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DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: Week 3

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

I think we finally might see a new starting running back against Auburn.
I think we finally might see a new starting running back against Auburn.
David Purdy

The third official depth chart for the 2014 season was unveiled last week. 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 67 Reid Najvar
Center 66 B.J. Finney 69 Reed Bergstrom 71 Dalton Risner
Right Guard 68 Luke Hayes 61 Drew Liddle 74 Kason Hostrup
Right Tackle 65 Matt Kleinsorge 64 Aaron Bennett 75 A.J. Allen
Tight End 85 Zach Trujillo 89 Zach Nemechek 88 Dayton Valentine
Quarterback 15 Jake Waters 8 Joe Hubener 17 Jesse Ertz
Fullback 48 Glenn Gronkowski 89 Zach Nemechek 34 Adam Weber
Running Back 24 Charles Jones 20 DeMarcus Robinson 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 OR 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 52 Charmeachealle Moore 9 Elijah Lee 47 Myles Copeland
Middle Linebacker 35 Will Davis 58 Trent Tanking 3 D'Vonta Derricott
Weakside Linebacker 21 Jonathan Truman 32 Dakorey Johnson 6 Isaiah Riddle
Nickel Back (Cat Safety) 15 Randall Evans 10 Donnie Starks 28 Nate Guidry Jr.
Cornerback 33 Morgan Burns 23 Cre Moore 30 Corey Jackson
Strong Safety 22 Dante Barnett 2 Travis Green 29 Sean Newlan
Free Safety 20 Dylan Schellenberg 4 Kaleb Prewett 17 Weston Hiebert
Cornerback 7 Danzel McDaniel 24 Nate Jackson 13 Jesse Mack

WILDCAT SPECIAL TEAMS
POSITION NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER
Place-Kicker 3 Jack Cantele OR 16 Matthew McCrane 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 14 Curry Sexton
Kickoff Specialist 40 Ian Patterson 8 Dillon Wilson 16 Matthew McCrane
Holder 23 Collin Sexton 9 Mitch Lochbihler 14 Nick Walsh
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 was just one actual change to the official depth chart this week, so I took the opportunity to continue to make a few minor adjustments of my own.

Offense

For the second time this season, Jones has supplanted Robinson as the presumptive starter at running back.

We shall see if that takes this time. If so, the kid's definitely earned it with his play. Unlike Robinson, he doesn't freelance or dance around — he just bursts up the field and breaks tackles.

Hayes started ahead of Liddle at right guard in Ames, so I'm moving him ahead for now, but it's hardly as if he has a lock on the position.

Defense

The changes here were minor. I flipped Geary and Hood, since the latter accumulated no statistics against Stephen F. Austin and did not play at Iowa State, whereas Geary was relied upon in goal-line defense, along with Roberts.

I will leave Willis ahead of Bryant for now, in accordance with the official depth chart, but that might change if the play of each continues as it did the week before last. The same with Truman and Johnson, too.

I removed the "OR" from McDaniel vs. Jackson. That battle clearly is over after McDaniel saved the day against ISU and Jackson didn't even play.

Special Teams

I'm going to have to remove that "OR" from Cantele and McCrane sooner or later.

But in the meantime, the most interest action happened at punter, where I think Walsh has stepped into the opportunity Lochbihler gave him after the short punt with no hangtime that was returned for a touchdown after his half-assed tackle attempt. Snyder had to just hate that play and everything it subsequently triggered.