Depth Chart Thoughts

Once again, we aren't exactly quick to react here, thanks to our day jobs, but we do give you things that most other places can't.  Namely, us.  Here's a look at the newly released depth-chart-les-miles-wants-you-to-think-is-right:

X 80 Terrance Toliver 6-5 206 Jr. 
2 Rueben Randle 6-3 201 Fr. 

LT 70 Ciron Black 6-5 322 Sr. 
76 Chris Faulk 6-6 316 Fr. 

LG 68 Josh Dworaczyk 6-6 281 So. 
60 Will Blackwell 6-4 298 Fr.-RS 

C 53 T-Bob Hebert 6-3 282 So. 
-or- 64 P. J. Lonergan 6-4 300 Fr.-RS 

RG 65 Lyle Hitt 6-2 295 Sr. 
72 Alex Hurst 6-6 324 Fr.-RS 

RT 78 Joseph Barksdale 6-5 315 Jr. 
75 Greg Shaw 6-5 301 So. 

TE 18 Richard Dickson 6-3 240 Sr. 
19 Deangelo Peterson 6-4 240 So. 
83 Mitch Joseph 6-5 275 So. 

Z 1 Brandon LaFell 6-3 206 Sr. 
21 Chris Tolliver 6-1 178 Fr.-RS 

3-Wide 86 Chris Mitchell 6-0 185 Sr. 
28 R.J. Jackson 6-0 202 Sr. 

QB 9 Jordan Jefferson 6-5 220 So. 
12 Jarrett Lee 6-2 225 So. 
-or- 10 Russell Shepard 6-1 188 Fr. 

RB 32 Charles Scott 6-0 234 Sr. 
5 Keiland Williams 6-0 221 Sr. 
-or- 8 Trindon Holliday 5-5 161 Sr. 
26 Richard Murphy 6-1 204 Jr. 

FB 45 Richard Dugas 6-1 271 Jr. 
35 James Stampley 5-10 240 So. 
33 Dominique Allen 5-11 275 Fr. 



LE 84 Rahim Alem 6-3 263 Sr. 
87 Chancey Aghayere 6-4 263 Fr.-RS 

LT 97 Al Woods 6-4 311 Sr. 
77 Josh Downs 6-1 275 Fr. 

RT 91 Charles Alexander 6-3 298 Sr. 
-or- 92 Drake Nevis 6-1 292 Jr. 

RE 95 Lazarius Levingston 6-4 269 Jr. 
89 Lavar Edwards 6-4 265 Fr.-RS 

Sam 24 Harry Coleman 6-2 206 Sr. 
11 Kelvin Sheppard 6-3 239 Jr. 

Mike 54 Jacob Cutrera 6-4 236 Sr. 
-or- 11 Kelvin Sheppard 6-3 239 Jr. 

Will 56 Perry Riley 6-2 245 Sr. 
22 Ryan Baker 6-0 221 So. 

LCB 29 Chris Hawkins 6-1 182 Sr. 
4 Jai Eugene 5-11 182 Jr. 
13 Ron Brooks 5-11 175 Fr.-RS 

SS 15 Brandon Taylor 6-0 191 So. 
37 Karnell Hatcher 6-2 207 So. 

FS 3 Chad Jones 6-3 225 Jr. 
44 Danny McCray 6-1 206 Sr. 

RCB 7 Patrick Peterson 6-1 211 So. 
17 Morris Claiborne 6-0 171 Fr. 


PK 30 Josh Jasper 5-11 165 So. 
38 Drew Alleman 5-11 185 Fr.-RS 

KO 30 Josh Jasper 5-11 165 So. 
38 Drew Alleman 5-11 185 Fr.-RS 

PR 8 Trindon Holliday 5-5 161 Sr. 
3 Chad Jones 6-3 225 Jr. 

KOR 8 Trindon Holliday 5-5 161 Sr. 
13 Ron Brooks 5-11 176 So. 
5 Keiland Williams 6-0 221 Sr. 

P 38 Derek Helton 6-0 188 Jr. 
30 Josh Jasper 5-11 160 Jr. 

SNP 85 Alex Russian 6-5 247 So. 
50 Joey Crappell 6-2 242 So. 

HOLD 38 Derek Helton 6-0 188 Jr. 
12 Jarrett Lee 6-2 225 So.

Thoughts after the jump.

  • It's a mild surprise that true freshman defensive tackle Josh Downs is in the 2-deep ahead of his more heralded classmate Chris Davenport, but given the tenuous nature of defensive tackle depth right now, I think both are going to play a good bit.
  • T-Bob Hebert apparently beat out P.J. Lonergan at center, at least for now.  At least, Hebert's name is listed at the front end of the or-clause and Lonergan's is the back end.
  • If you're a scholarship player who has been in the system for a full year or more, and if you're not on this list, I would say your prospects for playing time now and in the future are not very good.  An exception to that might be at linebacker where we are just so flush with senior talent and where junior Kelvin Sheppard is occupying two spots on the 2-deep.  I could really see Stefoin Francois or Kyle Prater busting through if they're patient.  Stevan Ridley would be another exception.
  • There are some true freshmen on there:  Russell Shepard, Rueben Randle, Josh Downs, Chris Faulk, Dominique Allen, Morris Claiborne.  
  • It's a mild surprise that Michael Brockers and/or Sam Montgomery did not make the 2-deep.  They're true freshmen defensive ends, and word was that both were really pushing Edwards and Aghayere for time.  I hope Aghayere's healthy.  He will be an absolute beast if he gets healthy and can round into the shape it looked like he could round into during his recruitment.
  • Other notable freshmen not on the list:  Barkevious Mingo, Michael Ford, Craig Loston, Bennie Logan, Kevin Minter.  Some of these are likely to see time on special teams though, as might Josh Johns, Rockey Duplessis, and others.
  • Rahim Alem is listed as a left defensive end and Pep Levingston is a right.  I think this is a simple mistake and that Alem will be at RDE and Levingston at LDE.
  • I think that the second team OL could end up being beastly when they get their chance.  
  • I still want Chris Faulk and Morris Claiborne to redshirt.  We have guys who have been in the system who can fill in when the game is already decided.  I hope they figure out a way to avoid using these guys unless they can really contribute in a competitive game.
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