The post-spring depth chart was released today, and there were a few surprises. I also noted some things that, while not surprising per se, bear watching as we head into fall practice.
The Three Deep looks like this:
Offense: split end: 1) Sean Bailey, 2) Mohamed Massaquoi, 3) Kris Durham
flanker: 1)Mikey Henderson, 2) AJ Bryant, 3) Kenneth Harris
tight end: 1) Tripp Chandler, 2) Coleman Watson, 3) NaDerris Ward
Left tackle: 1) Trinton Sturdivant, 2) Vince Vance
left guard: 1) Chris Davis, 2) Tanner Strickland
center: 1) Fernando Velasco, 2) Kevin Perez, 3) Ian Smith
right guard: 1)Scott Havercamp , 2) Josh Davis, 3) Mickey White
right tackle: 1)Chester Adams , 2) Justin Anderson
tailback: 1) Kregg Lumpkin, 2) Knowshown Moreno , 3) Jason Johnson
fullback: 1)Brannon Southerland , 2) Shaun Chapas/ Fred Munzenmeier
quarterback: 1) Matt Stafford, 2) Joe Cox , 3) Blake Barnes
Defense: defensive tackle (slot 1): 1)Jeff Owens , 2) Tripp Taylor, 3) Corvey Irvin
defensive tackle (slot 2): 1) Geno Atkins , 2) Kade Weston, 3) Ricardo Crawford
buck end: 1) Marcus Howard, 2) Jeremy Lomax, 3) Michael Lemon
strong end: 1) Rod Battle, 2) Damarcus Dobbs, 3) Kiante Tripp
mike linebacker: 1) Brandon Miller, 2) Marcus Washington, 3) Ben Boyd sam linebacker:1) Darius Dewberry, 2) Akeem Dent, 3) Mitchell Pittman
will linebacker:1) Dannell Ellerbe, 2) Darryl Gamble, 3) Tommy Watkins
free safety: 1) C.J. Byrd, 2) Reshad Jones, 3) Andrew Williams
strong safety: 1) Kelin Johnson, 2) Quintin Banks, 3) Antavious Coates
weak corner: 1) Bryan Evans, 2) Prince Miller, 3)RaMarcus Brown
strong corner: 1)Paul Oliver, 2) Asher Allen, 3) Thomas Flowers
Specialists: Punter: Brian Mimbs
Kicker: Brandon Coutu
Snapper: Jeff Henson
Holder: Brian Mimbs
Punt returner: Mikey Henderson, Thomas Flowers
kick returner: 1) Asher Allen, 2) Knowshown Moreno, 3) Reshad Jones
One thing I couldn't help but notice is how incredibly thin our linebacking corps have become. With Akeem Hebron now suspended for the season, and Marcus Washington looking like he might miss the season while rehabbing from knee surgery, we're as strained here as I can ever remember. We may very well only have 5 scholarship players, which just isn't enough at a position that prone to injury.
It's also apparent that Sean Bailey must have had the kind of spring we all hoped he would, as he's retaken the spot he held before last season's injury. It's worth noting however that Bailey really only broke out in the 2005 SEC Championship game, the game in which he was injured. I'm thinking that we'll again see a rotating cast of characters at both flanker and split end.
I'm still amazed at our offensive line situation. Sturdivant starting at left tackle and guarding Stafford's blind side is a scary thing. It's also a little exhilerating to think that we might have a four year starter at that critical position. I notice Josh Davis got moved to guard, which may indicate that he's as much of a project as he was rumored to be as a signee.
Geno Atkins starting at defensive tackle is a change, but it's not surprising. He may go down as the steal of the 2006 signing class. Marcus Howard and Jeremy Lomax are probably the lightest 1-2 punch we've fielded at defensive end since, well, I'm not even sure.
So what do you guys think. Anything surprise or worry you?