We didn’t have any depth chart updates last week before facing Boston College, but there are some changes as we head to Nerbaska.
QB: 1. David Blough 2. Elijah Sindelar
RB: 1. D.J. Knox 2. Markell Jones. 3. Tario Fuller 4. Alexander Horvath
WR: Jared Sparks OR Terry Wright
WR: 1. Jackson Anthrop 2. Rondale Moore 3. Keyron Catlett
WR: Isaac Zico OR Jarrett Burgess
LT: 1. Grant Hermanns 2. Michael Mendez
LG: 1. Shane Evans 2. Dennis Edwards
C: 1. Kirk Barron 2. Viktor Beach
RG: 1. Dennis Edwards 2. Bearooz Yacoobi
RT: 1. Matt McCann 2. Eric Swingler
TE: 1. Cole Herdman OR Brycen Hopkins 2. Darius Pittman
The “or” is gone! David Blough is officially starting now, and it looks like he will be the guy going forward. I have no idea what Sindelar’s injury status is, but Blough has been solid the last two weeks and has earned it. Also, this makes the offensive line change official. Edwards shifts from left to right guard, McCann from right guard to right tackle, and Shane Evans is in at left guard with Swingler tot he bench. This offensive line has been much more effective, too.
DE: 1. Giovanni Reviere 2. Semisi Fakasiieiki
DT: 1. Lorenzo Neal 2. Ray Ellis OR Alex Criddle
DT: 1. Anthony Watts 2. Jeff Marks
DE: 1. Kai Higgins 2. Robert McWilliams III
LB: 1. Markus Bailey 2. Tobias Larry
LB: Cornel Jones OR Derrick Barnes
LB: 1. Derrick Barnes 2. Jaylan Alexander
CB: 1. Antonio Blackmon OR Kenneth Major 2. Kamal Hardy
FS: 1. Navon Mosley 2. Simeon Smiley or Elijah Ball or Cory Trice
SS: 1. Jacob Thieneman 2. Brennan Thieneman
CB: Tim Cason OR Dedrick Mackey
No official changes to the defensive depth chart, but most of these guys are rotating in anyway. Major now has interceptions in consecutive weeks and the younger Thieneman played a lot vs. BC.
Punter: 1. Joe Schopper 2. Jake Herr
Kicker: Spencer Evans OR J.D. Dellinger
Kickoffs: 1. Spencer Evans 2. Myles Homan
Long Snapper: 1. Ben Makowski 2. Ryan Sadkowski
Holder: 1. Joe Schopper 2. Jake Herr
Kick Returns: 1. Rondale Moore 2. D.J. Knox
Punt Returns: 1. Rondale Moore 2. Jackson Anthrop
Moore has been ahead of Anthrop on punt returns for two weeks and had a 20 yard return last week. That’s longer than anything Anthrop has done and adds yet another fun element. Spencer Evans was clearly sick on Saturday as he was vomiting on the sidelines and was replaced by Dellinger for placekicks and Homan for kickoffs. Evans failed to get touchbacks on two kickoffs (he is normally automatic there) and missed an extra point, so he deifnitely had issues.
As for Dellinger, he can hold on to his redshirt this year and still have two years left as long as he plays in a maximum of three games. His missed field goal was at a tough angle so close, but he needed to hit it.