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DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: The Final Countdown

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BracketCat breaks down the depth chart by position group based on his predictions from the DAYS TO KICKOFF roster countdown series and analyzes what might have changed since he made those predictions.

Ryan Mueller is a stone-cold lock to be listed as a starter when the official depth chart is unveiled later today.
Ryan Mueller is a stone-cold lock to be listed as a starter when the official depth chart is unveiled later today.
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By popular demand, here's a comprehensive overview of where I have projected players to fall on the depth chart that will be released later today (with slight spoilers for the last few entries in the DAYS TO KICKOFF roster countdown series):

WILDCAT OFFENSE
Position No. Player No. Player No. Player
Wide Receiver 16 Tyler Lockett 2
Andre Davis 13 Steven West
Left Tackle 75 A.J. Allen 76 Ajhane Brager 72 Aderius Epps*
Left Guard 55 Cody Whitehair 70 Will Ash 79 Chance Allen*
Center 66 B.J. Finney 61 Drew Liddle 69 Reed Bergstrom
Right Guard 77 Boston Stiverson 67 Reid Najvar 74 Kason Hostrup
Right Tackle 68 Luke Hayes 65 Matt Kleinsorge 64 Aaron Bennett
Tight End 85 Zach Trujillo 80 Cody Small 88 Dayton Valentine
Quarterback 15 Jake Waters 17 Jesse Ertz 9 Taylor Laird
Fullback 48 Glenn Gronkowski 89 Zach Nemechek 34 Adam Weber
Running Back 28 Jarvis Leverett Jr. 24 Charles Jones 20 DeMarcus Robinson
Wide Receiver (Slot) 14 Curry Sexton 12 Stanton Weber 23 Collin Sexton
Wide Receiver 81 Kyle Klein 6 Deante Burton 7 Judah Jones
Place-Kicker 3 Jack Cantele 40 Ian Patterson 16 Matthew McCrane

WILDCAT DEFENSE
Position No. Player No. Player No. Player
Defensive End 44 Ryan Mueller 75 Jordan Willis 90 Laton Dowling
Nose Tackle 95 Travis Britz 60 Will Geary OR 78 Terrell Clinkscales
Defensive Tackle 99 Valentino Coleman 92 Matt Seiwert 97 Demonte Hood
Defensive End 45 Marquel Bryant 34 Tanner Wood 9 Elijah Lee
Strongside Linebacker 52 Charmeachealle Moore 58 Trent Tanking 55 Isaiah Williams*
Middle Linebacker 35 Will Davis 3 D'Vonta Derricott 47 Myles Copeland
Weakside Linebacker 21 Jonathan Truman 32 Dakorey Johnson 6 Isaiah Riddle
Cornerback 24 Nate Jackson OR 7 Danzel McDaniel 10 Donnie Starks
Strong Safety 22 Dante Barnett 17 Weston Hiebert 25 Joseph Bonugli
Nickel Back (Cat Safety) 15 Randall Evans 7 Danzel McDaniel 10 Donnie Starks
Free Safety 20 Dylan Schellenberg 29 Sean Newlan OR 2 Travis Green
Cornerback 33 Morgan Burns 13 Jesse Mack 23 Cre Moore
Punter 9 Mitch Lochbihler 14 Nick Walsh 40 Ian Patterson

WILDCAT SPECIAL TEAMS
Position No. Player No. Player No. Player
Punt Returner 2 Andre Davis 16 Tyler Lockett 7 Judah Jones
Kickoff Returner 16 Tyler Lockett 2 Andre Davis 7 Judah Jones
Kickoff Specialist 40 Ian Patterson 8 Dillon Wilson 16 Matthew McCrane
Holder 9 Mitch Lochbihler 14 Nick Walsh 17 Jesse Ertz
Long Snapper 46 Dalton Converse 43 Drew Scott 38 Dalton Harman

Based on the scattered reports coming out of fall camp, I already know much of this is wrong, as we will discover officially around noon today. The offensive line is by far the area where I blew it the most.

Despite my wishful thinking, neither of the JUCOs seems likely to start and Cody Whitehair will be our starting left tackle. If I had to redo this, it would go Whitehair-Stiverson-Finney-Liddle-Kleinsorge or something like that.

It also sounds like I should have had more faith in Deante Burton's ability to win a starting role. But I stand by my pick of Leverett to start. If he hadn't been injured, he still might have. And I was right about Jones beating Robinson.

As for defense, I feel really good about all of the projected starters, although it sounds like Travis Green and even Kaleb Prewett are really pushing a possibly injured Dylan Schellenberg.

Regarding backups and the JUCO impact of Clinkscales, Derricott and Riddle, we shall just have to wait and see.

Players with asterisks are no longer on the team as of this writing, but still were when I made the projections.

Now the waiting begins...