Analyzing the Penn State Depth Chart for the Big Ten Championship

What does Penn State’s depth chart look like heading into the Big Ten Championship? 

After 12 weeks of the regular season, Penn State finds itself playing in the Big Ten Championship against the Wisconsin Badgers. The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten East by defeating Michigan State last week.

Unfortunately, star running back Saquon Barkley suffered an injury in the second half against the Spartans and never returned. Fortunately, all signs point to the sophomore playing. Hence, he’s still listed atop the depth chart at running back.

There are no changes at any of the offensive skill positions on the depth chart to speak of this week.

The offensive line has dealt with injuries all season, but has been able to stay healthy recently. There are no changes at the top of the depth chart, but some minor changes have been made with some of the backups.

On defense, this week’s depth chart is exactly what it was last week heading into the tilt with Michigan State.

Check out the full depth chart for the Big Ten Championship.

OFFENSE

Quarterback
9 Trace McSorley (6-0, 205, Jr./So.)
2 Tommy Stevens (6-4, 218, So./Fr.)
7 Jake Zembiec (6-3, 205, Fr./Fr.)

Running Back
26 Saquon Barkley (5-11, 223, So./So.)
6   Andre Robinson (5-9, 216, So./Fr.)
8   Mark Allen (5-6, 181, Jr../So.)
24 Miles Sanders (5-11, 205, Fr./Fr.)

Wide Receiver (X)
12 Chris Godwin (6-1, 205, Jr./Jr..)
84 Juwan Johnson (6-4, 213, So./Fr.)
81 Gordon Bentley (6-0, 198, Sr../Jr.)

Wide Receiver (H)
12 DaeSean Hamilton (6-1, 205, Sr./Jr.)
3  DeAndre Thompkins (5-11, 185, Jr./So.)
19 Gregg Garrity (5-10, 170, Sr./Sr.)

Wide Receiver (Z)
13 Saeed Blacknall (6-3, 212, Jr./Jr.)
3  DeAndre Thompkins (5-11, 185, Jr./So.)
11 Irvin Charles (6-4, 219, So./Fr.)

Tight End/H-Back
88 Mike Gesicki (6-6, 252, Jr./Jr.)
89 Tom Pancoast (6-3, 235, Sr./Jr.)
18 Jonathan Holland (6-4, 245, So./Fr.)

Left Tackle
52 Ryan Bates (6-4, 305, So./Fr.)
77 Chasz Wright (6-7, 343, Jr./So.)
76 Sterling Jenkins (6-8, 328, So./Fr.)

Left Guard
57 Steven Gonzalez (6-4, 334, So./Fr.)
55 Wendy Laurent (6-2, 297, Gr./Sr.)
62 Michal Menet (6-4, 296, Fr./Fr.)

Center
72 Brian Gaia (6-3, 295, Gr./Sr.)
55 Wendy Laurent (6-2, 297, Gr./Sr.)
64 Zach Simpson (6-3, 292, So./Fr.)

Right Guard
66 Connor McGovern (6-5, 310, Fr./Fr.)
53 Derek Dowrey (6-3, 323, Gr./Sr.)
55 Wendy Laurent (6-2, 297, Gr./Sr.)

Right Tackle
77 Chasz Wright (6-7, 343, Jr./So.)
75 Brendan Brosnan (6-6, 295, Jr./So.)
71 Will Fries (6-6, 295, Fr./Fr.)

DEFENSE

Defensive End
94 Evan Schwan (6-6, 263, Gr./Sr.)
19 Torrence Brown (6-3, 257, Jr./So.)
46 Colin Castagna (6-4, 253, So./So.)

Defensive Tackle
52 Curtis Cothran (6-5, 280, Sr./Jr.)
93 Antoine White (6-2, 290, Jr./So.)
30 Kevin Givens (6-1, 275, So./Fr.)

Defensive Tackle
41 Parker Cothren (6-4, 295, Sr./Jr.)
54 Robert Windsor (6-4, 305, So./Fr.)
56 Tyrell Chavis (6-3, 298, Jr./Jr.)

Defensive End
90 Garrett Sickels (6-4, 260, Sr./Jr.)
48 Shareef Miller (6-5, 255, So./Fr.)
97 Ryan Buchholz (6-6, 270, So./Fr.)

Will Linebacker
11 Brandon Bell (6-1, 233, Sr./Sr.)
31 Cam Brown (6-5, 215, Fr./Fr.)
20 Johnathan Thomas (5-11, 220, Jr./So.)

Middle Linebacker 
40 Jason Cabinda (6-1, 232, Jr./Jr.)
47 Brandon Smith (6-0, 220, Sr./Jr.)
11 Brandon Bell (6-1, 233, Sr./Sr.)

Sam Linebacker
43 Manny Bowen (6-1, 220, So./So.)
7 Koa Farmer (6-1, 222, Jr./So.)
25 Brandon Bell (6-1, 233, Sr./Sr.)

Boundary Cornerback
29 John Reid (5-10, 191, So./So.)
1 Christian Campbell (6-1, 194, Jr./Jr.)
17 Garrett Taylor (6-0, 193, So./Fr.)

Free Safety
2 Marcus Allen (6-2, 202, Jr./Jr.)
28 Troy Apke (6-1, 206, Jr./Jr.)
9 Jarvis Miller (6-2, 205, So./Fr.)

Strong Safety
6 Malik Golden (6-0, 205, Gr./Sr.)
4 Nick Scott (5-11, 200, Jr./So.)
23 Ayron Monroe (5-11, 204, So./Fr.)

Field Cornerback
15 Grant Haley (5-9, 185, Jr./Jr.)
21 Amani Oruwariye (6-1, 201, Jr./So.)
12 Jordan Smith (5-10, 185, Sr./Sr.)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punter
93 Blake Gillikin (6-2, 182, Fr./Fr.)
92 Daniel Pasquariello (6-1, 197, Jr./Jr.)

Kicker
95 Tyler Davis (5-11, 18o, Sr./Jr.)
99 Joey Julius (5-10, 258, Jr./So.)
90 Alex Barbir (5-9, 195, Fr./Fr.)

Kick Offs
99 Joey Julius (5-10, 258, Jr./So.)
95 Tyler Davis (5-11, 18o, Sr./Jr.)
90 Alex Barbir (5-9, 195, Fr./Fr.)

Holder
16 Billy Fessler (5-11, 188, Jr./So.)
93 Blake Gillikin (6-2, 182, Fr./Fr.)

Long Snapper
44 Tyler Yazujian (5-11, 235, 5th/Sr.)
41 Zach Ladonis (6-2, 236, Sr./Jr.)
96 Kyle Vasey (6-2, 242, Jr./Sr.)

Kickoff Returners
24 Miles Sanders (5-11, 205, Fr./Fr.)
11 Irvin Charles (6-4, 219, So./Fr.)
4 Nick Scott (5-11, 200, Jr./So.)
26 Saquon Barkley (5-11, 223, So./So.)

Punt Returners
29 John Reid (5-10, 191, So./So.)
19 Gregg Garrity (5-10, 170, Sr./Sr.)
3 DeAndre Thompkins (5-11, 185, Jr./So.)
8 Mark Allen (5-6, 181, Jr./So.)

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