Penn State Depth Chart and Injury Report: Nebraska Edition

Matthew Holst

Penn State had largely avoided the injury bug this season, but all of a sudden, they've started to pile up. Just how thin will the Nittany Lions be on Saturday? Read on to find out.

Last week, Kyle Carter--who was listed as "probable"--was the only player (aside from the counted-out Nyeem Wartman and Mark Arcidiacono) to appear on the injury report. We doubted just how probable he was, and he ended up not making the trip to West Lafayette, but the point is, this had been, and was, a very healthy football team.

Then last week happened. Penn State beat up on Purdue, but lost a couple of pieces, and a very key one, in the process.

Jordan Hill sprained his left knee--the good news is that it wasn't, as initially feared, a torn ACL, but that hardly intimates a one week recovery. He's listed as "day-to-day" by O'Brien, who certainly takes after his mentor Bill Belichick and refused to tip his hand regarding the availability of his players. It's incredibly unlikely that Hill will even make the trip to Lincoln, leaving Penn State with a huge hole on the defensive line, and without a senior leader.

For Kyle Carter, the prognosis is a little bit better--that ankle that kept him out of last week's game didn't seem to limit him during practice. Again, there's no real update from the coaching staff, and considering that he was officially probably last week tells us that even if O'Brien did open his mouth, he wouldn't say anything we could take stock in. Unofficially, I think it looks pretty good that Penn State will get another much needed offensive weapon back for Nebraska tomorrow.

Lastly, there's Curtis Dukes, who went off early with a concussion. He hasn't figured in much in the run game, or been too visible in the special teams, so Penn State likely won't be missing too much, but it's always very scary to see young men get head injuries, and we wish him a speedy and full recovery, even if that means he's played his last game in the blue and white.

On to the depth chart!

*-denotes player listed on injury report

Off. First Team Second Team Reserves
HC Bill O'Brien

QB #11 Matt McGloin
#12 Steven Bench #2 Shane McGregor
RB #5 Bill Belton #28 Zach Zwinak #24 Derek Day
FB #9 Michael Zordich #35 Pat Zerbe #45 P.J. Byers
TE-Y #89 Garry Gilliam #18 Jesse James #84 Matt Lehman
TE-F #87 Kyle Carter* #82 Brian Irvin #83 Brent Wilkerson
WR #8 Allen Robinson #15 Alex Kenney #37 Evan Lewis
WR #85 Brandon Moseby-Felder #21 Trevor Williams #80 Matt Zanellato
OT #76 Donovan Smith #70 Nate Cadogan --
OG #65 Miles Dieffenbach #60 Ty Howle #66 Angelo Mangiro
OC #54 Matt Stankiewitch #62 Frank Figueroa #55 Wendy Laurent
OG #64 John Urschel #75 Eric Shrive
OT #78 Mike Farrell #58 Adam Gress
#75 Eric Shrive
Def. First Team Second Team Reserves
DE #90 Sean Stanley #86 C.J. Olaniyan #31 Brad Bars
DT #47 Jordan Hill* #84 Kyle Baublitz --
DT #91 DaQuan Jones #93 James Terry #99 Austin Johnson
DE #18 Deion Barnes #59 Pete Massaro #98 Anthony Zettel
OLB #6 Gerald Hodges #43 Mike Hull --
MLB #40 Glenn Carson #33 Michael Yancich --
OLB #42 Michael Mauti #38 Ben Kline --
CB #12 Stephon Morris
#3 DaQuan Davis --
SS #10 Malcolm Willis #23 Ryan Keiser --
FS #7 Stephen Obeng-Agyapong #27 Jake Fagnano
CB #4 Adrian Amos #39 Jesse Della Valle #1 Jordan Lucas
Sp. First Team Second Team Reserves
K #97 Sam Ficken -- --
P #45 Alex Butterworth -- --
KR #15 Bill Belton #39 Jesse Della Valle #4 Alex Kenney
PR #37 Evan Lewis #39 Jesse Della Valle --
LS #60 Ty Howle #44 Michael Furman #57 Emery Etter
H #23 Ryan Keiser #37 Evan Lewis --

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