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Minor tweaks as Bulls update depth chart



USF football has released its first game-week depth chart of 2012, with only minor tweaks for the Bulls' opener against Chattanooga from the two-deep released two weeks ago in Vero Beach.


Biggest news? USF looks to be sticking with the offensive line shift that has sophomore Darrell Williams at left tackle and senior Mark Popek at left guard, but the Bulls shifted back to their original linebacker alignment, with senior Sam Barrington as the starting strongside linebacker and senior Mike Lanaris in the middle. Coaches had looked at sophomore Reshard Cliett as the starter outside, but he's listed as Barrington's backup.

There's a position battle at right tackle, where redshirt freshman Max Lang is listed as the starter ahead of sophomore Quinterrius Eatmon, who started every game there last season. Eatmon was limited by headache symptoms last week but is expected to be healthy for Saturday.

Other changes? At receiver, junior Derrick Hopkins, who has barely played at USF, is listed as a starter ahead of Deonte Welch and Victor Marc; Sterling Griffin, the team's leader in receptions last season, is listed as a backup to sophomore Andre Davis. And redshirt freshman walk-on Mattias Ciabatti appears to have held off two-year starter Justin Brockhaus-Kann for the starting punter job.

At running back, Demetris Murray and Marcus Shaw remain listed as co-starters; same for the neck-and-neck backup QB job, which has redshirt freshman Matt Floyd "or" junior Bobby Eveld behind senior B.J. Daniels; at cornerback, senior George Baker is still ahead of his top challenger, redshirt freshman Kenneth Durden.

The previous depth chart had five true freshmen listed, but now only two remain -- tight end Sean Price and defensive end Eric Lee are both listed as backups. Others who were previously listed, most notably receiver D'vario Montgomery, are still expected to play this fall. And while the defense has exactly 22 players on its side of the two-deep, the offense still has seven "or" spots with jobs to close to declare one ahead of another.

QB: B.J. Daniels, Matt Floyd/Bobby Eveld

RB: Demetris Murray/Marcus Shaw, Lindsey Lamar/Willie Davis

WR: Andre Davis, Sterling Griffin

WR: Terrence Mitchell, Chris Dunkley

WR: Derrick Hopkins, Deonte Welch/Victor Marc

TE: Andreas Shields/Evan Landi, Sean Price/Mike McFarland

LT: Darrell Williams, Damien Edwards

LG: Mark Popek, Lawrence Martin

C: Austin Reiter, Thor Jozwiak

RG: Danous Estenor, Brynjar Gudmundsson

RT: Max Lang, Quinterrius Eatmon

FB: Jeff Hawkins, Spencer Cavalieri/Chris Breit

DE: Ryne Giddins, Eric Lee

DT: Luke Sager, Todd Chandler

DT: Cory Grissom, Elkino Watson

DE: Tevin Mims, Julius Forte

SLB: Sam Barrington, Reshard Cliett

MLB: Michael Lanaris, Ruben Garcia

WLB: DeDe Lattimore, Mike Jeune

CB: Kayvon Webster, Fidel Montgomery

SS: JaQuez Jenkins, Ernie Tabuteau

FS: Mark Joyce, Jon Lejiste

CB: George Baker, Kenneth Durden

PK: Maikon Bonani

P: Mattias Ciabatti, Justin Brockhaus-Kann

H: Justin Brockhaus-Kann

LS: David Burdetsky

KO: Marvin Kloss

KR: Lindsey Lamar, Derrick Hopkins

PR: Terrence Mitchell

[Last modified: Monday, August 27, 2012 12:14pm]


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