The Cyclones Football team released the latest depth chart tonight. I would assume that barring injury these will be how it plays out for the NDSU game, but these types of things are always subject to change.
Here's a quick look (in order from starter to 3rd string):
QB: Austen Arnaud, Jerome Tiller
RB: Alexander Robinson, Jeremiah Schwartz, Bo Williams
WR1: Marquis Hamilton, Jake Williams, Houston Jones
WR2: Sedrick Johnson, Joel Zitek
WR3: Darius Reynolds, Josh Lenz, Darius Darks, Jason Carlson
TE: Collin Franklin, Derrick Catlett
LT: Kelechi Osemele, Brayden Burris
LG: Alex Alvarez, Hayworth Hicks
C: Reggie Stephens, Sean Smith
RG: Ben Lamaak, Trey Baysinger
RT: Scott Haughton, Zack SpearsNot too many surprises with the offense. The Offensive Line was pretty much set and Osemele was the leading name for that LT spot for a while. Don't freak out by seeing Darks down so low on the Depth Chart. He's trying to overcome a hamstring injury and was forced to miss a lot of time during fall camp. Bo Williams drops to 3rd, but I don't think it's anything against him, as he's a more of a traditional type of a back, as opposed to a receiver in the backfield. Overall there wasn't as many position battles for the Offense as there was for the Defense.
LE: Rashawn Parker, Cleyon Laing, Patrick Neal
DT: Austin Alburtis, Bailey Johnson, Taylor Mansfield
NG: Nate Frere, Stephen Ruempolhamer, Jerrod Black
RE: Christopher Lyle, Roosevelt Maggitt
Sam: Josh Raven, Jacob Lattimer
Mike: Jesse Smith, Matt Taufoou, A.J. Klein
Will: Fred Garrin, Derec Schmidgall, Jake Knott
RCB: Leonard Johnson, Devin McDowell
LCB: Kennard Banks, Ter'ran Benton, Jeremy Reeves
SS: David Sims, Michael O'Connell, Zac Sandvig
FS: James Smith, Alan Bell
On Defense, not too many suprises. I suppose the notable one for me is that I was under the impression that Taufoou was going to play that Sam spot, but I guess not. No suprises in the Secondary at all.
On the Defensive Line, I knew the DT and RE spot would be wide open, and we will learn more about Lyle and Alburtis as the season goes on. This unit is going to have the most questions in my mind because there are two new starters, and also because the unit was not very good last year.
I'm not going to create a separate section for this, but it appears that LJ is going to return Kicks and Punts, but there are a lot of guys listed there. There was some discussion about having LJ just focus on defense and having someone else do it, and I also thought that Darius Reynolds may do some returns. I guess with Darius, however, I'd rather be a starting WR than just a return guy.
I know this news has me fired up for the football season! It's nice to get an idea of where people are going to be playing and what we might expect for next year.
What are your thoughts on the Depth Chart? Any surprises?