The third official depth chart for the 2015 season was unveiled today. Have a look:
|Wide Receiver||6||Deante Burton||12||Stanton Weber||13||Steven West|
|Left Tackle||55||Cody Whitehair||76||Ajahne Brager||78||Bryce Fitzner|
|Left Guard||77||Boston Stiverson||56||Terrale Johnson||69||Reed Bergstrom|
|Center||71||Dalton Risner||69||Reed Bergstrom||67||Reid Najvar|
|Right Guard||68||Luke Hayes||70||Will Ash||59||Jason Lierz|
|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||5||Alex Delton||18||Zach Davidson|
|Fullback||48||Glenn Gronkowski||OR||38||Winston Dimel||39||Austin Katsorelos|
|Running Back||24||Charles Jones||32||Justin Silmon||OR||3||Dalvin Warmack|
|Wide Receiver (Slot)||19||Kody Cook||81
||Kyle Klein||31||Taylor Hilgers|
|Wide Receiver||4||Dominique Heath||2||Andre Davis||10||Lucas Munds|
|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||90||Joshua Little|
|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||24||Nate Jackson||28||Nate Guidry Jr.|
|Cornerback||33||Morgan Burns||13||Ryan Mack||5||Jesse Mack|
|Strong Safety||22||Dante Barnett||21||Kendall Adams||18||Brogan Barry|
|Free Safety||4||Kaleb Prewett||29||Sean Newlan||24||Nate Jackson|
|Cornerback||7||Danzel McDaniel||23||Cre Moore||24||Nate Jackson|
|WILDCAT SPECIAL TEAMS|
|Place-Kicker||16||Matthew McCrane||3||Jack Cantele||40||Ian Patterson|
|Punter||14||Nick Walsh||9||Mitch Lochbihler||40||Ian Patterson|
|Punt Returner||4||Dominique Heath||12||Stanton Weber||33||Morgan Burns|
|Kickoff Returner||33||Morgan Burns||4||Dominique Heath||12||Stanton Weber|
|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.
One of only two changes here? Replacing Zach Reuter with Lucas Munds, who played briefly against South Dakota, although I overlooked that fact last week. Ironically, Reuter blew his redshirt playing on special teams at UTSA.
The other change was flipping Brager and Fitzner, because despite what the depth chart says, Brager has played extensively and Fitzner hasn't seen the field yet. Oddly, Bennett was the only reserve lineman not to play Saturday.
Welcome back, Andre Davis! (Actually, welcome, period.) I'm assuming Mr. Davis, like Mr. McDaniel, missed the first game due to a, ahem, chronic illness, but with another performance like that, I might move him up to a starter.
Oh, and it's really hard to keep listing Jones as a starter when 1) he's not better than at least one of his backups, and 2) he hasn't actually started a game this season. Maybe I should make Dimel the starting running back...
Jackson, who is actually the backup nickelback, has started games at cornerback and strong safety, proving that he is the backup at every spot in the secondary, so I amended to reflect that. But I find the lack of faith in Adams odd.
All accounts now are that Dishon and Walker will redshirt, but I will leave them in place until any other viable options for third-string defensive linemen are presented to me in the game participation chart. Kirby finally played, though.
No changes this week, but the extent of injuries to McCrane and Weber could lead to some shakeups later on.
What are your thoughts on the third depth chart of the season? Let's get some discussion going in the comments!