The school recently released the 2011 Football Media Guide. Browsing through the guide, we get our first glimpse at the 2011 Preseason Depth Chart. After comparing the preseason depth chart to the last published 2010 depth chart for the Virginia game, here is a position by position delta:
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends. With Clyde Lee academically ineligible for the season, Alex Amidon slots in as the seconds string wide out behind a hopefully healthy Colin Larmond Jr. Johnathan Coleman drops out of the two deep behind Momah, Larmond, Swigert and Amidon. With both Chris Pantale and Lars Anderson back, there's no change to the depth chart at TE.
Offensive Line. There are obviously a lot of question marks around this year's offensive line -- including who will replace Anthony Castonzo at LT -- but a quick glance at the first string line doesn't show too too many changes. The Eagles are going from a line of Castonzo-Richman-Spinney-Claiborne-Cleary to one that features Wetzel-Richman-Spinney-White-Cleary. Richman, Spinney and Cleary return, while John Wetzel replaces Castonzo at LT and Ian White replaces Thomas Claiborne at RG. Consistency was a big problem for the line last year so I'm glad to see Richman, Spinney and Cleary returning to where they left off.
Quarterback. This one was a bit of a surprise for me. We've gone from a depth chart that read Chase Rettig and Mike Marscovetra to Chase Rettig and Dave Shinskie OR Josh Bordner. What happened to Marsco? It's not that I think Marsco is head and shoulders above Shinskie or Bordner, but it is an unexpected drop off when you go from second string to fourth string. This also means we are one injured QB away (knock wood) from seeing a possible return to the field for Shinskie.
Running Back and Fullback. No change at running back, with Montel Harris the 1 and Andre Williams the 2. I'm interested in seeing how Rogers plans on using our fullbacks. Lars Anderson and Mike Naples replace outgoing seniors James McCluskey and Codi Boek.
Defensive Line. Both DE Max Holloway and LT Kaleb Ramsey return as starters, while Dillon Quinn replaces Damik Scafe at RT and Kasim Edebali replaces Brad Newman at DE. The 6-6 264 true freshman Mehdi Abdesmad cracks the two-deep as Holloway's backup, and I'm excited to see if Abdesmad can contribute straight away.
Linebackers. Both Kuechly and KPL are back, so the only change to the starters in the linebacking corps is either Steele Divitto or Nick Clancy replacing Mark Herzlich at SLB. Will Thompson moves from backing up Kuechly at MLB to backing up KPL at WLB. Despite having to replace Herzlich at SLB, this should again be a very strong unit for the Eagles in 2011.
Secondary. FS Okechukwu Okoroha and FC Donnie Fletcher are again starters, but there are changes at BC and SS. A little surprised to see Dominick LeGrande beat out Jim Noel for the starting SS position. Noel is now slotted behind true freshman Al Louis-Jean at starting BC. Much like Abdesmad, I'm excited to see ALJ take the field this fall.
Specialists. No change to the depth chart at either kicker or punter, natch. Luke Kuechly and Marscovetra were removed from backup snapper (Spinney for Kuechly) and holder (Quigley for Marsco) positions. The biggest change in the specialists is Bobby Swigert taking over primary kick return and punt return duties from Montel Harris (kickoffs) and Andre Williams (punts). Hopefully Swigert can provide a spark in the return game this season, as both BC's kick and punt returns ranked in the bottom sixth in the country last season.
Full depth chart after the jump.
WR Colin Larmond Jr. 6-3 202 Jr.
Alex Amidon 5-11 185 So.
RG Ian White 6-5 298 So.
Harris Williams 6-4 298 R-Fr.
QB Chase Rettig 6-3 212 So.
Dave Shinskie 6-4 220 Jr. OR Josh Bordner 6-4 224 R-Fr.
FB Lars Anderson 6-3 236 Sr.
Mike Naples 6-4 240 So.
DE Max Holloway 6-2 253 Jr.
Mehdi Abdesmad 6-6 264 Fr.
RT Dillon Quinn 6-6 292 So.
Conor O'Neal 6-3 299 Jr.
DE Kasim Edebali 6-2 249 So.
Dan Williams 6-3 250 Sr.
WLB Kevin Pierre-Louis 6-1 212 So.
Will Thompson 6-1 236 Sr.
SS Dominick LeGrande 6-3 211 Sr.
Dominique Williams 6-0 209 R-Fr.
FS Okechukwu Okoroha 6-1 205 Jr.
Sean Sylvia 6-0 196 R-Fr.
FC Donnie Fletcher 6-1 195 Sr.
Al Louis-Jean 6-2 183 Fr.
BC C.J. Jones 5-11 178 So.
Jim Noel 6-4 185 Jr.
LS Sean Flaherty 6-2 220 Jr.
Mark Spinney 6-4 282 Sr.
PR Bobby Swigert 6-1 184 So.
Montel Harris 5-10 207 Sr.
KR Bobby Swigert 6-1 184 So.
Alex Amidon 5-11 185 So.