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