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Penn State Depth Chart: Let's Play A Game, Both Hypothetically and Against Illinois

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It's nearly Halloweekend, so I was gonna photoshop Jigsaw's head on James Franklin for this fun hypothetical. Pretend I did that.

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Let's play a game. Pretend for a minute that you're James Franklin. Now, okay hold on you can't fire John Donovan just yet wait a second. Just play along with my hypothetical, okay?

This week, you're setting up your depth chart as you get set to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini, who have put up solid showings in losses to Iowa and Wisconsin, and had a nailbiter victory over what can only ostensibly be described as Nebraska. Your offensive line looked better, but still not great, in a close win over Maryland. You have no idea what the defense did, but it was the first really bad game they've had in ages.

What do you, dear reader, change on the depth chart from last week to this week to insure a win against Illinois? Brendan Mahon has taken a spot on the bench, Saquon has moved up to the number one spot at running back, and we're back to Danny P at punter. How do you secure a seventh win, on Halloween, at home? Once you answer, then you can fire Donovan.

Coaches: HC James Franklin OC John Donovan DC Bob Shoop
Off. First Team Second Team Reserves
QB #14 Christian Hackenberg #9 Trace McSorley #4 Tommy Stevens
RB #26 Saquon Barkley #22 Akeel Lynch #24 Nick Scott/#8 Mark Allen
FB #34 Dom Salomone

WR-X #12 Chris Godwin #13 Saeed Blacknall #84 Juwan Johnson
WR-Z #7 Geno Lewis #80 Matt Zanellato
TE #88 Mike Gesicki #11 Brent Wilkerson #87 Kyle Carter
WR-F #5 DaeSean Hamilton #3 DeAndre Thompkins #10 Brandon Polk
LT #73 Paris Palmer #58 Chance Sorrell
LG #66 Angelo Mangiro #53 Derek Dowrey #71 Albert Hall
C #55 Wendy Laurent #66 Angelo Mangiro
RG #72 Brian Gaia #68 Kevin Reihner
RT #59 Andrew Nelson #70 Brendan Mahon #60 Noah Beh
Def. First Team Second Team Reserves
DE #95 Carl Nassib #19 Torrence Brown #52 Curtis Cothran
DT #98 Anthony Zettel #91 Tarow Barney #93 Antoine White
DT #99 Austin Johnson #41 Parker Cothren
DE #90 Garrett Sickels #94 Evan Schwan
OLB #11 Brandon Bell #43 Manny Bowen #25 Von Walker
MLB #40 Jason Cabinda #8 Gary Wooten #38 Ben Kline
OLB #42 Troy Reeder #33 Jake Cooper
CB #15 Grant Haley #29 John Reid #21 Amani Oruwariye
FS #2 Marcus Allen #28 Troy Apke
SS #9 Jordan Lucas #6 Malik Golden #7 Koa Farmer
CB #10 Trevor Williams #1 Christian Campbell #12 Jordan Smith
Sp. First Team Second Team Reserves
K #99 Joey Julius #95 Tyler Davis
P #92 Dan Pasquariello #37 Chris Gulla
KR #10 Brandon Polk #24 Nick Scott #7 Koa Farmer
PR #3 DeAndre Thompkins #10 Brandon Polk #8 Mark Allen
LS #44 Tyler Yazujian #41 Zach Ladonis #97 Nick Cox
H #37 Chris Gulla #93 Robby Liebel #16 Billy Fessler