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Penn State Depth Chart and Injury Report: Purdue Edition

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Penn State's almost completely healthy heading into its matchup with the Boilermakers, but that "almost" comes with one huge caveat.

Patrick Smith

Yeah, there's really not much of an update from last week: We're still in the same place with Nyeem Wartman, Mark Arcidiacono is still out indefinitely, yada yada.

But the one piece of news is a pretty big one, and for a team that's stayed pretty healthy all year, it's a potentially damaging one: tight end Kyle Carter hurt his ankle at the end of last week's loss to Ohio State, and there haven't been too many dispatches about his status. At his weekly press conference, Bill O'Brien declined to mention whether he practiced earlier in the week. He was officially "day-to-day", but so was Bill Belton...for three weeks. Now, on the official game notes, Carter's listed as probable, and we'll hope that's a good omen.

O'Brien's been rather Belichickian in how he handles the injury report, which makes sense, considering he's a disciple, but you can't imagine this bodes well for Carter's status on Saturday. If he can't go, Penn State will have lost perhaps its most valuable weapon on offense, especially against a defense that doesn't have the athletes to prevent his matchup from being a nightmare.

Lastly, expect a shake-up on the kick return team--Bill Belton, in particular, has struggled on a unit that's hardly broken any big returns, and guys like Alex Kenney and Adrian Amos have been mentioned in conjunction with the job. As long as it's not Gerald Hodges back there, I won't complain.

Oh, and how could I forget the real huge news of the week: There's been a shake-up at the long-snapper position, where Michael Fuhrman has overtaken Emery Etter for the backup position behind Ty Howle.

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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