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PSU depth chart shows importance of TE

June 6, 2012
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com , The Altoona Mirror

Penn State's summer depth chart provides concrete evidence that, as many expected, the tight end will be a major factor in the new offense.

The depth chart, released Tuesday, shows not just one, but two tight end positions -- labeled Y and F -- and there are seven players listed as competing at the spots.

"The Y is your traditional big, blocking tight end, and the F is your more receiving-type tight end who moves around," new coach Bill O'Brien told gopsusports.com. "Many of those guys, like Kyle Carter and Garry Gilliam, are interchangeable. They can play the Y or the F. That's why it is important to list all of those guys there. They've all got a chance to play for us."

Gilliam, a redshirt junior, is first string at the Y position, and his size (6-foot-6, 277 pounds) makes him a fit for O'Brien's blocking tight end role.

In perhaps the biggest surprise on the depth chart, Carter, a redshirt freshman, tops the F tight end position. He's ahead of junior Kevin Haplea, who has played extensively the past two seasons.

Carter, a 6-3, 241-pounder from Delaware and the first commitment of the Nittany Lions' 2011 recruiting class, is in O'Brien's receiving tight end role.

Fact Box

PSU depth chart

These players are listed on the first team.

OFFENSE

Receiver

So.......Allen Robinson (6-3, 199) OR

Jr. ......Shawney Kersey (6-1, 199)

Left tackle

Fr.......Donovan Smith (6-5, 310)

Left guard

So.......Miles Dieffenbach (6-3, 286) OR

Jr.......Marc Arcidiacono (6-4, 283)

Center

Sr.......Matt Stankiewitch (6-3, 295)

Right guard

Jr.......John Urschel (6-3, 287)

Right tackle

Jr.......Adam Gress (6-6, 306)

Tight end (Y)

Jr.......Garry Gilliam (6-6, 277)

Tight end (F)

Fr.......Kyle Carter (6-3, 241)

Quarterback

Sr.......Matt McGloin (6-1, 199)

Tailback

Jr.......Silas Redd (5-10, 200)

Fullback

Sr.......Michael Zordich (6-1, 242)

Receiver

Sr.......Devon Smith (5-7, 147)

Receiver

Sr.......Justin Brown (6-3, 209)

DEFENSE

Left end

Sr.......Sean Stanley (6-1, 247)

Left tackle

Sr.......Jordan Hill (6-1, 298)

Right tackle

Jr.......DaQuan Jones (6-3,317)

Right end

Sr.......Pete Massaro (6-4, 263)

Outside linebacker

Sr.......Gerald Hodges (6-2, 233)

Middle linebacker

Jr.......Glenn Carson (6-3, 238) OR

Jr.......Khairi Fortt (6-2, 238)

Outside linebacker

Sr.......Michael Mauti (6-2, 239)

Left cornerback

Sr.......Stephon Morris (5-8, 188)

Strong safety

Sr.......Jake Fagnano (6-0, 201)

Free safety

Jr.......Malcolm Willis (5-11, 205)

Right cornerback

So.......Adrian Amos (6-0, 209) OR

Jr.......Derrick Thomas (6-0,181)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punter

Jr.......Anthony Fera (6-2, 220)

Kicker

Jr.......Anthony Fera (6-2, 220)

Holder

Sr.......Matt McGloin (6-1, 199)

Kick snapper

Jr.......Ty Howle (6-0, 298)

Kickoff return

So.......Adrian Amos (6-0, 209)

Punt return

Sr.......Justin Brown (6-3, 209)

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PSU DEPTH CHART

Second and third teams

OFFENSE

Receiver

Fr.......Matt Zanellato (6-3, 195)

Jr.......Brandon Moseby-Felder (6-2, 188)

Left Tackle

Fr.......Nate Cadogan (6-5, 283)

So.......Luke Graham (6-4, 273)

Left Guard

Fr.......Angelo Mangiro (6-3, 287)

Center

Jr.......Ty Howle (6-0, 298)

Fr.......Angelo Mangiro (6-3, 287) OR

Jr.......Frank Figueroa (6-3, 303)

Right guard

Jr.......Eric Shrive (6-6, 312)

Fr.......Anthony Alosi (6-4, 292)

