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Depth Chart for the Michigan Game

Penn State football is a big underdog heading into the Big House. Who will step up to pull off the upset?

This is the first time in a long time Penn State football fans have gone into a game not overflowing with confidence.

Even against Ohio State these past two seasons, most fans I’ve talked to truly believed the Nittany Lions would come out on top. I don’t get that sense this week. There is no doubt Michigan is an extremely talented team, and will force the Nittany Lions linebacking corps to beat them by running the ball early and often.

Michigan is a good team, and tough to beat at the Big House, but you can never count out these Nittany Lions.

Let’s take a look at who will be taking the field to pull off the upset.

Well, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. The Nittany Lions are sticking with the same group they rolled out in last weeks win over Iowa.

OFFENSE

Quarterback
9 Trace McSorley (6-0, 201, Gr./Sr.)
2 Tommy Stevens (6-5, 240, Sr./Jr.)
14 Sean Clifford (6-2, 219, So./Fr.)

Running Back
24 Miles Sanders (5-11, 215, Jr./Jr.)
4 Ricky Slade (5-9, 198, Fr./Fr.)
32 Journey Brown (5-11, 205, So./Fr.) OR
20 Jonathan Thomas (5-11, 218, (Gr./Sr.)

Wide Receiver
84 Juwan Johnson (6-4, 225, Sr./Jr.)
81 Cam Sullivan-Brown (6-0, 188, So./Fr.)
86 Daniel George (6-2, 220, Fr./Fr.)

Wide Receiver

10 Brandon Polk (5-9, 179, Sr./Jr.)OR

3 DeAndre Thompkins (5-11, 188, Gr./Sr.)
85 Isaac Lutz (5-11, 186, Jr./So)

Wide Receiver
1 KJ Hamler (5-9, 173, So./Fr.)
12 Mac Hippenhammer (5-11, 177, So./Fr.)
5 Jahan Dotson (5-11, 169, Fr./Fr.)

Tight End
87 Pat Freiermuth (6-5, 258, Fr./Fr.)
83 Nick Bowers (6-4, 260, Sr./Jr.)
18 Jonathan Holland (6-4, 252, Sr./Jr.) OR
80 Danny Dalton (6-4, 247, Jr./So.)

Left Tackle
52 Ryan Bates (6-4, 302, Sr./Jr.)
71 Will Fries (6-6, 306, Jr./So.)
51 Alex Gellerstedt (6-6, 311, Jr./So.)

Left Guard
74 Steven Gonzalez (6-4, 325, Sr./Jr.)
73 Mike Miranda (6-3, 298, So./Fr.)
72 Bryce Effner (6-5, 272, Fr./Fr.)

Center
62 Michal Menet (6-4, 298, Jr./So.)
64 Zach Simpson (6-3, 290, Sr./Jr.)
70 Juice Scruggs (6-3, 278, Fr./Fr.)

Right Guard
66 Connor McGovern (6-5, 323, Jr./Jr.)
75 Des Holmes (6-5, 322, S0./Fr.)
79 Charlie Shuman (6-8, 324, Gr./Sr.)

Right Tackle
71 Will Fries (6-6, 306, Jr./So.)
77 Chasz Wright (6-7, 353, Gr./Sr.)
51 Alex Gellerstedt (6-6, 311, Jr./So.)

Lion
2 Tommy Stevens (6-5, 240, Sr./Jr.)

DEFENSE

Defensive End
48 Shareef Miller (6-5, 260, Sr./Jr.)
18 Shaka Toney (6-3, 241, Jr./So.)
49 Daniel Joseph (6-3, 253, Jr./So.)

Defensive Tackle

30 Kevin Givens (6-1, 285, Sr./Jr.)
93 PJ Mustipher (6-4, 300, Fr./Fr.)
90 Damion Barber (6-3, 283, So./Fr.

Defensive Tackle
54 Robert Windsor (6-4, 295, Sr./Jr.)
55 Antonio Shelton (6-2, 310, Jr./So.)
69 C.J. Thorpe (6-3, 328, So./Fr.)

