August 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM
Coach Bill O'Brien released a depth chart Monday, five days before Penn State's season opener with Ohio.
There weren't any shocking moves, but a few true freshman have moved up during camp. There are a total of six starting positions in which two players are listed as first string.
It seemed like Paul Jones had the backup quarterback spot locked down after he competed for the starting job in the spring and was the second-string signal caller on the last depth chart O'Brien released, which came in June. But freshman quarterback Steven Bench — who O'Brien had said was pushing Jones for the backup role behind starter Matt McGloin — is listed alongside Jones as the No. 2 quarterback.
Wide receiver Trevor Williams is another true freshman who is higher on the depth chart than some may have expected. Williams is named with Shawney Kersey as the starter in one of three wide receiver positions listed on the depth chart. Kersey, who was nursing a minor ankle injury during training camp, according to O'Brien, had the most productive 2011 of any returning Penn State wideout, as the redshirt junior made five catches for 108 yards last season.
The other five positions in which there is more than one player listed as the starter are as follows:
RT: Mike Farrell OR Adam Gress
WR: Alex Kenney OR Evan Lewis
DE: Deion Barnes OR Pete Massaro
DT: DaQuan Jones OR James Terry
S: Stephen Obeng-Agyapong OR Jake Fagnano
Also, after some uncertainty about the position from O'Brien in the last two weeks, Alex Butterworth is the Nittany Lions' starting punter.
The full depth chart can be found here.