Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Penn State-Ohio State notes

For those that were hoping to look at this week's depth chart and see Michael Mauti and Bani Gbadyu replace starters Tyrell Sales and Josh Hull at linebacker, I got two words for you: fat chance. The depth chart advancing Saturday's big game with Ohio State was released this morning and was virtually the same as last week. That's no surprise. The Penn State depth chart is notoriously not very accurate. But based on what happened against Michigan, I'm sure many were hoping, praying, wishing for a change.

Penn State-Ohio State notes

For those that were hoping to look at this week's depth chart and see Michael Mauti and Bani Gbadyu replace starters Tyrell Sales and Josh Hull at linebacker, I got two words for you: fat chance. The depth chart advancing Saturday's big game with Ohio State was released this morning and was virtually the same as last week. That's no surprise. The Penn State depth chart is notoriously not very accurate. But based on what happened against Michigan, I'm sure many were hoping, praying, wishing for a change.

Sales and Hull's deficiencies -- plodding, slow reaction -- were blatantly exposed in the first quarter and a half against the Wolverines as Michigan built a 17-7 lead. When Mauti, a true freshman, and Gbadyu came in, however, the defense looked completely different and didn't allow a point from there on out.

While Sales and Hull will most likely start against the Buckeyes, expect to see more of Gbadyu and especially Mauti. Gbadyu started the season on the outside, but was eventually replaced by Navorro Bowman. He's played sparingly, while Mauti has played mostly on special teams. Both have superior speed to Sales and Hull. It looks like they have better instincts, as well.

As far as the injury report goes, safety Anthony Scirrotto, who suffered a concussion Saturday, was listed as probable.

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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