The following depth chart is based on a true story.
A quiet week of news is a positive as we head into Week 6, and Penn State’s sixth consecutive week of play. Following a road-trip to take on Northwestern the team will have a bye week to recover from any nagging injuries that may be limiting them on the field. Just in time for back-to-back games against Michigan and Ohio State that will shake-up the race for the Big Ten East crown.
Changes are slow to appear in the depth chart, and this week they don’t completely match what we saw on the field against Indiana. The starting right tackle spot remains Chasz Wright OR Andrew Nelson even though Will Fries made the start at RT this past Saturday. Likewise Saeed Blacknall remains listed behind DeAndre Thompkons at the Wide Receiver (Z) position despite making the start against the Hoosiers. The only change to the depth chart this week is the removal of the ‘OR’ designation between Shane Simmons and Colin Castagna suggesting the redshirt freshman Simmons is starting to separate himself as the primary back-up to Shareef Miller (this has been reflected on the field as well.
Despite suffering an apparent rib injury on Saturday that kept him out of the second half, Mike Gesicki remains listed as the starting tight end. While we can’t read into it too much, it isn’t bad news. An update from last week’s injury report regarding Nick Bowers, he was spotted in pre-game warm-ups this past weekend. If Gesicki is out for an extended period of time, Bowers’ athleticism may earn him some playing time.