Nittany Notes: Line Depth

If there is one thing you can count on in spring practice it's change - particularly at the start of drills, which kicked off Friday afternoon. Get a first-hand look at how the depth of the lines on both sides of the ball look out of the gate for the Nittany Lions.

Before we jump into the depth of the offensive and defensive lines keep in mind that the coaches tend to make shifts during the spring, so these lineups can and will change as the spring progresses.

Elijah Robinson

Here are how both lines stack up in terms of depth out of the gate:

Offensive Line

T: John Shaw, Joe Toriello, Johnnie Troutman
G: Rich Ohrnberger, Austin Hinton, Ako Poti
C: A.Q. Shipley, Ross Muir, Doug Klopacz
G: Elijah Robinson, Mike Lucian, Lou Eliades
T: Gerald Cadogan, Dennis Landolt

Defensive Line

DE: Josh Gaines, Aaron Maybin, Eric Latimore
DT: Abe Koroma, Phillip Taylor, Ollie Ogbu
DT: Jared Odrick, Chris Baker, Jed Hill
DE: Maurice Evans, Chris Rogers, Tom Golarz


  • Phillip Taylor looks to be in "phenominal shape" for his size and has seemingly lost a good amount of weight during the winter conditioning period.
  • Aaron Maybin is incredibly fast off the corner at defensive end.
  • As Joe Paterno said, "We played Tennessee, most of these guys played in the game. We didn't have Eddie Johnson against Tennessee. We lose (Jay) Alford. (Jared) Odrick has played. (Maurice) Evans has played. I'm not as concerned about that. I think they're good players and hopefully they can stay healthy in the spring and get a little more comfortable doing a couple things."
  • Eric Latimore's size and speed are also impressive considering his short time with the program since January.

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