Notes on PSU's newest depth chart
Still, there were a few notable changes on the depth chart and in the game notes:
- Five new walk-ons earned scholarships for the 2013 season: OG Bryan Davie, DE Carl Nassib, CB Devin Pryor, DT Tyrone Smith and RB Deron Thompson. Pryor and Smith are listed on the depth chart as third string.
- Adam Gress was nursing an injury last week, and he was not listed as the definite starter at right tackle. He's still battling with TE-turned-OT Garry Gilliam. Bill O'Brien will likely update Gress' progress on Tuesday.
- Von Walker, a run-on whom O'Brien complimented last week, is listed as competing for the No. 2 kickoff return spot with Akeel Lynch. Walker is an athlete whom PSU hopes to utilize as a slotback. This might be the biggest surprise on the depth chart. You can read more about Walker here.
- D.J. Crook is listed as the third-string quarterback. He was competing with Austin Whipple and Jack Seymour for the No. 3 spot. He was listed as the third-stringer on the post-spring depth chart as well.
- Bill Belton is still listed as the No. 2 tailback, ahead of Lynch ... but that likely doesn't mean much. Both will see carries.
- Kyle Baublitz is the starter alongside DaQuan Jones at defensive tackle. Redshirt freshman Austin Johnson is the backup.
- True freshman Brandon Bell is Nyeem Wartman's backup at outside linebacker. Ben Kline is listed as Mike Hull's backup.
- There's an "OR" listed next to Malcolm Willis' name, signifying he's still competing with Ryan Keiser at safety. Willis is obviously expected to be the starter -- barring injury. O'Brien will undoubtedly be asked about that on Tuesday.
- Middle linebacker Glenn Carson is still listed as the snapper at punter, despite picking up a run-on whose specialty is snapping and having Howle snapping on field goals.
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