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DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: Week 2

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

A surprise entry on last week's depth chart proved Saturday that he belongs on the field. Who will be this week's big mover and shaker?
A surprise entry on last week's depth chart proved Saturday that he belongs on the field. Who will be this week's big mover and shaker?
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The second 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 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

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 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
POSITION NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER
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.

Offense

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.

Defense

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.

Special Teams

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.