The USF football team wrapped up its spring practices last week and now the updated depth chart has been released by the program. Here is the depth chart with a few surprises along the way.
Let’s start on offense. The offensive line came together like it was reported throughout the practices. Kofi Amichia is the veteran at left tackle. Cameron Ruff, Michael Galati and Dominique Threatt were all penciled is the big men in the middle. The interesting thing to note is Bill Atterbury getting the nod after the spring and keeping Glen Bethel, who came in as a big time prospect, as the number two player. Now a lot can change before Townson in the fall, but for now, it shows how far he has really come.
The skill positions are not that surprising with Rodney Adams, AJ Legree (Ryeshene Bronson was hurt most of the spring), and Marquez Valdes-Scantiling getting the starting spots on the depth chart. The real interesting thing to note is the quarterback position with Brett Kean getting a slight edge of Asiantii Woulard. Kean had a tremendous spring and really impressed a lot of people with his arm. It will be interesting to see if he can hold that back-up spot once the fall begins.
On defense, there are a few things to note. At defensive end, Kirk Livingstone, who redshirted last year, is ahead Juwuan Brown and Mike Love, both of which played last year. Again, it’s early, but it does show how far the redshirt freshman has come. Another note on the defensive line is Bruce Hector stepping ahead of Deadrin Senat. Hector was impressive this spring and is poised for a huge year in 2016. At linebacker, Nigel Harris and Auggie Sanchez are the veteran returners. Cecil Cherry, who had a great spring, is now on the depth chart showcasing his talent already.In the secondary there are two things I notice right away. Number one is Austin Hudson moving up the chart with Devin Abraham injured during the practices and Nate Godwin moving to Striker. The other was redshirt freshman Jaymon Thomas on the top of the depth chart at strong safety. The 6’3″ Thomas had a ton of picks during the practices and has earned his early depth chart spot. The defensive line looks solid enough but I still have my questions about the overall depth. On the flip side, the secondary and linebackers are just loaded and its a fun group to watch.
On special teams, there aren’t any surprises here. Emilio Nadelman, Brent Gordon, Alex Salvato, Rodney Adams and Tajee Fullwood are all back at their respective positions so no surprises there.
Thoughts? Any position surprise you at all?