The sixth official depth chart for the 2015 season was unveiled today. Have a look:
|Wide Receiver||6||Deante Burton||15||Zach Reuter||13||Steven West|
|Left Tackle||55||Cody Whitehair||76||Ajahne Brager||78||Bryce Fitzner|
|Left Guard||77||Boston Stiverson||70||Will Ash||69||Reed Bergstrom|
|Center||71||Dalton Risner||69||Reed Bergstrom||67||Reid Najvar|
|Right Guard||68||Luke Hayes||OR||56||Terrale Johnson||70||Will Ash|
|Right Tackle||65||Matt Kleinsorge||64||Aaron Bennett||75||A.J. Allen|
|Tight End||80||Cody Small||OR||88||Dayton Valentine||84||Zach Heiman|
|Quarterback||8||Joe Hubener||18||Zach Davidson||19||Kody Cook|
|Fullback||48||Glenn Gronkowski||OR||38||Winston Dimel||39||Austin Katsorelos|
|Running Back||32||Justin Silmon||24||Charles Jones||3||Dalvin Warmack|
|Wide Receiver (Slot)||19||Kody Cook||81
||Kyle Klein||12||Stanton Weber|
|Wide Receiver||4||Dominique Heath||2||Andre Davis||31||Taylor Hilgers|
|Defensive End||75||Jordan Willis||93||Davis Clark||51||Reggie Walker|
|Defensive Tackle||95||Travis Britz||92||Matt Seiwert||94||C.J. Reese|
|Defensive Tackle||60||Will Geary||97||Demonte Hood||99||Trey Dishon|
|Defensive End||45||Marquel Bryant||34||Tanner Wood||50||Jordan Kupersmith|
|Weakside Linebacker||9||Elijah Lee||58||Trent Tanking||47||Myles Copeland|
|Middle Linebacker||35||Will Davis||41||Sam Sizelove||59||Jayd Kirby|
|Strongside Linebacker||52||Charmeachealle Moore||57||Colborn Couchman||36||Logan Thompson|
|Nickelback (Cat Safety)||10||Donnie Starks||13||Ryan Mack||24||Nate Jackson|
|Cornerback||33||Morgan Burns||5||Jesse Mack||13||Ryan Mack|
|Strong Safety||24||Nate Jackson||21||Kendall Adams||29||Sean Newlan|
|Free Safety||4||Kaleb Prewett||29||Sean Newlan||18||Brogan Barry|
|Cornerback||7||Danzel McDaniel||8||Duke Shelley||24||Nate Jackson|
|WILDCAT SPECIAL TEAMS|
|Place-Kicker||3||Jack Cantele||OR||16||Matthew McCrane||40||Ian Patterson|
|Punter||14||Nick Walsh||OR||9||Mitch Lochbihler||40||Ian Patterson|
|Punt Returner||87||Dominique Heath||2||Andre Davis||33||Morgan Burns|
|Kickoff Returner||33||Morgan Burns||4||Dominique Heath||3||Dalvin Warmack|
|Kickoff Specialist||40||Ian Patterson||8||Dillon Wilson||16||Matthew McCrane|
|Holder||23||Collin Sexton||12||Stanton Weber||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.
Wow, this was unexpected. You usually can count on less than one hand the number of times any changes are made to the official depth chart mid-season, much less this many wholesale changes in one week.
Let's start with wide receiver, where Reuter's promotion over Weber has been made official. The shuffling continues at running back, where the official chart has been reorganized to reflect the obvious changes I made a week earlier.
More significant is the shake-up on the offensive line, where Ash and Johnson traded places and an "OR" popped up between Hayes and Johnson. To anybody watching the games, though, these moves are absolutely no surprise.
Finally, there's Davidson debuting as backup quarterback despite never having taken a college snap before. That's right, it's our sixth-string quarterback stepping into the revolving door. What does this say about Banks and Cook?
If you're looking for some stability, look no further than the front seven, which is unchanged for the sixth straight week. (Except for Kupersmith replacing Joshua Little, who's apparently joined Darreyl Patterson in quitting.)
Whatever you do, though, don't you dare look at the second-- oh, no, my eyes!
Bill Snyder's still playing a little coy here, because I think the mid-game move of Jackson to cornerback and Newlan to strong safety could stick if McDaniel keeps playing like you-know-what. But the moving of the Macks is spot on.
More interesting is the removal of Dante Barnett and Cre Moore, which tells us a lot about both players' respective situations. Into the void steps Shelley, the first true freshman in years (or ever?) to start his first-ever college game.
It doesn't appear that Burns' injury is as serious as Barnett's, but if it is, we appear to be in good hands. Did you notice how TCU never picked on Shelley and Kolby Listenbee was silent for virtually the whole game?
This kid is gonna be a player. The only question I have is: Why the hell wasn't he getting on the field earlier?
The only change here is adding Warmack to the kick return team, where he is filling in for Burns next to Heath.
What are your thoughts on the sixth depth chart of the season? Let's get some discussion going in the comments!