Here’s a look at the depth chart at the end of spring ball. This needs to be taken with a large grain of salt because of the number of notable players (Best and Nasty Nate, for starters) out with injuries. There is also room for some fall arrivals to make the two deep, particularly at wideout. That said, here’s where things stand now:
|(5) Syd’Quan Thompson||(2) Bernard Hicks||(20) Jesse Brooks*||(17) Chris Conte|
|(26) Darian Hagan||(25) Brett Johnson||(29) Marcus Ezeff||(27) Charles Amadi|
|Strong OLB||Strong ILB||Weak ILB||Weak OLB|
|(9) Eddie Young||(1) Worrell Williams||(7) Anthony Felder||(56) Zack Follett|
|(10) Devin Bishop||(18) Mike Mohamed||(3) D.J. Holt||(43) Charles Johnson|
|Strong DE||Nose Tackle||Weak DE|
|(44) Tyson Alualu||(98) Mika Kane||(95) Rulon Davis|
|(95) Ernest Owusu||(76) Derrick Hill||(97) Cameron Jordan|
Owusu and Jordan were two of the most impressive guys on the entire team this spring. They will definitely play notable minutes.
|Tight End||Left Tackle||Left Guard||Center||Right Guard||Right Tackle|
|(5) Cameron Morrah*||(79) Mike Tepper||(70) Mark Boskovich*||(51) Alex Mack||(55) Noris Malele||(58) Chet Teofilo|
|(83) Skylar Curran*||(71) Sam DeMartinis||(75) Matt Summers-Gavin||(57) Todd Huber||(74) T.J. Emery||(78) Justin Prueitt|
The offensive line, particularly the second string, is pretty muddled right now. I couldn’t find #54 Chris Guarnero, but it’s safe to assume he’ll be somewhere in the two deep. Tedford and Offensive Line Coach Michalczik have always emphasized that they’re looking for the top 8 guys, so looking at the second string as a whole is almost irrelevant. We’ll have to wait until fall to see who becomes the 7th and 8th guys.
*Cameron Morrah was sick for the last week for practice so Skylar Curran and Tad Smith shared first team reps in his place.
*Mark Boskovich and #73 Richard Fisher Split first team reps at Left Guard, so it’s unfair to call either of them second string. Matt Summers-Gavin ran with the second team at this position.
|Wide Receiver||Fullback||Quarterback||Tailback||Wide Receiver||Wide Receiver|
|(8) Nyan Boateng||(23) Will Ta’ufo’ou||(13) Kevin Riley*||(22) Tracy Slocum*||(3) Jeremy Ross||(84) Mike Calvin|
|(85) LaReylle Cunningham||(31) John Tyndall*||(10) Brock Mansion||(28) Covaughn DeBoskie||(88) Drew Glover||(40) Ian Albrecht|
*First, the elephant in the room: the starting quarterback has not been determined. Nate missed most of spring practice with an injury, but he was taking first team reps before he went down. This battle will (hopefully) be decided in the fall, and Mansion will be third string.
*Likewise, the starting (and backup) tailbacks have not been determined due to injury. Best participated in practice wearing the red (no contact jersey) and # 34 Shane Vereen missed a lot of time with a hamstring injury. Slocum had a strong spring, but with Best and Vereen healthy in the fall, it will be a tough competition. I would expect all three of them to get carries, and DeBoskie might see the field as well.
*The second string fullback appears to be up for grabs as well. Your guess is as good as mine.
Calvin, Boateng, and Ross are clearly the top 3 receivers, but it is wide open after them and I would expect some of the new recruits to make the two deep this fall. Drew Glover stepped in as the third receiver for Ross after Ross went down with an injury late in the spring.