Here are the changes from
the spring version...
Chris Jacquemain, then
Carlton Jackson, then
Matt Rodgers. In
J.D. Brookhart'sweekly press conference, he said the staff trusts Jacquemain more not to commit turnovers. He added that Rodgers is the most mature freshman he's ever dealt with.
Running back --
Dennis Kennedy, then
Bryan Williams. No love for
Alex Allen or
Andre Walker? Walker previously was the second-stringer. I figured Allen would be No. 2 after camp. He was very impressive.
Wide receiver --
Jabari Arthur and
Stephon Fuqua are starters.
Alphonso Owen and
Brandon Williams will back them up.
Marcus Patterson and
Richard Sandilands are third string. This is another surprise to me, as I thought that, other than Arthur, Williams and Owen looked best in practice.
Tight end -- It remains
Merce Poindexter and
Jose Cruz. I thought
Brian Flaherty would have crept up that list, but he still should play with the many two-tight end sets the new offense will feature.
Left tackle --
Chris Kemme, then
Keith Huebner, then
Left guard --
Mike Ward, then
Mike Schepp, then
Elliott Bates. As the only lineman listed at two positions, the sophomore Bates figures to play a lot.
Right guard --
Zack Anderson, then
Jason Sekinger. Both players came to campus as touted blockers. With Anderson, in particular, I was wondering when he'd break into the starting lineup.
Right tackle --
Corey Woods, then
Zac Kasparek. The younger Kasparek is the only true freshman on the offensive depth chart, other than Rodgers.
Joe Tuzze, then
Joe McDaniel. The players were tied going into the spring. The question is, how often will
Joe Moorhead call plays including a fullback.
Defensive end --
Almondo Sewell, then
Nose guard --
Wallace Pendleton, then
Nate Robinson, then
Dan Marcoux. This position will belong to
Eric Lively once
Jared Cecchetti returns from a broken foot sometime around Week Four. The inclusion of Marcoux (pronounced MAR-koo) indicates he will be one of the true freshman to see time on the defensive front.
Defensive tackle -- Lively, then
Viktor Rajek. Until Week Four, that is.
Strongside linebacker (SAM) --
Brion Stokes, then
Parris McNeal. McNeal is one of two Zips to obtain a fifth-year of eligibility under Proposition 48. The other is
MIKE (named in honor of Zips blogger Mike Rasor, or perhaps it means middle linebacker) --
Kevin Grant, then
Ray Siler. Some might call it dumb luck, but Siler seems to be in position to make plays a lot. He had at least two turnovers returned for touchdowns this spring.
Doug Williams, then
Amin Kabir. No change from the spring.
John Mackey, then
Wayne Cobham. No change.
Strong safety --
Chevin Pace, then
Brandon Anderson. Anderson held the job after the spring.
Free safety --
Andre Jones, then
Yamari Dixon. No change.
Front cornerback -- Corner, then
Miguel Graham. Graham is a juco transfer playing his junior season.
Back cornerback -- Davanzo Tate, then
Rodney Etienne. While Tate excels at pass coverage, Etienne can lay one helluva hit.
Place kicker --
Igor Iveljic, then
Matt Domonkos. Neither impressed me this fall. It looks like
Zack Campbell will just watch this season unless there is a repeat of last season.
Holder -- Mackey, then Sandilands. The backup was Carlton Jackson.
Snapper -- Schepp, then Sekinger. It appears the team will differentiate between snaps on punts and place kicks.
John Stec, then
Andy Hildreth. Hildreth is longer, but Stec gets the ball off faster and maintains a longer hangtime.
Long snapper -- Flaherty, then Campbell. How many teams have a kicker as a snapper?
Kick returner -- Bryan Williams
or Alphonso Owen.
Punt returner -- Andre Jones, then Brandon Anderson.