Defensive End
99 Yetur Gross-Matos (6-5, 259, So./So.)
34 Shane Simmons (6-3, 250, Jr./So.)
46 Nick Tarburton (6-3, 246, Fr./Fr.)

Outside Linebacker
7 Koa Farmer (6-1, 230, Gr./Sr.)
11 Micah Parsons (6-3, 240, Fr./Fr.)
33 Jake Cooper (6-1, 234, Sr./Sr.)

Middle Linebacker
36 Jan Johnson (6-2, 234, Gr./Jr.)
13 Ellis Brooks (6-1, 233, So./Fr.)
40 Jesse Luketa (6-3, 236, Fr./Fr.)

Outside Linebacker
6 Cam Brown (6-5, 223, Jr./Jr.)
9 Jarvis Miller (6-2, 223, Sr./Jr.)
41 Dae’Lun Darien (6-4, 223, Jr./So.)

Cornerback
21 Amani Oruwariye (6-1, 203, Gr./Sr.)
2 Donovan Johnson (5-9, 182, So./Fr.)
14 Zech McPhearson (5-11, 188, Jr./So.)

Safety
17 Garrett Taylor (6-0, 203, Sr./Jr.)
26 Jonathan Sutherland (5-11, 201, So./Fr.)
23 Ayron Monroe (5-11, 206, Sr./Jr.)

Safety
4 Nick Scott (5-11, 200, Gr./Sr.)

Lamont Wade (5-9, 194, So./So.)
23 Ayron Monroe (5-11, 206, Sr./Jr.)

Cornerback
29 John Reid (5-10, 180, Sr./Jr.)
5 Tariq Castro-Fields (6-0, 186, So./So.)
14 Zech McPhearson (5-11, 206, Sr./Jr.)

Star
29 John Reid (5-10, 180, Sr./Jr.)
2 Donovan Johnson (5-9, 182, So./Fr.)
38 Lamont Wade (5-9, 194, So./So.)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punter
93 Blake Gillikin (6-2, 192, Jr./Jr.)
49 Cade Pollard (5-11, 207, Fr./Fr.)
95 Vlad Hilling (5-10, 217, Fr./Fr.)

Kicker (Field Goal)
92 Jake Pinegar (6-2, 197, Fr./Fr.)
99 Justin Tobin (6-2, 191, Jr./So.) OR
95 Vlad Hilling (5-10, 217, Fr./Fr.)

Kicker (Kickoff)
90 Rafael Checa (6-2, 205, Fr./Fr.)
92 Jake Pinegar (6-2, 197, Fr./Fr.)
95 Vlad Hilling (5-10, 217, Fr./Fr.)

Holder
93 Blake Gillikin (6-2, 192, Jr./Jr.)
15 Michael Shuster (6-2, 209, Jr./So.)
36 Jan Johnson (6-2, 234, Gr./Jr.)

Long Snapper
96 Kyle Vasey (6-2, 231, 5th/Sr.)
91 Chris Stoll (6-2, 257, So./Fr.)
94 Joe Calcagno (6-0, 242, So./Fr.)

Kickoff Returners
1 KJ Hamler (5-9, 173, So./Fr.)
32 Journey Brown (5-11, 205, So./Fr.)
4 Ricky Slade (5-9, 198, Fr./Fr.)

Punt Returners
3 DeAndre Thompkins (5-11, 188, Gr./Sr.)
1 KJ Hamler (5-9, 173, So./Fr.) OR
29 John Reid (5-10, 180, Sr./Jr.)

Coaching Staff
James Franklin – Head Coach
Brent Pry – DC/LB
Ricky Rahne – OC/QB
Phil Galiano – STC/Assistant DL
Tim Banks – Co-DC/S
Tyler Bowen – TE
David Corley – WR
Matt Limegrover – OL
Ja’Juan Seider – RB
Terry Smith – Assistant HC/CB
Sean Spencer – Associate HC/DC

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