Penn State’s roster got it’s official mid-summer update earlier this week as 30 new names — 20 scholarship players and 10 walk-ons — arrived on campus to begin their college careers.
Given Penn State’s depleted roster situation, this season will be as good a chance as any for the rookies to see the field in some capacity.
The following rundown doesn’t include the freshmen who enrolled back in January (like QB Michael O’Connor) and it’s expected that more walk-ons will be added after the second summer session of classes.
For those District 2 fans out there, Scranton Prep’s Noah Beh will be wearing No. 60. Here are the rest of the new uniform numbers, plus heights and weights provided by Penn State.
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• 2 Marcus Allen, DB | 6-foot-2, 196 pounds | Big-hitter who you’ll be seeing plenty of by 2015 (if not sooner) with three senior safeties leaving after this season
• 23 Mark Allen, RB | 5-foot-7, 184 pounds | Instrumental in keeping many of Bill O’Brien’s recruits in the fold but may not see the field right away
• 85 Troy Apke, WR | 6-foot-1, 185 pounds | Was busy this past spring winning district track medals and competing at PIAAs
• 60 Noah Beh, OL | 6-foot-6, 257 pounds | Scranton Prep grad already beginning to fill out his big frame, much to the delight of line coach Herb Hand
• 13 Saeed Blacknall, WR | 6-foot-3, 210 pounds | Has the potential and skillset to be the biggest star in the recruiting class… but maybe not right out of the gate
• 75 Brendan Brosnan, OL | 6-foot-6, 286 pounds | Late in Paterno’s tenure, PSU struggled to develop the bulkiest of OL prospects — that may change now
• 96 Torrence Brown, DL | 6-foot-3, 253 pounds | A potential to play linebacker or rush end, will start out in the trenches despite lack of numbers at LB
• 40 Jason Cabinda, LB | 6-foot-1, 248 pounds | Despite an offseason run-in with the law, his chances to play skyrocketed because of Ben Kline’s injury
• 1 Christian Campbell, DB | 6-foot-1, 183 pounds | Like Torrence Brown, was a last-minute addition from Alabama who could be redshirting
• 7 Koa Farmer, DB | 6-foot-1, 208 pounds | Coaches are very excited to start working with him, should have a great chance to play on both defense and special teams
• 88 Mike Gesicki, TE | 6-foot-6, 231 pounds | Tweeted the other day that he posted a 40-inch vertical since arriving, which is incredible/terrifying
• 12 Chris Godwin, WR | 6-foot-2, 210 pounds | Perhaps a bit more polished than his WR classmates, giving him a leg up on playing as a freshman
• 15 Grant Haley, DB | 5-foot-9, 186 pounds | Franklin and staff prefer their corners to have “length” (read: they like them taller) but Haley also excels as a return man
• 9 Trace McSorley, QB | 6-foot, 192 pounds | He may not finish his college career at quarterback, but that’s certainly where PSU needs him to work at now
• 21 Amani Oruwariye, DB | 6-foot-1, 193 pounds | Hopefully will redshirt if for no other reason than to give us an extra year to learn how to pronounce his name
• 44 Troy Reeder, LB | 6-foot-1, 244 pounds | Probably a middle linebacker in the future, he may end up practicing on the outside as well this summer
• 24 Nick Scott, RB | 5-foot-11, 192 pounds | Hopes to pick up some tips from Bill Belton as a versatile option out of the backfield
• 58 Chance Sorrell, OL | 6-foot-5, 291 pounds | Line coach Herb Hand is a big fan of the Ohio native, who may have the highest ceiling of this OL class
• 20 Johnathan Thomas, RB | 5-foot-11, 215 pounds | Coming off of an ACL injury, figures to be in line for a redshirt with two seniors at the top of the depth chart
• 19 Daquan Worley, DB | 5-foot-10, 180 pounds | Nearing the nine-month mark since major knee surgery suffered during senior season at Coatesville
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Walk-ons (Run-ons, if you prefer)
• 69 Adam DeBoef, OT | 6-foot-5, 265 pounds | Unlike many of his freshman teammates on the line, this State High grad is already designated as a tackle
• 16 Billy Fessler, QB | 5-foot-11, 183 pounds | Erie native, Cathedral Prep grad adds another arm in camp, replacing departed walk-on Austin Whipple
• 92 Joey Holmes, DT | 5-foot-10, 268 pounds | Scranton Prep grad will be rejoining former teammate Noah Beh, giving PSU four total LFC alums on the roster
• 99 Joey Julius, P | 5-foot-11, 200 pounds | Turned down a soccer scholarship at SIU-Edwardsville, one of a few candidates to replace Sam Ficken in 2015
• 29 Brandon Kuntz, WR | 6-foot-4, 200 pounds | Brother of former PSU receiver Christian Kuntz from Harrisburg area has a similar frame
• 57 Marshall Lefferts, OL | 6-foot-2, 330 pounds | Comes to Happy Valley all the way from Dallas (Texas, not the Back Mountain)
• 93 Robby Liebel, P | 6-foot-2, 200 pounds | A Florida native who teamed with QB Michael O’Connor last season at IMG Academy
• 73 Steve Myers, OL | 6-foot-2, 315 pounds | Pottstown native who was an all-conference selection at Owen J. Roberts H.S.
• 92 Daniel Pasquariello, P | 6-foot, 199 pounds | An Aussie! And one who could very well challenge Chris Gulla for the starting punting job
• 79 Charlie Schuman, OT | 6-foot-8, 305 pounds | Massive New Yorker elected to walk on at PSU over a scholarship offer from Old Dominion