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Depth chart: Bench, Eveld are co-backups at QB

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USF has released it first official depth chart under coach Willie Taggart, with few surprises in the starting lineup but a handful among the Bulls' top backups. Here's how it goes:

QB: Matt Floyd, Steven Bench/Bobby Eveld

RB: Marcus Shaw, Mike Pierre

FB: Ryan Eppes, Auggie Sanchez

WR (X): Andre Davis, Jordan Duval

WR (Z): Deonte Welch, Chris Dunkley

TE (Y): Sean Price, Mike McFarland

LT: Darrell Williams, Jake Kaufman

LG: Brynjar Gudmundsson, Steven Jacques

C: Austin Reiter, Kofi Amichia

RG: Lawrence Martin, Max Lang

RT: Quinterrius Eatmon, Mak Djulbegovic

DE: Aaron Lynch, Ryne Giddins

DT: Luke Sager, James Hamilton

DT: Elkino Watson, Anthony Hill

DE: Tevin Mims, Eric Lee

SLB: Zack Bullock, C.J. Garye

MLB: DeDe Lattimore, Hans Louis

WLB: Reshard Cliett, Nigel Harris

CB: Kenneth Durden, Jalen Spencer

S: Mark Joyce, Nate Godwin

S: JaQuez Jenkins, Torrel Saffold

CB: Brandon Salinas, Lamar Robbins

P: Mattias Ciabatti, Aaron Munoz

PK: Marvin Kloss, Emilio Nadelman

H: Mattias Ciabatti, Aaron Munoz

LS: David Burdetsky, Alex Salvato

KO: Marvin Kloss

KR: Kenneth Durden & Derrick Hopkins

PR: Derrick Hopkins, Andre Davis

-- Players missing due to injury? By my count, it's guard Thor Jozwiak and defensive end Julius Forte. Those are the only ones that stand out so far.

-- Biggest surprise? Might be C.J. Garye as the No. 2 strongside linebacker, ahead of Tashon Whitehurst. Looks like Hopkins could have a role in both return jobs, which might explain why he isn't among the four receivers listed on the depth chart. USF coaches have barely mentioned Dunkley all fall, but he's one of the four, ahead of Hopkins and others like Ruben Gonzalez and Stephen Bravo-Brown.

-- True freshmen who made the cut: Robbins and Godwin in the secondary, Sanchez at fullback and surprisingly, Harris at weakside linebacker. A few walk-ons made it on: Ryan Eppes is the starting fullback, with Duval, Djulbegovic, Munoz listed as top backups.

-- Position change? Only one I can spot is Spencer back listed as a top backup at corner, when I'd seen him working primarily at safety this fall. He can play both, and will compete for time at the nickel spot as a result as well

-- Looks like Kloss will handle the field goals, extra points and kickoffs -- he's the only one listed for kickoff duty. If that's the case, it looks like Nadelman could be in position to redshirt.

[Last modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 5:21pm]

    

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