Reviewing the depth chart before McNeese State

Posted: August 26, 2013 in Football

Well, we’ve been asking and waiting for a depth chart and just days before the Bulls take the field against McNeese State, Coach Taggart released his depth chart and there were a few surprises on it. 

Quarterback

Matt Floyd/ Steven Bench/ Bobby Eveld

Over the weekend, Floyd was named the starter and appears to be the guy going forward.  Both Bench and Eveld are both listed as the co-starters, not showing one is ahead of the other.  Mike White is not on the depth chart and unless something happens, he should take a redshirt for the year.  If Floyd went down for some reason, it would be a toss-up who would come in after him.

Running back

Marcus Shaw/ Mike Pierre

Shaw has earned the praises from all of the coaches this spring and seems to be maturing as a player, something the Bulls need in the backfield.  Shaw is a smaller back, so having Pierre, a big back, should help provide a one-two punch for the running game.  I would expect this running back position to become a three headed monster with Darius Tice getting some playing time and we could see Stafon McCray at some point if the other backs don’t give the team enough production.

Fullback

Ryan Eppes/ Auggie Sanchez

It is pretty surprising to see Eppes at stater for fullback.  Eppes has been a quarterback and linebacker for the Bulls, but seems to have done enough this fall for the fullback spot.  Auggie Sanchez is a promising player that can do a  lot, either in the running game and in the passing game.  I wonder where Kennard Swanson is right now on the depth chart.

Wide receiver

Deonte Welch/Chris Dunkley

Andre Davis/Jordan Duval

Welch and Davis as the two starters is just what I predicted but the depth behind them is surprising.  Duval has impressed coaches but has never caught a pass in his career so it’s interesting he is this high over Derrick Hopkins and Ruben Gonzalez.  Chris Dunkley is another surprise as well.  He was behind after sitting out the entire spring and missed time in the fall with an ankle issue, but I guess he is ready to go and should be a nice spark for the passing game.

Tight end

Sean Price/Mike McFarland

No surprise here.  Price and McFarland are the big time tight ends for the offense but look for Jake Carlton and possibly Guito Ervilus to sneak in for playing time as well.

Left tackle – Darrell Williams/ Jake Kaufman

Williams is the most experienced left tackle USF has and seeing Kaufman healthy and on the roster is a good sign.

Left guard – Brynjar Gudmundsson/ Steven Jacques

Again, no surprise with Gudmundsson starting, but Jacques is an interesting name to see.  I was expecting to see a freshman like Ruff or Threatt to take a spot here (or Kameron Davis) but I guess the young guys are still a step behind.

Center – Austin Reiter/ Kofi Amichia

No shock here at all.  It is good to see Amichia on the two-deep after he missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Right guard – Lawrence Martin/ Max Lang

Martin is getting the nod with Thor Jozwiak missing time with his heart issue and now recovering and getting ready.  Lang is an interesting to see after he played at tackle last season.

Right tackle – Quinterrius Eatmon/ Mak Djulbegovic

Eatmon is a big time guy for the offensive line and it shows Djulbegovic has worked hard and is now right there on the depth chart for the offense.

Defensive end

Aaron Lynch/ Ryne Giddins

Tevin Mims/ Eric Lee

Again, no surprises here at all.  Lynch is a beast and expect to see a lot of Giddins playing this season.  With Forte out for a bit after minor knee surgery, Mims gets the start and Eric Lee will be a key reserve behind him.

Defensive tackle

Luke Sager/James Hamilton

Elkino Watson/ Anthony Hill

Sager and Watson are no surprises and Hamilton is a rising star.  It is strange not to see Todd Chandler on here and Anthony Hill who missed all of last year back on the two deep (didn’t hear about him all fall).  I would expect Derrick Calloway to rotate in this fall as well.

Linebackers

SAM – Zack Bullock/ CJ Garye

MIKE – Dede Lattimore/ Hans Louis

WILL – Reshard Cliett/Nigel Harris

Lattimore and Louis are entrenched in the middle.  True freshman Nigel Harris has moved up fast to become the back-up for Cliett.  The real surprise is Bullock and Garye taking over at SAM and not seeing Tashon Whitehurst on the depth chart.  I had figured it was Whitehurst and Bullock battling for the SAM spot, but Garye (like Cliett, converted safety) must have done more than anyone knew this fall to take the spot.

Safety

Mark Joyce/Nate Godwin

JaQuez Jenkins/Torrel Saffold

Joyce and Jenkins are no brainers.  Godwin has risen fast and has learned the schemes real well, a great sign to see from a true freshman.  Saffold is also there at safety, but could slide to play nickel if needed.

Cornerbacks

Brandon Salinas/Lamar Robbins

Kenneth Durden/Jalen Spencer

Again, no surprises at the starting positions.  It is good to see the talented freshman Lamar Robbins on the depth chart, he is a rising freshman that could make a major impact.  Spencer is another unique player that turned heads this fall and could see a lot of playing time.

On special teams, everyone we thought (Kloss, Ciabatti, Burdetsky) are all where they ought to be.  Durden is the guy at kick returns and speedy Derrick Hopkins could give the Bulls a spark in the return game.

So any surprises to you USF fans? Seeing Bullock and Hill on the two-deep is the only thing that jumps out to me.  I can’t wait for Saturday.

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