Nittany Notes: Line Dancing

See how things are playing out on the offensive line through the early-going of preseason ball. We tackle the depth chart and provide analysis.

Though Penn State's offensive line has a tested starting group for 2008, the coaching staff is wrestling with significant depth issues.

As we first reported Thursday, redshirt freshman guard Josh Marks (possible transfer) and senior tackle Nerraw McCormack (failed conditioning test) have yet to participate this preseason. Both were considered second-teamers coming out of spring practice.

Now that they are out of the mix for the time being, here is how things shape up on the two-deep, according to our practice observers.

Left Tackle
Gerald Cadogan
Johnnie Troutman

Left Guard
Rich Ohrnberger
Mike Lucian

A.Q. Shipley
Doug Klopacz

Right Guard
Stefen Wisniewski
J.B. Walton

Right Tackle
Dennis Landolt
Lou Eliades

Depth Analysis

In games where PSU wins going away, expect an entire new second-team line to come in when things get out of hand.

But if there are injuries when games are on the line, expect the staff to mix and match seven men — the starting five, as well as Lucian and Eliades. Lucian figures to be the primary backup at all three interior spots. He practiced at all of them in the spring.

In the meantime, Eliades remains the primary backup at right tackle. If something were to happen to Cadogan at the all-important left tackle spot, we'd expect the staff to move Landolt there and Eliades to move up on the right side.

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