2 listed as starting QB on PSU depth chart

Adrian Amos is arguably Penn State’s best defensive player, and he will get a chance to make more plays on the field this season as he’s been moved from cornerback to safety.

The Amos switch is the only real surprise on the Nittany Lions’ summer depth chart, released Thursday.

The other most notable aspect, not surprisingly, is that the first-string quarterback is listed as sophomore Tyler Ferguson or Christian Hackenberg, the prized recruit who isn’t even on campus yet.

The other starting spots on the depth chart are all the same as they were in the spring. Amos’ move to safety means sophomores Trevor Williams and Jordan Lucas hold the first-string spots at cornerback. Senior Malcolm Willis and junior Ryan Keiser are battling it out to start at the other starting safety spot along with Amos, a junior with big-play capabilities.

Junior Zach Zwinak is listed as the starting running back, although he will be out until August with a wrist injury. Junior Bill Belton is second string at running back, while redshirt freshman Akeel Lynch is third string.

One interesting tidbit from the depth chart is that junior Garry Gilliam, who has moved from tight end to offensive tackle, is listed at 305 pounds. That’s a significant increase from his weight of 277 last year.

– Cory Giger



So.Tyler Ferguson (6-3, 213) OR

Fr.Christian Hackenberg (6-3, 218)

Running back

Jr.Zach Zwinak (6-1, 240)


Jr.Allen Robinson (6-3, 211)


Sr.Brandon Moseby-Felder (6-2, 199)

Tight end – Y

So.Jesse James (6-7, 249)

Tight end – F

So.Kyle Carter (6-3, 244)

Left tackle

So.Donovan Smith (6-5, 327)

Left guard

Jr.Miles Dieffenbach (6-3, 297)


Sr.Ty Howle (6-0, 292)

Right guard

Sr.John Urschel (6-3, 307)

Right tackle

Sr.Adam Gress (6-6, 317)


Defensive end

Jr.C.J. Olaniyan (6-3, 251)

Defensive tackle

Sr.DaQuan Jones (6-3, 318)

Defensive tackle

Jr.Kyle Baublitz (6-5, 286)

Defensive end

So.Deion Barnes (6-4, 249)

Outside linebacker

Jr.Mike Hull (6-0, 226)

Middle linebacker

Sr.Glenn Carson (6-3, 240)

Outside linebacker

R-Fr.Nyeem Wartman (6-1, 240)


So.Trevor Williams (6-1, 189)


Sr.Adrian Amos (6-0, 211)


Sr.Malcolm Willis (5-11, 213) OR

Jr.Ryan Keiser (6-1, 205)


So.Jordan Lucas (6-0, 192)



Jr.Sam Ficken (6-2, 183)


Sr.Alex Butterworth (5-10, 206)


Jr.Ryan Keiser (6-1, 205)

Kick snapper

Sr.Glenn Carson (punt)

Sr.Ty Howle (FG/PAT)

Kickoff returns

Jr.Bill Belton (5-10, 205)

Jr.Alex Kenney (6-0, 194)

Punt returns

Jr.Jesse Della Valle (6-1, 194)