Pitt week is finally among us. As such Butch Jones has released the first depth chart of the season. You can see the full two-deep on pg. 10 of the official media guide. You can check it out yourself and draw your own conclusions but here are some of the things I noticed that deserved to be talked about:
- The biggest question on the offensive line is at right guard. Kevin Schloemer had been tabbed to start here but has been hampered by injury. As a result, Ohio State transfer Sam Longo will probably get the bulk of the reps here on Thursday night with redshirt freshman Parker Ehinger impressively seeing some snaps as well.
- The rest of the offensive line is unchanged, which further strengthens my belief that this unit won’t miss a beat next season.
- There aren’t any surprises among the starting wide receivers but it’s encouraging to see true freshman Nate Cole and Jeremy Graves so high on the depth chart. I’m also pleased to see Chris Moore at backup outside receiver. He was forced to redshirt last season because of a shoulder injury but has turned heads in preparation for the 2012 season. A disappointing note is how Dyjuan Lewis is no where to be found, likely still nursing his lower leg injury. He’s had one of the most tumultuous careers at UC I’ve ever seen and I hope at some point he can see the field on a regular basis in the coming years but I fear time is running out for the former #1 recruit of the 2010 class.
- I’m slightly more confident about the interior of the defensive line with Central Michigan transfer John Williams, Jordan Stepp, and Camaron Beard making up a three-man rotation. I’m still worried about Jordan Stepp’s weight of only 268 lbs.
- Silverberry Mouhon and Josh Posley are on the depth chart at defensive end. Expect them to get a good amount of reps this fall to likely prepare them for starting roles in 2013.
- Solomon Tentman has slide over from middle linebacker (Mike) to weakside linebacker (Will) backing up Maalik Bomar. It’s an intriguing move and likely a result of Greg Blair winning the starting role at the Mike.
- Trenier Orr has been one of the most impressive freshman of Fall camp and is now backing up Deven Drane at the boundary corner position. Likewise, true freshman and All-Name team All-Star Leviticus Payne is the second string field corner behind Cam Cheatham.
- It also appears that Orr will also be in the mix on punt returns. Heck, after the debacles of the past two seasons, whoever doesn’t fumble the football should with the job in by book.