Sorry we're a tad late on this, but we figured you could use a post-draft football fix about now.
We're offering one in the form of this projected Bulls two-deep chart, based on what we observed and heard throughout spring drills. Let's get this out of the way immediately: Arizona State transfer QB Blake Barnett — who visited USF last weekend — wasn't considered for this chart because he's not a Bull at this point.
We're pretty sure the rest of the guys remain on board. Enjoy.
QB Brett Kean, R-Jr.; Chris Oladokun, R-So.
RB Elijah Mack, R-So.; Jordan Cronkrite, Jr.
Slot Tyre McCants, R-Sr.; Deangelo Antoine, R-So.
WR Darnell Salomon, Jr.; Stanley Clerveaux, R-Sr.
WR Randall St. Felix, R-Fr.; Ryeshene Bronson, R-Sr.
TE Mitchell Wilcox, R-Jr.; Frederick Lloyd Jr., R-Fr.
LT Eric Mayes, Sr.; Christion Gainer, R-So.
LG Demetris Harris, R-Fr.; Hal Roberson, R-So.
C Michael Wiggs, R-So.; Jean Marcellus, R-Fr.
RG Billy Atterbury, R-Jr.; Hal Roberson, R-So.
RT Marcus Norman, R-Jr.; Jeremiah Stafford, R-Fr.
Synopsis: In the dead-heat quarterback battle, we're giving the nod to Kean for now. Candidly, we believe Oladokun possesses more physical upside, but we keep going back to how Kean clearly out-performed another presumably superior athlete (Asiantii Woulard) two preseasons ago. Mack had a breakthrough spring, so we're giving him the edge at running back, though we can envision a Mack/Cronkrite tandem similar to D'Ernest Johnson/Darius Tice. The fact neither Trevon Sands nor Jernard Phillips are on this chart illustrates just how deep this team is at running back and receiver, respectively. With Mayes rehabbing a knee all spring, Atterbury logged some reps at left tackle. While we wouldn't be shocked if he stuck there, he's probably most needed at guard at this point.
DE Kirk Livingstone, R-Jr.; Josh Black, R-Sr.
DT Kevin Bronson, R-Sr.; Kevin Kegler, So.
DT Kelvin Pinkney, So.; Mi'Cario Stanley, R-So.
DE Greg Reaves, R-Jr.; Vincent Jackson, R-Sr.
MLB Nico Sawtelle, Jr.; Keirston Johnson, So.
OLB Khalid McGee, Sr.; Dwayne Boyles Jr., Fr.
Nickel Ronnie Hoggins, Sr.; Craig Watts, R-So.
CB Mazzi Wilkins, R-Sr.; Chris Barr, Sr.
CB Mike Hampton, So.; Nick Roberts, R-Fr.
SS Nate Ferguson, Sr.; Naytron Culpepper, So.
FS Jaymon Thomas, Sr.; Mekhi LaPointe, R-Fr.
Synopsis: Reaves was rehabbing this spring, but the coaches know what he can do. The Bulls have four incoming freshman tackles, any of whom conceivably could crack this chart in 2018 (not that we see it happening). The competition at second-team corner, a position where the Bulls have stockpiled talent, should remain pretty intense through August. Don't be shocked if early enrollee Antonio Grier (who got dinged up in the spring) shakes things up at linebacker. Of course, the long-awaited breakthrough of Jimmy Bayes could materialize too.
PK Ghost of Marvin Kloss; Emilio Nadelman hologram
P Trent Schneider, So.
Synopsis: Schneider, a juco guy originally from Sydney, Australia, was brought in to replace veteran Jonathan Hernandez. We have no clue what the Bulls are gonna do at kicker. Schneider and a couple of walk-ons took reps in the spring, but none were convincing, at least during the sessions open to reporters.