DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: Week 1

Question not the Purple Wizard's inaugural depth chart? Well, we chose to do it anyway. - USA TODAY Sports

BracketCat breaks down the depth chart by position group, and looks at what he predicted correctly and what he didn't quite see coming.

The first 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 Boston Stiverson | 79 Keenan Taylor | 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 | 28 Jarvis Leverett Jr.
Wide Receiver (Slot) 14 Curry Sexton | 6 Deante Burton | 12 Stanton Weber
Wide Receiver 86 Tramaine Thompson | 2 Stephen Johnson | 13 Steven West
Place-Kicker 3 Jack Cantele OR 16 Matthew McCrane | 8 Dillon Wilson

WILDCAT DEFENSE
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Defensive End 44 Ryan Mueller | 94 Alauna Finau | 54 Taylor Godinet
Nose Tackle 98 Chaquil Reed | 97 Demonte Hood OR 79 Chris Brown
Defensive Tackle 95 Travis Britz | 99 Valentino Coleman OR 92 Matt Seiwert
Defensive End 45 Marquel Bryant | 90 Laton Dowling | 75 Jordan Willis
Strongside Linebacker 50 Tre Walker | 52 Charmeachealle Moore | 37 Cody Marley
Middle Linebacker 53 Blake Slaughter | 35 Will Davis | 47 Myles Copeland
Weakside Linebacker 21 Jonathan Truman | 32 Dakorey Johnson | 6 Tate Snyder
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 OR 48 Ethan Hammes | 9 Mitch Lochbihler

WILDCAT SPECIAL TEAMS
Position No. Player | No. Player | No. Player
Punt Returner 86 Tramaine Thompson | 16 Tyler Lockett | 14 Curry Sexton
Kickoff Returner 16 Tyler Lockett | 86 Tramaine Thompson | 6 Deante Burton
Kickoff Specialist 16 Matthew McCrane | 8 Dillon Wilson | 40 Ian Patterson
Holder 38 Mark Krause | 48 Ethan Hammes | 19 Kody Cook
Long Snapper 63 Marcus Heit | 46 Dalton Converse | 43 Drew Scott

By way of analysis, I'll hit the high points for each major position grouping.

Offense

Not too many surprises here, as befits a unit returning the majority of its starters (and the entire offensive line).

I was vocal in my prediction that Jake Waters would be named the starter, even before Daniel Sams' injury concerns came to light. Consistency always is the watchword at this position.

There are persistent rumors that Boston Stiverson may have broken his foot again, a six-week injury, so his being listed ahead of Keenan Taylor is ... interesting. I interpret that to mean it's his spot when he's healthy again.

Stephen Johnson's inclusion is intriguing, albeit not entirely surprising after his performance in the spring game. I still would rate him seventh among the listed wide receivers, however, even though it says he's a backup.

I took quite a few liberties when filling in the blanks for the third string, although much of it is based on my observations from the spring game. As the season progresses, I will update these to reflect playing-time patterns.

Defense

Now this is where the real fun is. There were a few surprises here, although almost all of the pleasant variety.

Let's start with the defensive line. I was pleased to see my prediction of Marquel Bryant starting over Alauna Finau bore fruit. Laton Dowling slides up to replace the departed Devon Nash, and we badly need him to perform well.

The starting tackles are unchanged from the spring, but the backups sure are interesting. Despite his late arrival, Chris Brown is making things interesting, and Valentino Coleman looks to have a Vai Lutui-type impact.

Now linebackers: As with Brown, Dakorey Johnson is making immediate headway after his delayed enrollment. All else is as we expected. I threw Tate Snyder a bone because it's time for him to play at last, but I don't expect much.

Finally, the defensive backfield. I took some liberties here in going with a 4-2-5 alignment instead of the depth chart's preferred 4-3 look. We only play a 4-3 something like 25 percent of the time, based on the last two seasons.

Given that, I figure Kip Daily is the closest to being the "third" corner of the non-starters listed. Randall Evans obviously is the nickel guy. Although Sean Newlan is the future at free safety, I slid him over to cat safety for fun.

Special Teams

Is it a good sign when the most interesting and likely most heated position battles are for kicker and punter?

Of all the positions on the team, I think we know the least about these. I like Jack Cantele to win out at kicker, but maybe not handle kickoffs in favor of one of the other scholarship kickers.

Both punters are seniors, and I'm guessing the coaches would like to limp through this season with them and redshirt Mitch Lochbihler in order to save him for the next four years. But if the other two suck, he may have to play.

As unsettled as those positions are, long snapper is legitimately two guys deep and there are absolutely zero fears at the return positions, obviously. This unit once again should be a difference-making strength for the Wildcats.

What are your thoughts about the first depth chart of the season? Let's get some discussion going in the comments!

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