The Full, Way-Too-Early 2012 Penn State Depth Chart

Are you REDD-y for 2012? (Photo: Mike Pettigano/BSD)

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We round out our super-duper-early 2012 Penn State depth chart preview by throwing together what this year's lineup could look like. There is so much still unknown at this point, it's a difficult task to do this for any team. But with a new coaching staff, things get even tougher.

Let's have some fun, anyway, and dive into the first official non-official 2012 Penn State depth chart.

The full depth chart at the end of the 2011 season, but prior to National Signing Day (where we'll hopefully add ~20 more names to the chart), after the jump.

WR

SL

RB

QB

FB

WR

Kersey

D. Smith

Redd

McGloin

Zordich

Brown

Kuntz

Belton

Beachum

Bolden

Zwinak

Moseby-Felder

Kenney

Drake

Dukes

Jones

Zanellato

Robinson

LT

LG

C

RG

RT

TE

Smith

Arcidiacano

Stankiewitch

Urschel

Farrell

Gilliam

Gress

Kolb

Dieffenbach

Shrive

Nowicki

Haplea

Cadogan

Mangiro

Howle

Figueroa

Carter

CB

DE

DT

DT

DE

CB

Amos

Stanley

Terry

Hill

Massaro

Morris

Thomas

Olaniyan

Jones

Hailes

Baublitz

Wallace

Oakman

Zettel

Graham

Bars

Kerner

Alosi

Barnes

Safety

Fritz

Middle

Sam

Safety

Punter/Kicker

Obeng-Agyapong

Hodges

Carson

Mauti

Willis

Fera

Hull

Fortt

Kline

Ficken

Royer

Yancich

There are 67 names on this list, a number we're quite certain will drop. Brandon Beachum, for instance, is almost certainly gone, choosing not to return for his fifth year. Will there be others, either foregoing a fifth year or possibly transferring? We've got eight and a half long months to wait and see.

The major areas of concern are in the defensive backfield at corner and safety. We looked at that two days ago, to conclude it will be a rough go stopping the pass in 2012, unless some of these guys break out with good seasons. SOA and Willis could--could--be a good safety tandem, but haven't proven much, especially SOA. The corners are a little more deep, but have so many question marks (Thomas) that we can't predict they will be anything strong enough to slow down a half-decent quarterback.

Luckily, the offense actually looks like it will improve this year. How? The offensive line, though it loses a few starters, will have one (!) coach for the entire unit. Mac McWhorter is a great OL coach, and should be able to counter any negatives due to graduation. The quarterbacks, as tired of them as we are, will be another year older. On top of that, they will actually have a clean slate with the coaching staff, including a head coach who will double as offensive coordinator. At the bottom of the pyramid is the foundation of the offense: Silas Redd. Though Bill O'Brien likes to pass the ball around, you can bet he will lean on what works for Penn State's personnel--running the ball. Maybe we will even see a little more of Curtis Dukes this year, particularly after he and Redd teamed up to grind the Iowa defense into a fine powder last season.

We will come back to the depth charts during spring practice in two months. For now, try to keep your football stress levels in check.

*BSD editor Mike Pettigano contributed to this post.

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