DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: Week 2

After Friday night's debacle, changes would seem to be in order, but you won't find them on the Week 2 depth chart. - Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

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

Sorry this post is a little late. Blame the mothership and its technical support issues, which prevented me from accessing the HTML code I needed until just recently.

The second 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 | 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 Mike 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 3 Jack Cantele OR 16 Matthew McCrane | 8 Dillon Wilson
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

The only change here is Keenan Taylor switching places with Boston Stiverson, which merely acknowledges the latter's status as likely injured, based on rumors and his failure to appear once in the North Dakota State game.

As for the "OR" between Torell Miller and Kyle Klein, and between Jack Cantele and Matthew McCrane, I think we can consider those settled. Miller started and Klein did not play, and the same with Cantele and McCrane.

As for the tight ends, nothing seems to have been resolved. Andre McDonald played first, but appeared to miss some key blocks and didn't see the field after that. The only catch belonged to Zach Trujillo. The battle continues.

Defense

Curiously, Kip Daily drew the start over Dorrian Roberts in the 4-3 alignment, even though the latter is listed higher on the depth chart. Maybe they were trying to go big to stop the run. Fat lot of help that turned out to be.

Roberts played more and was much more impressive. He led the secondary in tackles, broke up several passes, and appeared to be a physical hitter and tackler. Daily seemed to struggle with decision making and speed.

Can anyone tell me what's up with the linebackers? None of the second-string guys, all of whom are faster than the starters, saw the field, not even on special teams. I simply can't figure that out.

Experience isn't that important, and it's not like Blake Slaughter and Tre Walker weren't missing tackles left and right anyway. Why not let Dakorey Johnson and Mike Moore miss tackles instead and learn?

The defensive line played out like we expected, although Chris Brown and Valentino Coleman barely saw the field, and Demonte Hood got trucked by a quarterback. Let's hope Travis Britz is not too hurt, because we need him.

Laton Dowling looked woefully inadequate at defensive end, and the others aren't too much to write home about, either. I think the coaches seriously need to consider burning a redshirt or two at this position to have a pass rush.

Special Teams

Cantele handled all kickoffs and Krause handled all punts. The latter needs to improve his hang time. The punt return by North Dakota State was partially due to its insufficiency.

As for returns, maybe Sean Snyder needs to think about some faster upbacks, such as Deante Burton and Judah Jones, instead of the lumbering Dowling and Zach Nemechek. Every other team we play is going to do that, too.

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