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Penn State Depth Chart and Injury Report, UCF Edition

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

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

It was a taxing offseason for a team with so little depth to withstand it. Almost unquestionably, the greatest loss was Miles Dieffenbach, who injured his knee early this spring, leaving the offensive line with only one returning starter. Dieffenbach is not expected back until late in the season, if at all.

Another injury came at a position of even less depth: On top of a torn pectoral and sholder surgery that prematurely ended his 2013 campaign, Ben Kline suffered a torn Achilles this summer, and the senior linebacker will miss significant time, with a good chance he misses the entire season. The poor kid just can't catch a break.

Lastly, Adam Breneman suffered a knee injury earlier this month, and is out "indefinitely," according to a university report. It's possible that Breneman could return  later this season, but it may make more sense to use a redshirt on the sophomore rather than burn a year of eligibility on just a few games, especially given Penn State's depth at tight end.

In more positive news, returning to the lineup after missing all of last season is Brad Bars. Similarly, Brent Wilkerson, a third-year sophomore, will make his Penn State debut after a back injury kept him out all of 2013. DaeSean Hamilton is also ready to suit up, after redshirting last year with a wrist injury.

James Franklin, like his predecessor, is exceedingly tight-lipped with minor injuries, so we likely won't know who else is banged up until they don't play tomorrow. However, a few enterprising journalists who saw Wednesday's practice were able to note that a few players were limited in contact, including C.J. Olaniyan, Matt Zanellato, Tarow Barney, and Evan Schwan.

Oh, right: FOOTBALL TOMORROW YOU GUYS.

On to the depth chart!

*-denotes walk-on

Off. First Team Second Team Reserves
HC James Franklin

QB #14 Christian Hackenberg #9 Trace McSorley #15 Michael O'Connor
RB #1 Bill Belton #28 Zach Zwinak #22 Akeel Lynch
WR-X #7 Geno Lewis #13 Saeed Blacknall #86 DeShawn Baker*
WR-Z #5 DaeSean Hamilton #12 Chris Godwin #80 Matt Zanellato
TE #18 Jesse James #87 Kyle Carter #11 Brent Wilkerson, #88 Mike Gesicki
WR-F #5 DaeSean Hamilton #80 Matt Zanellato 82 Greg Garrity*, #3 DeAndre Thompkins
LT #76 Donovan Smith #71 Albert Hall* #58 Chance Sorrell
LG #65 Derek Dowrey OR #70 Brandon Mahon #60 Noah Beh
C #66 Angelo Mangiro #55 Wendy Laurent #73 Steve Myers*
RG #64 Brian Gaia #78 Tom Devenney* #67 Andrew Terlingo*
OT #59 Andrew Nelson #77 Chasz Wright 79 Charlie Schuman*
Def. First Team Second Team Reserves
DE #86 C.J. Olaniyan #95 Carl Nassib* #90 Garrett Sickels, #96 Torrence Brown
DT #98 Anthony Zettel #88 Tyrone Smith* #93 Antoine White
DT #99 Austin Johnson #41 Parker Cothren #91 Tarow Barney
DE #18 Deion Barnes #31 Brad Bars 94 Evan Schwan, #52 Curtis Cothran
OLB #26 Brandon Bell #25 Von Walker* #20 Jordan Dudas*, #7 Koa Farmer
MLB #43 Mike Hull #8 Gary Wooten #44 Troy Reeder
OLB #5 Nyeem Wartman #40 Jason Cabinda #35 Matthew Baney*
CB #9 Jordan Lucas
#15 Grant Haley #12 Jordan Smith, #16 Devin Pryor*
SS #4 Adrian Amos #6 Malik Golden #27 Colin Harrop*
FS #23 Ryan Keiser* #39 Jesse Della Valle* #2 Marcus Allen
CB #10 Trevor Williams OR #3 Da'Quan Davis #1 Christian Campbell, #21 Amani Oruwariye
Sp. First Team Second Team Reserves
K #97 Sam Ficken #37 Chris Gulla* #99 Joey Julius*
P #37 Chris Gulla* #92 Danny Pasquariello* #93 Robby Liebel*
KR #22 Akeel Lynch #7 Geno Lewis #25 Von Walker*, #4 Adrian Amos
PR #9 Jordan Lucas #39 Jesse Della Valle* #82 Gregg Garrity*, #3 DeAndre Thompkins
LS #44 Tyler Yazujian* #46 Hunter Crafford* #41 Zach Ladonis*
H #23 Ryan Keiser #37 Chris Gulla* #31 Adam Geiger*