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GUYS GUYS GUYS PENN STATE FOOTBALL IS ALMOST HERE AHHH

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We're days away from the first kickoff of the Penn State football season, and now the offseason position battles have been settled, at least for one game. That's right, the first depth chart of the year has finally dropped. There are plenty of interesting takeaways, and a few mild surprises, but overall nothing too shocking.

As we found out earlier this week, highly-touted JuCo transfer Paris Palmer will be protecting Christian Hackenberg's blindside as the offensive line looks to make some major strides in 2015 (it has nowhere to go but up). Mike Gesicki as the first string tight end is interesting, as he has undeniable talent and could be a beast as soon as this year, especially with Kyle Carter not seeming like an imminent threat to playing time. Speaking of tight end, Adam Breneman isn't on the first depth chart, which isn't shocking when you remember he hasn't played in nearly two years. Expect him to work his way up there as he shakes off the rust.

Joining him in the fan favorites who missed list, linebacker Ben Kline's recovery from a season-ending injury in 2014 is still a work in progress, as he misses the depth chart. Other than that, nothing too major on defense, as we see Koa Farmer's return to safety solidified and Grant Haley officially lay claim to CB 1 while being relieved of his special teams duties. Special teams, in fact, may be the most interesting part of it all. With Farmer and Saquon Barkley returning kicks and Mark Allen and DeAndre Thompkins on punts, there should be a lot more juice to the return game than in season past. Those of you longing for the blah consistency of Jesse Della Valle fair catches will be disappointed, but this should be a very exciting return game. Barkley, for his part, is one of only six true freshman to make the depth chart, along with Juwan Johnson, Tommy Stevens, Nick Cox, Brandon Polk, and John Reid.

Anything else in the depth chart interest you? Yell at me in the comments.

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 #22 Akeel Lynch #8 Mark Allen #24 Nick Scott/#26 Saquon Barkley
FB #34 Dom Salomone

WR-X #12 Chris Godwin #13 Saeed Blacknall #84 Juwan Johnson
WR-Z #5 DaeSean Hamilton #7 Geno Lewis #80 Matt Zanellato
TE #88 Mike Gesicki #11 Brent Wilkerson #87 Kyle Carter
WR-F #3 DeAndre Thompkins #10 Brandon Polk
LT #73 Paris Palmer #58 Chance Sorrell
LG #70 Brendan Mahon #68 Kevin Reihner #71 Albert Hall
C #66 Angelo Mangiro #55 Wendy Laurent
RG #72 Brian Gaia #53 Derek Dowrey
RT #59 Andrew Nelson #60 Noah Beh
Def. First Team Second Team Reserves
DE #95 Carl Nassib #52 Curtis Cothran #19 Torrence Brown
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 #25 Von Walker
MLB #5 Nyeem Wartman-White #8 Gary Wooten
OLB #40 Jason Cabinda #42 Troy Reeder
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 #7 Koa Farmer #26 Saquon Barkley #24 Nick Scott
PR #8 Mark Allen #3 DeAndre Thompkins #10 Brandon Polk
LS #44 Tyler Yazujian #41 Zach Ladonis #97 Nick Cox
H #37 Chris Gulla #93 Robby Liebel #16 Billy Fessler