Penn State Depth Chart and Injury Report, Syracuse Edition

Bill Belton was injured in Game One last year, but will be at full strength tomorrow - Patrick Smith

It's game one, but Penn State's already short a few players. See who's out, who's in, and who's starting.

First, the good news:

The rumors among the message board intelligentsia, that Adam Gress had suffered a serious knee injury and would be out for the season, were unfounded. When Bill O'Brien spoke with the media earlier this week, and provided an update on the health of his squad, he noted that Gress had been a full participant in practice and will play on Saturday. The same goes for Ben Kline, Penn State's ultra-important fourth linebacker, who missed all spring after shoulder surgery, and seemed to recover more slowly than anticipated throughout the summer.

There are some players who won't be playing Saturday, though few, if any, were expected to play big roles on the 2013 squad. Brent Wilkerson, still struggling through some back issues, won't see the field any time soon--in traditional BOB fashion, O'Brien refused to give a time frame beyond "a while." Similarly, walk-on wide receiver Deshawn Baker "will return at some point this season," but won't play against Syracuse due to an undisclosed injury; freshman safety Kasey Gaines may take a redshirt, but he's dealing with a hamstring injury that will also ensure he's out tomorrow. Lastly, Brad Bars is out for the year with a torn ACL.

Additionally, although there had been some nagging doubts, Bill Belton has qualified academically, and looks like he might be a secret weapon of sorts in his junior season.

Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Neiko Robinson, who'd practiced all summer with the team before being informed that the NCAA had declared him ineligible after refusing to accept credit for one of his online summer classes. Like Zayd Issah before him, another promising member of Penn State's incoming recruiting class will likely never play a down as a Nittany Lion.

On to the depth chart!

*-denotes player listed on injury report

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

QB #5 Tyler Ferguson OR #14 Christian Hackenberg #17 D.J. Crook
RB #28 Zach Zwinak #1 Bill Belton #22 Akeel Lynch
FB #35 Pat Zerbe -- --
TE-Y #18 Jesse James #84 Matt Lehman --
TE-F #87 Kyle Carter #81 Adam Breneman --
WR #8 Allen Robinson #7 Eugene Lewis #15 Alex Kenney
WR #85 Brandon Moseby-Felder #80 Matt Zanellato #19 Richy Anderson
OT #76 Donovan Smith #75 Eric Shrive #59 Andrew Nelson
OG #65 Miles Dieffenbach #66 Angelo Mangiro --
OC #60 Ty Howle #66 Angelo Mangiro #55 Wendy Laurent
OG #64 John Urschel #75 Eric Shrive
OT #77 Garry Gilliam OR #58 Adam Gress*
#75 Eric Shrive
Def. First Team Second Team Reserves
DE #86 C.J. Olaniyan #94 Evan Schwan --
DT #84 Kyle Baublitz #99 Austin Johnson #88 Tyrone Smith
DT #91 DaQuan Jones #53 Derek Dowrey #72 Bian Gaia
DE #18 Deion Barnes #98 Anthony Zettel --
OLB #43 Mike Hull #38 Ben Kline* #26 Brandon Bell
MLB #40 Glenn Carson #8 Gary Wooten
OLB #5 Nyeem Wartman #26 Brandon Bell #46 Adam Cole
CB #6 Jordan Lucas
#3 DaQuan Davis #16 Devin Pryor
SS #4 Adrian Amos #7 Stephen Obeng-Agyapong #6 Malik Golden
FS #1 Malcolm Willis OR #23 Ryan Keiser #39 Jesse Della Valle
CB #10 Trevor Williams #12 Jordan Smith OR #24 Anthony Smith
Sp. First Team Second Team Reserves
K #97 Sam Ficken #37 Chris Gulla --
P #45 Alex Butterworth -- --
KR #1 Bill Belton #22 Akeel Lynch OR #25 Von Walker
PR #39 Jesse Della Valle #1 Bill Belton #25 Von Walker
LS #60 Ty Howle #40 Glenn Carson --
H #23 Ryan Keiser #45 Alex Butterworth --

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