Sorry for the absence for a couple days. A couple of assignments took me away from filing stuff.
Anyway, the two-deep depth chart was released Thursday. A few observations below.
QB Tevin Washington Synjyn Days
BB Preston Lyons Charles Perkins
AB Orwin Smith Embry Peeples
AB Roddy Jones B.J. Bostic
WR Tyler Melton Jon Lockhart or Jeremy Moore
WR Stephen Hill Daniel McKayhan
LT Phil Smith Catlin Alford
LG Will Jackson J.C. Lanier
C Jay Finch Nick McRae
RG Omoregie Uzzi Trey Braun
RT Tyler Kidney Ray Beno
DE Jason Peters Anthony Williams or Euclid Cummings
DT Logan Walls T.J. Barnes
DE Izaan Cross Emmanuel Dieke or Christopher Crenshaw
OLB Jermiah Attaochu Malcolm Munroe
ILB Julian Burnett Quayshawn Nealy
ILB Daniel Drummond Albert Rocker
OLB Steven Sylvester Brandon Watts
CB Rod Sweeing Ryan Ayers
S Rashaad Reid Lance Richardson
S Isaiah Johnson Fred Holton
CB Louis Young Michael Peterson
K Justin Moore David Scully
P Sean Poole Chandler Anderson
LS Tyler Morgan
A few thoughts
1. I suppose very rarely is a position ever “sewn up” in the world of Paul Johnson, but most of the positions have, at the least, strong leaders for starting jobs. I’d say the most competitive position battles will be at B-back, both offensive tackle spots, punter and kicker.
2. You’ll notice none of the incoming freshmen are included. Johnson said about a week ago that 10 or 11 could play this fall. The incoming wide receivers will probably make the strongest push.
3. One of those freshmen who’ll play almost certainly is backup right guard Trey Braun. He was the only freshman to enroll in January and is behind Omoregie Uzzi.
4. Notable player not on the two-deep: A-back Tony Zenon, who made a strong push in spring practice and caught Johnson’s attention.
5. Deepest group: Defensive line, with three returning starters and a lot of experience among the backups. A-back would be a close second.
6. Thinnest group: Offensive line. The right tackle candidates, Tyler Kidney and Ray Beno, have played in a combined nine games. Three of the No. 2 linemen have never played in a game either on the line (J.C. Lanier) or at all (Braun and Catlin Alford). Beno has played in three games.
7. Three starting seniors on offense, four on defense. Five seniors on the defensive 22, four on offense (none on the offensive line).