Here it is the first depth chart of the game. First thought overall, head coach Steve Addazio has emphasized the depth of this team and it certainly reflects on this depth chart. Many positions have starters named with the good ole “or”, which to me means he has enough players to cycle them in, which is a good thing. Let’s break down some of the bigger news from this:
*The biggest news of course is that Steve Addazio did not name a starting quarterback. This isn’t much of a surprise as we will either have to wait for the ACC conference call, or the first offensive set to know if Anthony Brown or Darius Wade will start.
- The running back depth is certainly stacked with all five backs featured on the list. This gives Addazio a bunch of different options, whether it’s package based, or playing the hot hand.
- The offensive line two deep is very intriguing. It sounded like Chris Lindstrom would be starting at tackle, but he could be moving around to guard at different points as well. But no excuses this year, Addazio has 3 seniors, a junior and a sophomore starting.
- The wide receiver depth certainly shows up here on paper. Ben Glines, Nolan Borgersen, Kobay White are names that should be interesting to watch.
- At linebacker we already knew that Ty Schwab and Connor Strachan would be starting. It appears that sophomore Max Richardson will be getting the nod at MLB with John Lamont backing him up.
- Depth at defensive tackle is still concerning. Noa Merritt and Ray Smith will certainly be fine, but after them Jack Kenny and Kevin Cohee don’t have a lot of experience. Cross your fingers that they stay healthy this year.
- Who’s kicking the field goals? Who knows! Could be Colton Lichtenberg. Could be Mike Knoll. Could be Das Boot.
- Michael Walker will be returning kicks and punts again, which is good.