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Depth chart: Tweaks and third-teamers



Yes, even more to write off the opening depth chart. First, USF coach Jim Leavitt has tweaked the offensive line, putting sophomore Jake Sims as the No. 2 center -- it had been starting left tackle Ryan Schmidt -- and moving true freshman Danous Estenor into Sims' old spot at No. 2 right tackle. Again, with any injury to the starting line, Sims would move into the starting lineup and those five would shift to cover the loss.

USF also released the next tier of players at all positions, whether it be third-string at most positions or top backups at the return positions. Here's the rundown:

Running backs: Shawn Cannon fifth, Moise Plancher sixth.

Receivers: Daniel Bryant, Ed Alcin, Antwon Hanks, Jason Sherman are third-string.

Offensive line:  LT Damian Edwards, LG Jeremiah Warren, C Kevin McCaskill, RG Josh Garvin, RT Mark Popek are the No. 3 line.

Tight end: Ben Busbee third, Andrew Ketchel fourth.

Punt returns: Patrick Richardson second, then Daniel Bryant.

Kickoff returns: Dontavia Bogan and Daniel Bryant are the second pair.

Defensive line:  LE David Bedford, DT David Fonua, NT Marvin Peoples, RE Shane McElwain.

Linebackers: WLB Armando Sanchez, MLB Mike Lanaris, SLB LaDre Watkins.

Secondary: CB Theo Wilson,  CB John Lejiste, FS Jerrell Young, SS Charlton Sinclair.

There you have it. Surprised to see Plancher all the way at No. 6, but the coaches have been pleased with walk-on Shawn Cannon's size and blocking ability. Again, impressive that second-string WR Jeffrey "Pookie" Wilson is ahead of three scholarship receivers who are third-stringers. I think Warren will be back on the second team once he's healthy, and I think Cory Grissom jumps back in with second team once he's healthy ...

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:45pm]


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