Depth Chart: Offense. I believe Ciarrocca will improve the route trees and simplify the passing game a bit, which should help both quarterback and receiver, and here’s hoping the next WR coach can continue to work on the receivers’ hands and confidence levels so it’s no longer in doubt what will happen when Clifford unleashes a pass. And then there are the two new blue chip freshmen running back, Caziah Holmes and Keyvone Lee. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. 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. 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. There is talent there - six of 11 recruited wide receivers are blue chip players - but that talent is young: of those six blue chip receivers, four are freshmen, true or redshirt. There was a problem saving your notification.

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. 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. 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. No real surprises here, but Devyn Ford will take over kick return duties. Most of these issues can be fixed with experience, but I think the biggest boon could be Kirk Ciarrocca. Winds light and variable.

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. Hello Cam Sullivan-Brown and Parker Washington. High around 50F. I have to figure that will only help improve an already exceptional rushing game.

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.

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. Miranda is slated as the only “new” starter on the offensive line in 2020, but he was used very heavily in rotation with Gonzalez and C.J. He's a threat to score every time he touches the ball and should give the Nittany Lions a spark back there.

QB: *Sean Clifford (RS JR), Will Levis (RS SO), Ta’Quan Roberson (RS FR), Michael Johnson Jr (RS FR), Micah Bowens (FR). Black Shoe Diaries, a Penn State Nittany Lions community, Way-Too-Early 2020 Penn State Football Depth Chart: Offense, Indiana 36, Penn State 35: What Twitter Had to Say, Michael Penix was short... but it’s Penn State’s fault for letting it come down to that, Three Takeaways From Penn State’s 36-35 Loss to Indiana. A cat walks next to a group of pumpkins at Tait Farm on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 in Centre Hall, Pa. We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Error! I say should because he should have at least been a finalist this year, and was not.

The redshirt senior has played a LOT of football, and has been solid. Unfinished business? But the flip side is it never seemed like Clifford got comfortable with anyone in the group other than Hamler.

There was an error processing your request. TE: *Pat Freiermuth (JR), Zack Kuntz (RS SO), Brenton Strange (RS FR), Theo Johnson (FR), Tyler Warren (FR).

Similar to left guard, there are a few players who could end up backing up either side of the line, but for now I’ll leave Whigan here. Chance of rain 50%. I’ll take a big ol’ hit of that, please.

At a Glance--going through the highlights of the news so you don't have to. Another position affected, this time due to opt-out, was linebacker. KC will take his many years of experience as quarterbacks coach to take Clifford and Levis to the next level, and simplify the passing game so that both receiver and quarterback are on the same page. Penn State football has released its depth chart before the start of the 2020 season. Those little askerisk doohickies are there to denote returning starters.

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After a long offseason, the first depth chart of the year is a clear indication that Penn State football is on the horizon. How could we possibly consider ourselves a real news outlet if we don’t bring you baseless conjecture and off season talking points? Without further ado, we present to you next season’s offense! There honestly isn’t much that Moose needs to prove at TE, as he blocks well, catches well, and runs well. Ricky has proven himself an excellent receiver, totaling 13 catches for 117 yards in his career, averaging nine yards per reception.

It's the first official depth chart to come out since April, when the program released one on the original date of the Blue-White Game.

While everyone expected these to play a ton, they weren't expected to be starters. He has the speed and especially the quickness to fill the slot role while taller, more straight-line runners flank him to the outside.

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