DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: Week 9

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BracketCat breaks down the depth chart by position group to see what has changed since the Baylor game.

Sorry this is later in the week than I normally like it to be, but I figured the pressure to deliver on time is diminished somewhat since we're 2-4 and these never change anyway. So I took an extra long bye-week vacation.

The seventh official depth chart for the 2013 season was unveiled Tuesday. Have a look:

WILDCAT OFFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Wide Receiver 16 Tyler Lockett | 88
Torell Miller OR 81 Kyle Klein
Left Tackle 78 Cornelius Lucas | 68 William Cooper | 74 Kason Hostrup
Left Guard 55 Cody Whitehair | 70 Will Ash | 72 Aderius Epps
Center 66 B.J. Finney | 61 Drew Liddle | 63 Gabe Bergmann
Right Guard 77 Keenan Taylor | 79 Boston Stiverson | 69 Reed Bergstrom
Right Tackle 73 Tavon Rooks | 65 Matt Kleinsorge | 71 Chance Allen
Tight End 18 Andre McDonald OR 85 Zach Trujillo | 87 Andre Jackson
Quarterback 15 Jake Waters | 4 Daniel Sams | 19 Kody Cook
Fullback 48 Glenn Gronkowski | 89 Zach Nemechek | 34 Adam Weber
Running Back 33 John Hubert | 5 Robert Rose | 20 DeMarcus Robinson
Wide Receiver (Slot) 14 Curry Sexton | 6 Deante Burton | 12 Stanton Weber
Wide Receiver 86 Tramaine Thompson | 2 Stephen Johnson | 83 Logan Stephens
Place-Kicker 3 Jack Cantele | 16 Matthew McCrane OR 8 Ian Patterson

WILDCAT DEFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Defensive End 44 Ryan Mueller | 90 Laton Dowling | 75 Jordan Willis
Nose Tackle 98 Chaquil Reed | 97 Demonte Hood | 79 Chris Brown
Defensive Tackle 95 Travis Britz | 99 Valentino Coleman | 92 Matt Seiwert
Defensive End 94 Alauna Finau | 45 Marquel Bryant | 52 Mike Moore
Strongside Linebacker 50 Tre Walker | 52 Mike Moore | 37 Cody Marley
Middle Linebacker 53 Blake Slaughter | 35 Will Davis | 47 Myles Copeland
Weakside Linebacker 21 Jonathan Truman | 32 Dakorey Johnson | 57 Colborn Couchman
Cornerback 4 Dorrian Roberts | 33 Morgan Burns | 24 Nate Jackson
Strong Safety 22 Dante Barnett | 13 Travis Green | 25 Joseph Bonugli
Nickel Back (Cat Safety) 15 Randall Evans | 5 Jonathan Coleman | 29 Sean Newlan
Free Safety 12 Ty Zimmerman | 20 Dylan Schellenberg | 17 Weston Hiebert
Cornerback 7 Kip Daily | 2 Carl Miles Jr. | 10 Donnie Starks
Punter 38 Mark Krause | 48 Ethan Hammes | 9 Mitch Lochbihler

WILDCAT SPECIAL TEAMS
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Punt Returner 86 Tramaine Thompson | 16 Tyler Lockett | 12 Ty Zimmerman
Kickoff Returner 16 Tyler Lockett | 86 Tramaine Thompson | 33 Morgan Burns
Kickoff Specialist 3 Jack Cantele | 40 Ian Patterson | 16 Matthew McCrane
Holder 38 Mark Krause | 48 Ethan Hammes | 19 Kody Cook
Long Snapper 63 Marcus Heit | 46 Dalton Converse | 43 Drew Scott

Well, I lied a little. There was one change. Ian Patterson was added to the kicker depth chart in an "OR" pairing with backup place-kicker Matthew McCrane, a true freshman who has yet to actually play.

This effectively makes Patterson the backup kicker, which is validated by the fact that he's the only person other than Jack Cantele to kick it off this season. It also makes me question why sophomore Dillon Wilson is on scholarship.

Also, both Chris Brown and Matt Seiwert have been dropped from this latest depth chart, seemingly indicating the former will make next to no impact this season and the latter will redshirt after all. Those backup battles are over.

I made no other changes, although the depth chart continues to list Marquel Bryant as a starter over Alauna Finau (who's actually started the last four ballgames) and Jake Waters over Daniel Sams (in name only at this point).

Finally, an observation: The recent injuries to Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson have given us some insight into how the pecking order at wide receiver stands, despite what the chart might say. To wit:

  1. Tyler Lockett — unavailable against Baylor;
  2. Tramaine Thompson — unavailable against Baylor;
  3. Curry Sexton — actually has one more start than Thompson now;
  4. Torell Miller — four starts so far;
  5. Kyle Klein — two consecutive starts;
  6. Stephen Johnson — made his first career start against Baylor;
  7. Deante Burton — no starts yet, but has played in five consecutive games.

So, it seems we can read the chart as Starter A (Lockett), Starter B (Thompson), Starter C (Sexton), Backups A (Miller and Klein), Backup B (Johnson) and Backup C (Burton). In years past, the backups have been inverted.

Also, it says a lot about how far Burton has to go to receive significant playing time. He's clearly behind a walk-on who didn't really see the field until this season, although Johnson is having a great senior year on special teams.

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