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DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: Week 8

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

Valentino Coleman seems to back in command of a starting nose tackle position.
Valentino Coleman seems to back in command of a starting nose tackle position.
David Purdy

The eighth official depth chart for the 2014 season was unveiled Tuesday. Have a look:

WILDCAT OFFENSE
POSITION NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER
Wide Receiver 16 Tyler Lockett 7 Judah Jones 13 Steven West
Left Tackle 55 Cody Whitehair 76 Ajhane Brager 64 Aaron Bennett
Left Guard 77 Boston Stiverson 70 Will Ash 61 Drew Liddle
Center 66 B.J. Finney 69 Reed Bergstrom 61 Drew Liddle
Right Guard 68 Luke Hayes 61 Drew Liddle 67 Reid Najvar
Right Tackle 65 Matt Kleinsorge 64 Aaron Bennett 74 Kason Hostrup
Tight End 85 Zach Trujillo 89 Zach Nemechek 80 Cody Small
Quarterback 15 Jake Waters 8 Joe Hubener 17 Jesse Ertz
Fullback 48 Glenn Gronkowski 89 Zach Nemechek 34 Adam Weber
Running Back 20 DeMarcus Robinson 24 Charles Jones 28 Jarvis Leverett Jr.
Wide Receiver (Slot) 14 Curry Sexton 2
Andre Davis 12 Stanton Weber
Wide Receiver 6 Deante Burton 19 Kody Cook 31 Taylor Hilgers

WILDCAT DEFENSE
POSITION NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER
Defensive End 44 Ryan Mueller 90 Laton Dowling 34 Tanner Wood
Defensive Tackle 99 Valentino Coleman 60 Will Geary 97 Demonte Hood
Defensive Tackle 95 Travis Britz 91 DeAndre Roberts OR 92 Matt Seiwert
Defensive End 75 Jordan Willis 45 Marquel Bryant 9 Taylor Godinet
Strongside Linebacker 9 Elijah Lee 57 Colborn Couchman 47 Myles Copeland
Middle Linebacker 32 Dakorey Johnson 35 Will Davis 3 D'Vonta Derricott
Weakside Linebacker 21 Jonathan Truman 58 Trent Tanking 31 Kip Keeley
Nickel Back (Cat Safety) 15 Randall Evans 10 Donnie Starks 28 Nate Guidry Jr.
Cornerback 33 Morgan Burns 23 Cre Moore 13 Jesse Mack
Strong Safety 22 Dante Barnett 4 Kaleb Prewett 29 Sean Newlan
Free Safety 2 Travis Green 20 Dylan Schellenberg 17 Weston Hiebert
Cornerback 7 Danzel McDaniel 24 Nate Jackson 30 Corey Jackson

WILDCAT SPECIAL TEAMS
POSITION NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER
Place-Kicker 16 Matthew McCrane 3 Jack Cantele 40 Ian Patterson
Punter 14 Nick Walsh 9 Mitch Lochbihler 40 Ian Patterson
Punt Returner 16 Tyler Lockett 14 Curry Sexton 2 Andre Davis
Kickoff Returner 16 Tyler Lockett 33 Morgan Burns OR 24 Charles Jones
Kickoff Specialist 40 Ian Patterson 3 Jack Cantele 8 Dillon Wilson
Holder 23 Collin Sexton 14 Nick Walsh 9 Mitch Lochbihler
Long Snapper 46 Dalton Converse 43 Drew Scott 38 Dalton Harman

By way of analysis, I'll hit the high points for each major position grouping. There were no changes to the official depth chart this week, but I took the opportunity to continue making more minor adjustments of my own.

Offense

There are no changes this week.

It is, however, worth noting that K-State has started four wide receivers in every game this year except Stephen F. Austin. I am toying with the idea of adding one more receiver position to reflect Cook's persistent starter status.

That might make the code a little messy, though, since I still would want to retain fullback and tight end as starting positions, despite Gronkowski and Trujillo each only drawing one start this season.

What do you think?

Defense

The "OR" is now gone from between Coleman and Geary.

Coleman has drawn the last two starts and played well, leading me to suspect Geary's starting was more about an injury to Coleman than it was the latter being outplayed in practice.

The Davis-Johnson merry-go-round at middle linebacker continued for another week, with Davis sliding back in and Johnson not playing against Texas. I suspect Johnson's ankle still is bothering him, and the coaches likely will try to survive with Davis and/or a six-defensive-back look against Oklahoma State, then bring Johnson back for TCU.

I'm still leaving Green ahead of Schellenberg even though it's pretty apparent now that Green is lost for the season. But as with Charmachealle Moore, I don't delete someone for good until the official depth chart does, too.

Evans returned to wearing No. 15 this week, so that change is reflected.

Special Teams

No changes here.