Practice has begun today and at Brewster's 1 pm news conference the official depth chart was revealed. What is remarkable is that only seven players on the first or second string are seniors. I'll help you out with the math. 7/44 = 15.9% of the relevant roster are seniors meaning 84.1% will be returning next year. I know we thought we were young last year and this year would see some improvement but we are a VERY inexperienced team. 10 are true or redshirted freshmen with more not listed who many think will contribute in 2008 (Tate and Jacobs come to mind)
First of all click HERE for a very quick clip of Brewster's press conference.
Let us remember that there has not been a practice yet so this will surely change over the next 3-4 weeks. There are plenty of young players and newcomers who will likely have a chance to move up the list.
First year players in maroon.
|QB||Adam Weber||DE||Willie VanDeSteeg|
|Tony Mortenson||Derrick Onwuachi|
|RB||Duane Bennett||DT||Eric Small|
|Jay Thomas||Jewhan Edwards|
|WR||Eric Decker||DT||Garrett Brown|
|Xavier Brandon||Barrett Moen|
|WR||Ralph Spry||DE||Cedrick McKinley|
|Broderick Smith||Lee Campbell|
|WR||Brandon Green||LB||Simoni Lawrence|
|Ben Kuznia||Kevin Manion|
|TE||Jack Simmons||LB||Deon Hightower |
|Nick Tow-Arnett||Rex Sharpe|
|RT||Chris Bunders (rFR) ||LB||Steve Davis|
|Ryan Ruckdashel||Nate Triplett|
|RG||Ryan Wynn (rFR) ||CB||Marcus Sherels|
|Jason Meinke||Ryan Collado|
|C||Jeff Tow-Arnett||FS||Tramaine Brock|
|Trey Davis (rFR) ||Tim Dandridge|
|LG||DJ Burris||SS||Kyle Theret|
|Ned Tevale||Keanon Cooper|
|LT||Dominic Alford||CB||Traye Simmons|
|Ryan Orton (rFR) ||Troy Stoudermire|
No David Pittman - but my assumption he is #3 at WR, CB, QB, C, LS, LT and DT (maybe I should have listed with / instead of ,)
Redshirted Freshmen missing - Anthony Jacobs and Andre Tate are not on the 2-deep and personally I was hopeful to see their names, time will tell if they contribute much this season.
Offensive Line - most notable was Ned Tevale backing up LG when many thought he'd be starting at RG. Looks like the entire right side of the line is up for grabs but currently has two freshmen starting while the left side and center are locked down.
Defensive Backfield - the big shocker is Marcus Sherels starting at CB over returning starter Ryan Collado. Sherels was hyped coming out of spring ball but I'll still be shocked to see him starting in week 1. Maybe he was made for corner and it just took some time for him to find a home. Of the top eight players in the defensive backfield 3 are new starters and 3 backups are new to the program. Looks like a wholesale effort to get that pass defense turned around.
Defensive Starters - FOUR starters who were not a part of the program in 2007 (five if you count Sherels who moved from WR to CB) and five back ups who are new to Gopher football. The battles will be fun to watch from a distance and be sure to have your roster handy for week 1 vs. Northern Illinois.
That, Gopher faithful, is your 2008 Golden Gopher initial depth chart.