Penn State released something that looks similar to a depth chart Thursday night, but it doesn't actually reveal any answers about the Nittany Lions' depth entering preseason camp.
The depth chart is broken down based entirely on seniority at every position, with upperclassmen listed first regardless of how little they might have played in the past. So in actuality, the depth chart provides no information about which players might actually be ahead of others in the coaches' eyes.
Which is exactly how new coach James Franklin likes it.
Shortly after getting the job, Franklin said there will be open competition for every position entering fall camp, and the depth chart reinforces that notion.
For instance, the projected No. 1 wide receiver, sophomore Geno Lewis, is listed third at his position, behind juniors DeShawn Baker and Matt Zanellato. Miles Dieffenbach, who's coming back from an ACL injury, is also listed first at right guard even though he won't be ready to play until late in the season, if at all.
So the depth chart is useless? Well, not exactly.
It does at least list the players who will be battling it out at the various positions.
In the kicking game, Sam Ficken not only is listed as place-kicker but also as a punter, meaning he could be handling all of the kicking duties this season.
Adrian Amos and Trevor Williams are among the candidates to return kickoffs, along with freshman speedburner DeAndre Thompkins. The punt return candidates include Jesse Della Valle, Jordan Lucas and Thompkins.
There is no competition at quarterback, and sure enough, Christian Hackenberg is listed first on the depth chart. Then again, that's only because he's the senior most member of the group, and if there was someone who had been around longer, chances are that person would have been listed ahead of Hackenberg.
A more revealing depth chart might not be released until the week of the opener against Central Florida.