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Penn State’s Updated Defensive Depth Chart

With five defensive starters opted out and Tariq Castro-Fields not dressed, here is how Penn State’s defense looks to set up for today’s Outback Bowl against Arkansas.


Defensive Line:

DE Nick Tarbutron

DT Coziah Izzard

DT Dvon Ellies

DE Smith Vilbert

Of these four, only Tarburton and Izzard have been regular starters, and Izzard started the season as a reserve before taking on an increased role due to PJ Mustipher’s injury


Curtis Jacobs 

Jonathan Sutherland 

Jesse Luketa

Only Jacobs is a regular starter. Sutherland’s normal position is safety, and Luketa’s is defensive end.

Defensive backfield

CB Joey Porter Jr.

CB Kalen King

S Ji’Ayir Brown

S Keaton Ellis

Porter and Brown are regular starters. King is filling in for Castro-Fields, and Ellis for the opted-out Jaquan Brisker.


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