New depth chart: Co-starters show fall battles
USF football has released its post-spring depth chart, and while there aren't many huge surprises, the presence of co-starters at two linebacker spots shows big position battles to come this fall.
Senior Sabbath Joseph is listed as a co-starter with redshirt freshman DeDe Lattimore at weakside linebacker, and sophomores Sam Barrington and Mike Lanaris are both listed at starter at middle linebacker. Senior Jacquian Williams is listed as the third starting linebacker at strongside.
Lattimore had a strong spring and was active in the spring game, and Lanaris made the most of an opportunity when Barrington, USF's second-leading returning tackler from last season behind Joseph, was sidelined with a shoulder injury during spring drills.
The only change in a starting position from the first depth chart of spring came at strong safety, where junior Jerrell Young has moved ahead of sophomore Jon Lejiste. Sophomore Sterling Griffin has moved up as a starting receiver, but only after the knee injury suffered by senior A.J. Love. Sophomore Evan Landi, listed as a second-string receiver, is now listed as B.J. Daniels' top backup at quarterback as well.
-- The first depth chart of spring was three-deep in some positions and the new one is only two deep, so three defensive line positions now have two players even as top backups -- defensive ends Claude Davis and Julius Forte, previously listed as third-teamers, are now even with second-stringers Patrick Hampton and Ryne Giddins. Defensive tackle Anthony Hill is moved up even with backup Luke Sager much the same way.
-- Redshirt freshman John McGhin, who showed progress this spring, now shares a spot as the second-string left guard with sophomore Darren Powe.
-- And in the battle at kicker, senior Eric Schwartz is listed ahead of sophomore Maikon Bonani. Schwartz made a 46-yard field goal in the spring game, while Bonani missed his only attempt, from 39 yards.
-- Walk-on receiver Jeffrey "Pookie" Wilson, a blog favorite who caught a touchdown pass in USF's opener against Wofford last year, will no longer be with the Bulls, as he's impressively graduated in just three years. Wilson, who regularly took 18 or more credits hours in a semester while playing on the football team, is headed into a career in elementary education.