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2015 DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: Week 6

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

Facing the threat of Trevone Boykin exposed a lot of weaknesses for Jesse Mack and the rest of K-State's secondary. Line-up changes resulted.
Facing the threat of Trevone Boykin exposed a lot of weaknesses for Jesse Mack and the rest of K-State's secondary. Line-up changes resulted.
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The sixth official depth chart for the 2015 season was unveiled today. Have a look:

WILDCAT OFFENSE
POSITION NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER
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

WILDCAT DEFENSE
POSITION NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER
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
POSITION NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER NO. PLAYER
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.

Offense

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?

Defense

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?

Special Teams

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!