Thursday, August 23, 2007

Depth chart at a glance

Not a lot of surprises. Here's my analysis after Randy Edsall's conference call earlier this evening.


WR: 80 Terence Jeffers (So., 6-2, 211) OR 24 Larry Taylor (Sr., 5-6, 167)
WR: 14 D.J. Hernandez (RJr., 6-1, 202) OR 3 Brad Kanuch (So., 6-0, 189)

Chip sez: All four will play a whole lot. Edsall added Kevin Poles, Kashif Moore and Marcus Easley to the equation, giving UConn a seven-man rotation. The latter three will be used a little less frequently.

LT: 64 William Beatty (RJr., 6-6, 306) 78 Zach Hurd (RFr., 6-7, 297)
LG: 62 Lawrence Green (RSo., 6-3, 321) 74 Alex LaMagdelaine (RSo., 6-3, 305)
C: 68 Keith Gray (RJr., 6-2, 294) 69 Trey Tonsing (RJr., 6-3, 278)
RG: 55 Donald Thomas (RSr., 6-3, 300) 66 Mathieu Olivier (RFr., 6-5, 279)
RT: 73 Dan Ryan (RSo., 6-8, 304) 79 Mike Hicks (RSo., 6-6, 336)

Chip sez: Hicks will be used more than the other understudies, and will likely spell Thomas at right guard on occasion as well as Ryan. Zach Hurd has a bright future, as do freshmen Muhammed Petrus, Mike Ryan and Gary Bardzak. Those three will redshirt, unless there's a freakish rash of injuries to the line.

TE: 90 Steve Brouse (RJr., 6-4, 257) 91 Martin Bedard (Jr., 6-3, 239)

Chip sez: Brouse is underrated as a pass catcher. Derek Rich will also see action with Bedard.

QB: 4 Tyler Lorenzen (Jr., 6-5, 226) 11 Dennis Brown (RSo., 6-3, 195)

TB: 34 Donald Brown (RSo., 5-10, 213) 5 Lou Allen (RJr., 6-2, 238)
FB: 47 Anthony Davis (RFr., 5-11, 237) 49 Anthony Sherman (Fr., 5-11, 225)

Chip sez: The Donald is the best tailback in the league not named Slaton or Rice. But you knew that. Lou Allen is a load who will break off one or two long gainers. Robbie Frey is third-string for Duke. Andre Dixon and linebacker Corey Stringer are still suspended, in case you were wondering. Will they be reinstated for Duke? Apparently, that's for Randy Edsall to know and everyone else to find out.


DE: 45 Julius Williams (RJr., 6-2, 261) 56 Mike Cox (RFr., 6-3, 235)
DT: 65 Rob Lunn (RJr., 6-4, 281) 52 Brandon Dillon (RSo., 6-3, 291)
DT: 6 Dan Davis (Sr., 6-1, 284) 54 Alex Polito (RFr., 6-6, 274)
DE: 50 Cody Brown (Jr., 6-3, 248) 9 Lindsey Witten (So., 6-5, 237)

Chip sez: How about that Rob Lunn? Quietly had a great spring and even better preseason camp. All he needs are the Arsenio Hall racing stripes again. Cox and Witten make two very good backups at end.

SLB: 32 Scott Lutrus (RFr., 6-3, 220) 10 Greg Robinson, Jr. (RFr., 6-2, 230)
MLB: 48 Danny Lansanah (RSr., 6-1, 244) 18 Aaron Bryant (RSo., 6-3, 219)
WLB: 43 Ryan Henegan (RSr., 6-1, 238) 8 Lawrence Wilson (RFr., 6-1, 220)

Chip sez: Henegan is listed at starter as long as he's listed as day-to-day. Unless he's been faking that limp, he'll need to get better real, real fast to be able to play at Duke. Methinks Greg Lloyd will work his way into the rotation before too long, though Edsall would love to get a redshirt year for him and C.J. Marck. Aaron Bryant, a walk-on from Southeastern Connecticut, has worked hard to get where he is. He'll be on scholarship by next summer, I would think.

CB: 1 Darius Butler (RJr., 5-11, 185) 16 Jasper Howard (Fr., 5-9, 162)
S: 33 Robert Vaughn (So., 6-0, 189) 27 Aaron Bagsby (Fr., 6-1, 180)
S: 36 Dahna Deleston (RJr., 6-0, 198) 15 Donnell Ford (RSr., 6-1, 202)
CB: 29 Tyvon Branch (Sr., 6-0, 193) 42 Robert McClain (So., 5-9, 198)

Chip sez: The starters were obvious. The backups, not so much. Someone asked me what happened to Terry Baltimore. He impressed Edsall during camp, but Howard, one of four true freshman in the two-deep, was a bit more impressive. Howard is small, but electric. He'll be a very solid cover corner who should inherit Larry Taylor's job as top return man next season. McClain has been there all along. UConn is set at corner for a while. Thought Glen Mourning might pull an upset over Bagsby, but the more I think about it, that probably wasn't realistic.


FG: 97 Tony Ciaravino (RJr., 6-2, 232) 38 David Teggart (Fr., 6-0, 206)
KO: 13 Desi Cullen (So., 6-1, 196)
P: 13 Desi Cullen (So., 6-1, 196) 97 Tony Ciaravino (RJr., 6-2, 232)
H: 13 Desi Cullen (So., 6-1, 201) 4 Tyler Lorenzen (Jr., 6-5, 226)
SN: 91 Martin Bedard (Jr., 6-3, 239) 89 Derek Rich (RFr., 6-4, 255)

Chip sez: I had Teggart pegged to edge out Tony C, but both have seemed very even in practices. Desi, I mean the Heat Miser, is locked in at punter. Unless he's kidnapped and smuggled to the Isle of Misfit Toys, you won't see Ciaravino punting at all. Let's hope the protection is better this year.

KR: 29 Tyvon Branch (Sr., 6-0, 193) 24 Larry Taylor (Sr., 5-6, 167)
PR: 24 Larry Taylor (Sr., 5-6, 167) 16 Jasper Howard (Fr., 5-9, 162)

Chip sez: Opponents might think about kicking out of bounds on punts. Kickoffs, too. The penalty is a much safer bet.


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