Two former York County football standouts are listed on the second team in the latest depth chart released by the Penn State football program on Tuesday.
Central York High School graduate Kyle Baublitz is the second-team defensive left tackle behind Jordan Hill. Dallastown High School graduate Ben Kline is the second-team outside linebacker behind Michael Mauti.
Baublitz confirmed after spring practice that he had been moved from defensive end to defensive tackle -- a move the former Panther said he was enthusiastic about.
"I tried (defensive tackle) a little bit during spring (practice), and when we had the spring game, I played a little defensive tackle and I had a lot of fun. I told (the coaches) 'this is fun' and
Hill (6-1, 298) is a senior with 17 career starts who is expected to be one of the leaders of the PSU defense and an All-America candidate. After redshirting in 2010, Baublitz (6-5, 270) saw limited duty in 2011 as a redshirt freshman at defensive end, finishing with one solo tackle and one quarterback hurry in 13 games played. He had four tackles in the spring Blue-White Game.
The Nittany Lions recently found themselves shorthanded at defensive tackle when Evan Hailes had to give up football because of a blood-clot disorder. Hailes is expected to remain with the team as a graduate assistant.
Baublitz said he expects to have to gain some weight to play inside, estimating that he needed to put on about 10 pounds. Penn State normally rotates its defensive linemen, which means that Baublitz may see significant playing time this fall.
Kline (6-2, 224), meanwhile, redshirted as a freshman last season. He's coming off a strong performance in the Blue-White Game, when he had five tackles and intercepted a pass. Mauti (6-2, 239), like Hill, is expected to be one of PSU's senior defensive leaders, although he has suffered through some injury woes in his PSU career.
Depth chart highlights: Following are some of the other highlights from the latest PSU depth chart:
---Redshirt sophomore Paul Jones is No. 2 on the depth chart at quarterback. New PSU head coach Bill O'Brien announced last Friday that fifth-year senior Matt McGloin would be the Nittany Lions' starting quarterback. Junior Rob Bolden, who has shared time as the PSU starter with McGloin the last two years, is listed on the third team.
---Twelve seniors are listed on the first team, seven on defense and five on offense. Senior wide receiver Justin Brown has 19 career starts, the most among all returnees.
---Sophomore Adrian Amos has returned to cornerback after playing safety at the conclusion of spring drills. Amos and redshirt junior Derrick Thomas are listed as the top two candidates at right cornerback.
---Redshirt freshman Anthony Zettel has moved from defensive tackle to defensive end. Zettel and redshirt freshman Deion Barnes will enter preseason camp in August battling for the No. 2 spot behind fifth-year senior Pete Massaro.
---The depth chart includes shared first-team listings at wide receiver (Allen Robinson or Shawney Kersey), left guard (Miles Dieffenbach or Marc Arcidiacono) middle linebacker (Glenn Carson or Khairi Fortt) and right cornerback (Amos or Thomas).
---Thirteen offensive positions -- three wide receivers, two tight ends, tailback, fullback, quarterback and five linemen -- are listed with the first team.
---One of the biggest surprises is on the offensive line, where redshirt freshman Donovan Smith has moved from first-team right to left tackle. Smith spent the spring competing with Mike Farrell at right tackle. Junior Adam Gress, the first-team left tackle in the Blue-White Game, has moved to right tackle. Gress is still on the first team. Center Matt Stankiewitch and right guard John Urschel complete the offensive line.
---Garry Gilliam and Kyle Carter are first-team tight ends, Brown and Devon Smith are at wide receiver, Silas Redd is the tailback and Michael Zordich is the fullback.
---The first-team defense includes defensive ends Sean Stanley and Massaro, defensive tackles Hill and DaQuan Jones, outside linebackers Gerald Hodges and Mauti, left cornerback Stephon Morris, free safety Malcolm Willis, and strong safety Jake Faganno.
---Anthony Fera (kicker and punter), McGloin (holder), Ty Howle (kick snapper), Amos and Bill Belton (kickoff returners), and Brown and Belton (punt returners) are the first-team specialists.
---Junior running back Curtis Dukes, who missed spring drills for academic reasons, is not listed on the depth chart. O'Brien said last week that Dukes needs a good academic performance this summer to play in the fall.