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August 27, 2012

Depth Chart Surprises

The depth chart has been released for the Miami game and there were a number of surprises. Below are some of the ones that caught our attention:

Defense

-I have to admit that I didn't see Nick Clancy at starting middle linebacker coming. I hadn't even heard rumors of the move coming. I guess this is proof that the staff isn't kidding when they say no starting job is etched in stone.

Why did the staff make the move? Clancy had a tremendous summer camp and was arguably the top performer on the defensive side of the ball. Clancy spent the first three scrimmages at SAM, but in the last scrimmage he moved to MIKE. Personally, I chalked it up to Clancy practicing the position incase Sean Duggan ever got injured during the year. Instead it looks like the staff wanted to make sure that Clancy could handle playing MIKE and he passed the test.

In my opinion, if I was the coach and was putting in all of my chips for this season, I'd find a way to get Clancy in the lineup too. He was a monster in the scrimmages and looked like a man on a mission.

-True freshman Tim Joy was awarded for a strong camp and is now the backup WILL linebacker. Steven Daniels wasn't on the two deep but I will be watching for him to play on special teams this year, particularly on punt and kick coverage.

-After Clancy, the biggest surprise was in the secondary where Sean Sylvia gets the nod at boundary corner. I hadn't seen Sylvia practice at boundary corner once during a scrimmage, so you could argue that his appearance is even more news worthy than Clancy.

Why did Sylvia get the starting nod? CJ Jones hasn't been healthy enough to practice. The same goes for James McCaffrey who has been banged up at the end of camp. Bryce Jones has spent time with the starters at corner, but he doesn't look ready to contribute in that big of a capacity.

The boundary corner position at BC is more similar to safety than it is to the field corner position. Still, Sylvia will have his hands full on Saturday.

-Kaleb Ramsey was awarded one of the starting defensive tackle jobs and is proving just how good he looked in the limited time that he has been healthy. Ditto for Dom Appiah who missed a good chunk of camp with an injury. I'd look for Dillon Quinn to get a good amount of playing time as well.

-Brian Mihalik gets the starting nod over Mehdi Abdesmad. Look for Abdesmad to still be used in obvious pass rushing situations though.


Offense

-The offensive line was aligned exactly how it has been for most of summer camp with the exception of Harris Williams, who was not on the two deep. No word on if a late camp injury is keeping Williams off. We will have to wait on the injury report for that one. If Williams is not injured his absence is surprising because he lined up with the starters in the first scrimmage, and was with the second team in the other three scrimmages.

-CJ Parsons gets the start at tight end which is an upset considering where he was at the start of camp. Parsons took advantage of projected starter Mike Naples being down the second half of camp with an injury and worked his way onto the depth chart. Like Williams, it's surprising to see Darmstatter not on the two deep, as he practiced with the first and second team throughout camp.

-It was a little bit of a head scratcher to see Spiffy Evans and Colin Larmond listed as co-starters. In scrimmages, Larmond performed better than Evans.

-Andre Williams is listed as the starter over Tahj Kimble which isn't a surprise because Kimble missed a two week stretch of camp. Williams was by far the best overall running back performer in camp.

-Dan Crimmins made the two deep at wide receiver. However, I'd look for Harrison Jackson to take his spot once he recovers from injury.

Defense
DE 99 Brian Mihalik (6-8, 272, So.)
45 Mehdi Abdesmad (6-6, 264, So.)

LT 96 Kaleb Ramsey (6-3, 288, Sr.)
65 Jaryd Rudolph (6-4, 295, Jr.)

RT 95 Dominic Appiah (6-5, 291, So.)
92 Dillon Quinn (6-6, 312, Sr.)

DE 91 Kasim Edebali (6-2, 258, Jr.)
90 Connor Wujciak (6-4, 267, R-Fr.)

SLB 49 Steele Divitto (6-3, 226, Jr.)
33 Tim Joy (6-2, 220, Fr.)

MLB 54 Nick Clancy (6-3, 232, Sr.)
48 Nick Lifka (6-2, 242, R-Fr.)

WLB 24 Kevin Pierre-Louis (6-1, 215, Jr.)
34 Sean Duggan (6-4, 228, So.)

FC 21 Manuel Asprilla (5-10, 167, So.)
17 Bryce Jones (6-0, 170, Fr.)

SS 23 Jim Noel (6-4, 185, Sr.)
27 Justin Simmons (6-3, 175, Fr.)

FS 47 Spenser Rositano (6-1, 200, So.)
25 Josh Keyes (6-2, 208, So.)

BC 19 Sean Sylvia (6-0, 204, So.)
43 Ameer Richardson (5-11, 181, R-Fr.)

Offense
LT 77 Emmett Cleary (6-7, 313, Sr.)
71 Dan Lembke (6-7, 286, R-Fr.)

LG 76 Bobby Vardaro (6-5, 312, So.)
66 Eddie Meredith (6-6, 295, R-Fr.)

C 59 Andy Gallik (6-3, 300, So.)
69 Paul Gaughan (6-6, 287, R-Fr.)

RG 62 Ian White (6-5, 303, Jr.)
67 Seth Betancourt (6-6, 304, So.)

RT 73 John Wetzel (6-8, 302, Sr.)
70 Aaron Kramer (6-7, 292, So.)

TE 87 C.J. Parsons (6-6, 265, So.)
46 Dave Bowen (6-7, 285, R-Fr.)
or 86 Liam Porter (6-6, 276, R-Fr.)

QB 11 Chase Rettig (6-3, 213, Jr.)
8 Josh Bordner (6-4, 221, So.)

RB 44 Andre Williams (6-0, 220, Jr.)
20 Tahj Kimble (5-11, 211, So.)

WR 83 Alex Amidon (5-11, 186, Jr.)
4 Donte Elliott (6-0, 197, Sr.)

WR 14 Johnathan Coleman (6-4, 228, Jr.)
18 Dan Crimmins (6-5, 220, Fr.)

WR 7 Spiff y Evans (6-0, 184, So.)
or 1 Colin Larmond, Jr. (6-3, 202, Sr.)


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