Right tackle

Sr.......Mike Farrell (6-6, 276)

Fr.......Anthony Alosi (6-4, 292)

Tight end (Y)

Fr.......Jesse James (6-7, 265)

Jr.......Matt Lehman (6-7, 247)

Tight end (F)

Jr.......Kevin Haplea (6-4, 248)

So.......Dakota Royer (6-1, 223) OR

Sr.......Brian Irvin (6-3, 241)

Quarterback

So.......Paul Jones (6-3, 245)

Jr.......Rob Bolden (6-3, 214)

Sr.......Shane McGregor (6-1, 200)

Tailback

So.......Bill Belton (5-10, 196)

Sr.......Derek Day (5-9, 195)

So.......Zach Zwinak (6-1, 226)

Receiver

So.......Alex Kenney (6-0, 193)

Receiver

Jr.......Shawney Kersey (6-1, 199)

Jr.......Christian Kuntz (6-4, 222)

DEFENSE

Left end

So.......C.J. Olaniyan (6-3, 250) OR

So.......Brad Bars (6-3, 237)

Left tackle

So.......Kyle Baublitz (6-5, 270)

Right tackle

Sr.......James Terry (6-3, 317)

Right end

Fr.......Deion Barnes (6-4, 248) OR

Fr.......Anthony Zettel (6-5, 255)

Outside linebacker

So.......Mike Hull (6-0, 213)

Middle linebacker

Sr.......Michael Yancich (6-2, 240)

Outside linebacker

Fr.......Ben Kline (6-2, 224)

Left cornerback

So.......Jesse Della Valle (6-1, 187)

Strong safety

Jr.......Stephen Obeng-Agyapong (5-10, 201)

Free safety

Fr.......Tim Buckley (6-0, 202)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Kicker

So.......Sam Ficken (6-3, 180)

Holder

Sr.......Evan Lewis (5-10, 173)

Kick snapper

Jr.......Emery Etter (6-1, 223)

Kickoff return

So.......Bill Belton (5-10, 196)

Sr.......Devon Smith (5-7, 147)

Punt return

So.......Bill Belton (5-10, 196)

The increased importance of the tight end is no surprise, given that O'Brien is coming from a New England Patriots offense that relied heavily on stars Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

The depth chart also lists three receiver positions, with seniors Justin Brown and Devon Smith as first-stringers, and the third spot still undecided between sophomore Allen Robinson and redshirt junior Shawney Kersey.

"We will be a multiple personnel grouping team, particularly at wide receiver and tight end," O'Brien told gopsusports.com.

There's some fuzzy math with the depth chart, as there are 13 positions listed on offense. One is fullback, and though O'Brien has said he will continue to utilize that position, starter Michael Zordich probably won't be on the field much with all the multi-receiver formations.

"The offensive philosophy that we have here is really about a lot of guys playing," O'Brien told gopsusports.com. "The depth is definitely set at offensive line and quarterback, and running back to a certain degree.

"But at tight end and receiver, it depends on what type of personnel grouping we are in -- a one, two, three or four wide receiver grouping or a one, two or three tight end grouping. We're planning on playing a lot of guys at those two positions."

SUBHD: Depth chart notes

* Aside from Robinson and Kersey competing for a receiver spot, there are three other positions listed as "or" at first string: middle linebacker is a battle between juniors Glenn Carson and Khairi Fortt; right cornerback is between sophomore Adrian Amos and redshirt junior Derrick Thomas; and left guard is between redshirt sophomore Miles Dieffenbach and redshirt junior Marc Arcidiacono.

* The offensive tackle spots have been reversed. Redshirt freshman Donovan Smith is the first-string left tackle after playing right tackle during the spring, and redshirt junior Adam Gress is now the right tackle after playing on the left side during the spring. The young Smith (6-5, 310) must have made some kind of impression to take the lead for one of the most important spots on the field at left tackle.

* Amos has moved back to cornerback after playing safety during spring drills.

* Redshirt sophomore Kyle Baublitz has moved from defensive end to tackle, and redshirt freshman Anthony Zettel has moved from tackle to defensive end.

* Anthony Fera remains the first-string place-kicker and punter after filling both roles last season.

 
 

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