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Penn State Football Notebook: Matt McGloin Seeing First-Team Reps at Quarterback

by on April 18, 2012 10:13 AM

Updated at 6:30 p.m.

Depth Chart

Practice No. 13 is in the books, and the annual Blue-White Game is just three days away.

Anxious for what could be the depth chart for Saturday?

Of course you are . . .

Offense

QB - Matt McGloin/Rob Bolden/Paul Jones

RB - Silas Redd/Zach Zwinak/Bill Belton

FB - Michael Zordich

WR - Justin Brown/Allen Robinson

WR - Christian Kuntz/Shawney Kersey

WR - Shawney Kersey/Matt Zanellato

TE - Garry Gilliam/Jesse James/Kevin Haplea

LT - Adam Gress/Nate Cadogan/Luke Graham

LG - Miles Dieffenbach/Angelo Mangiro/Patrick Christie

C - Matt Stankiewitch/TyHowle/Frank Figueroa

RG - John Urschel/Eric Shrive/Khamrone Kolb

RT - Donovan Smith/Mike Farrell/Kevin Blanchard

Note: Wide receiver is lacking depth because of injuries to Alex Kenney (knee/ankle) and Devon Smith (left foot sprain), so many guys rotated. Smith was seen walking with a slight limp in street clothes, sans motorized cart.

Defense

DE - Sean Stanley/C.J. Olaniyan/Kyle Baublitz

DE - Pete Massaro/Deion Barnes/Brad Bars

DT - Jordan Hill/Anthony Zettel/Cody Castor

DT - DaQuan Jones/James Terry/Tyrone Smith

LB - Gerald Hodges/Ben Kline

LB - Glenn Carson/Michael Yancich

LB - Jamie Van Fleet/Mike Hull

CB - Stephon Morris/Derrick Thomas

CB - Curtis Drake/Adrian Amos/Jesse Della Valle

Saf. - Malcolm Willis/Tim Buckley

Saf. - Jacob Fagnano/Stephen Obeng-Agyapong

Notes: Amos was seeing safety work in individual drills as well . . . Linebacker Khairi Fortt did not practice Wednesday. His status for Saturday is in doubt . . .  Obeng-Agyapong was wearing a red no-contact jersey on Wednesday and had a sleeve over his shoulder.

Earlier at 12 p.m. — Stanley: 'I Haven't Made the Impact I Wanted to'

Senior defensive end Sean Stanley appears to have nailed down one of the starting jobs along the defensive line.

But getting reps on the field hasn't been the issue with Stanley. Last season, he played in all 13 games and made 6.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

"Over my career I've done all right," Stanley said Wednesday. "I haven't made the impact I wanted to."

Stanley is aiming for a double-digit sack season, which would almost certainly lead to All-Big Ten recognition.

"We’ve had great players here," Stanley said. "They all made their impact. I just see it as my time."

Earlier at 10:13 a.m. — Adam Gress is the Man to Beat Out at Left Tackle

By the second week of spring practice, redshirt junior Adam Gress was seeing most of the first-team reps at left tackle.

Thank you, Craig Fitzgerald.

Gress added about eight pounds to get to 310 and decreased his body fat, leading the first-year strength and conditioning coach to say Gress looked like an NFL lineman.

He said on conference call Wednesday morning the improvements in the weight room have translated to explosion on the field.

Limited to back-up duty and special teams work a year ago, in large part because of veteran tackles Quinn Barham and Chima Okoli, Gress set out this winter knowing full well four spots on the offensive line were open.

Heading into the summer season, he's the guy to beat out at left tackle.

"Having not started before and me coming into my last two seasons, having the new staff come in gave me the opportunity to set a new pace and I guess prove myself," Gress said. "I wanted to make sure I was gonna get the best out of these two years so I turned it up a bit."

So was the decision to move Gress to the left side early in the spring a signal the coaching staff is entrusting him to be an anchor on the offensive line?

There is a position battle at right tackle.

And remember, all three of the contenders for the starting quarterback position are right-handed, meaning the left side is the blind side.

Position Battle at Right Tackle

Gress started the spring at right tackle before making the switch to the left side by the end of the first week.

Left in his wake is a position battle between senior Mike Farrell and redshirt freshman Donovan Smith.

"I couldn't even tell you who gets the majority of reps because I'm focused on myself on the other side," Gress said. "It's kind of up in the air."

During the brief 30-minute peek the media saw of practice Wednesday, Smith was seeing first-team reps.

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Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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