The second official depth chart for the 2014 season was unveiled Tuesday. Have a look:
|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||61||Drew Liddle||OR||68||Luke Hayes||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||20||DeMarcus Robinson||OR||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|
|Defensive End||44||Ryan Mueller||90||Laton Dowling||34||Tanner Wood|
|Defensive Tackle||99||Valentino Coleman||97||Demonte Hood||OR||60||Will Geary|
|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||OR||24||Nate Jackson||13||Jesse Mack|
|WILDCAT SPECIAL TEAMS|
|Place-Kicker||3||Jack Cantele||OR||16||Matthew McCrane||40||Ian Patterson|
|Punter||9||Mitch Lochbihler||14||Nick Walsh||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 were no actual changes to the official depth chart this week, so I took the opportunity to make a few minor adjustments of my own.
Rather than continue to list a true freshman as the third-string left tackle, I moved Bennett over there to reflect that the coaches put him, and not Brager, in as Whitehair's immediate replacement when the latter was injured.
I took the liberty of adding an "OR" in between Liddle and Hayes because I noticed the coaches were quick to pull Liddle after he allowed a sack. Hayes also saw the most playing time of any backup offensive lineman.
Allen remains projected as the third-string right tackle in hopes that he eventually gets his act together, but he was not suited up for the first game and may have an injury or eligibility situation, so this is subject to change.
The coaches clearly prefer to play senior fullback Nemechek at his old position as a tight end rather than blow Valentine's redshirt until they know if Cody Small will return to health, so I updated the chart to reflect that situation.
I moved Robinson ahead of Jones to reflect the former's start, but this clearly is a position where either man could start on a given day depending on personnel and formation. I also though Jones did a little more (such as score) with his carries than Robinson, but the difference between the two was minimal at best.
Kyle Klein was not suited up and clearly is injured, so I replaced him with Hilgers, who was the ninth wide receiver to see snaps in the Stephen F. Austin game.
All six defensive tackles and all five scholarship defensive ends played, so no real changes on the defensive line.
Godinet probably played mostly on special teams, but I decided to throw him a bone since it's clear that Lee only will line up a defensive end in the third-down jet package.
The utter failure of Derricott and Riddle to get on the field in any capacity against an over-matched opponent does not bode well, but I left them on there for now in the hope that they will put things together.
Besides, who else would I put on there? The only other linebackers who played were Colborn Couchman and David Smith, and they were exclusively on special teams.
I flipped Hiebert and Newlan since Hiebert seems more like Schellenberg in playing style and I didn't like the idea of Newlan competing with Prewett for snaps when they're both more likely to be running mates in future seasons.
McDaniel remains ahead of Jackson on the official chart, but as with Liddle and Hayes, he was pulled pretty quickly after a mistake. I thought both did some very positive things, but both also made some bad mistakes. Jury's out.
I'll leave the "OR" between Cantele and McCrane for a while, even though it's obviously Cantele's job barring injury.
As I expected, Patterson will continue as the kickoff specialist even though they removed that position from the depth chart for some inexplicable reason.
Converse did not suit up and Scott handled all of the long snaps. He acquitted himself very well, so this could be a position battle in the future, but for now, I'll leave it as Converse's job to lose after he is able to play again.