FOS Projected Depth Chart

Check out our forecast of how the Nittany Lion defense will line up AFTER the season-opener with Akron. Since the first pregame depth chart of a particular season is usually the least reliable, we decided to jump ahead a week and let you know how we think the DC will look heading into the Notre Dame game.

Let's face it, the depth chart Penn State releases prior to the season-opener against Akron next week will be next to useless. The coaching staff, unwilling to tip off the first opponent to talented new faces, typically edits the sports information staff's initial DC offering so it looks nothing like the lineup you will see on the field.

That changes in week two, after everyone has had a chance to see the Nittany Lions in action.

The opener is also often the last chance for select upperclassmen to prove they deserve their positions.

With that in mind, it is common to see drastic changes in Penn State's "official" depth chart between weeks one and two. So we decided to offer our prognostication for what the defensive DC will look like AFTER the Akron game.

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE END

99 Jimmy Shaw
91 Jared Odrick
87 Chris Rogers
59 Aaron Maybin

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

13 Jay Alford
53 Steve Roach
90 Phillip Taylor

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

92 Ed Johnson
95 Elijah Robinson
93 Chris Baker

DEFENSIVE END

47 Josh Gaines
54 Jed Hill
48 Maurice Evans
16 Francis Claude

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

31 Paul Posluszny
45 Sean Lee
51 Joe Cianciolo

MIDDLE LINEBACKER

20 Tim Shaw
52 Dontey Brown
5 Jerome Hayes

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

40 Dan Connor
46 Tyrell Sales
19 Andy Kubic

CORNERBACK

1 Justin King
21 Knowledge Timmons
28 Willie Harriott

STRONG SAFETY

6 Donnie Johnson
37 Spencer Ridenhour
9 Jason Ganter
80 Mark Rubin*

FREE SAFETY

7 Anthony Scirrotto
24 Nolan McCready
22 Darien Hardy

CORNERBACK

11 Tony Davis
25 Devin Fentress
16 Lydell Sargeant

* Injured. Status will be updated upon return to practice. @ Doghouse. Status will be updated upon exit from doghouse.

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