NITTANY NOTES: Defensive Two Deep

With the Nittany Lions kicking off spring practice this week, get an exclusive look at the penciled-in two deep on the defensive side of the ball.

Wednesday marked the start of spring practice for Penn State. Here's a look at the penciled-on two deep depth for the defense. Keep in mind that this is the starting point the coaches were working with, which was based off previous experience and winter progress of the players.

The coaches have also been known to use the initial spring two-deep for motivational purposes.

As such the depth chart can and will change in the coming weeks.

    Defensive Line Two Deep

    DE: Jack Crawford, Eric Latimore
    DT: Ollie Ogbu, Jared Odrick/Chimaeze Okoli
    DT: Abe Koroma, Devon Still/Brandon Ware
    DE: Kevion Latham, Eric Latimore

  • Jerome Hayes is expected to miss contact this spring, but is expected to participate in the runs. He is also expected to be back at full strength by the time preseason practice starts.

  • The depth of the defensive line interior is described as "amazing," with six or so tackle candidates who could "make a real run at the starting spots."

  • Observers indicate that the defensive end situation will likely see a position shift or two from elsewhere on the squad in an attempt to shore up sthe depth.

  • Odrick is expected to run second team through the early sessions following a recent arrest for fighting. "He'll be in the doghouse for a bit," an observer explained.

    Linebacker Two Deep

    OLB: Sean Lee, Nathan Stupar
    MLB: Josh Hull/Michael Mauti, Chris Colasanti
    OLB: Navorro Bowman, Bani Gbadyu

  • A first-team rotation of Lee, Hull/Mauti and Bowman is penciled in for the start of spring ball.

  • It remains to be seen how much action Lee will see this spring and which position exactly he will play as he returns from an ACL injury last spring. Observers feel his reps will be limited, but that he is "negotiating" to get in more work than he has did the winter session. There is also debate whether they keep him in the middle (where he was last spring) or if they shift him to the outside. "I think [the coaches] want to see how he feels and how the knee is before that call is made," an observer said.

  • There is a segment of observers who feel Mauti will challenge Hull from the outset of drills. "He's been fantastic through the [winter]. I am excited to see him in action," an observer said.

    Secondary Depth Chart

    CB: Knowledge Timmons, Devin Fentress
    FS: Drew Astorino, Cedric Jeffries
    SS: Nick Sukay, Andrew Dailey
    CB: A.J. Wallace, D'Anton Lynn

  • Gerald Hodges is penciled in at third-team strong safety. There continues to be strong praise of the true freshman. Look for him to make a move up the DC in the spring.

  • Observers feel the staff is having Lynn mirror Wallace early on to "help him refine his game. A.J. has had his issues, but he and Lynn are similar in their builds and speed," as one observer opined. is THE source for original, exclusive, inside coverage of Penn State football.


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