It’s almost gameday! Cincinnati takes on Temple tomorrow night at Nippert Stadium in the annual Ring of Red football game. I’ve broken down most of the aspects of the game but the last piece is to evaluate the updated two-deep.
Starters are listed first with backups italicized.
- Quarterback: Brendon Kay, Bennie Coney
- Runningback: Ralph David Abernathy, Hosey Williams
- Fullback: Jared Golden, Kyle Nutter
- Outside Receiver (X/Z): Max Morrison, MeKale McKay
- Outside Receiver (X/Z): Chris Moore, Jeremy Graves
- Slot Receiver (Y): Shaq Washington, Anthony McClung
- Tight End: Blake Annen, DJ Dowdy
- Right Offensive Tackle: Parker Ehinger, Justin Murray
- Right Offensive Guard: Andre Cureton -or- Sam Longo
- Center: Deyshawn Bond, Dominic Mainello
- Left Offensive Guard: Austen Bujnoch, Kevin Schloemer
- Left Offensive Tackle: Eric Lefeld, Corey Keebler
Analysis of Offensive Two-Deep
- Not a ton of change within the two-deep on the offensive front.
- I am incredibly curious about the situation at center. In the fourth quarter against South Florida the Bearcats swapped out Deyshawn Bond for Sam Longo. Cincinnati was noticeably more efficient. So I’m surprised to learn that 1) Bond is still locked in as the starter and 2) Dominic Mainello is listed as the backup. I would have thought Tuberville who have separated Bond and Longo by the “-or” statement to indicate an open position battle. I guess he’s not ready for a center controversy just yet.
- MeKale McKay is listed as a backup and Tion Green isn’t on the depth chart at all. But I wouldn’t ready too much into this. Both will likely have more than their fair share of snaps on Friday night.
- I’m not sure what to make of this. Even though Anthony McClung is as healthy as he’s ever been this year, Shaq Washington is still listed as the starter on the two-deep.
- Right Defensive End: Terrell Hartsfield, Brad Harrah
- Defensive Tackle: Adam Dempsey, Brandon Mitchell
- Nose Guard: Jordan Stepp, Marques Aiken
- Left Defensive End: Silverberry Mouhon, Chad West
- Strongside Linebacker (SAM): Nick Temple, Corey Mason
- Middle Linebacker (MIKE): Greg Blair, Solomon Tentman
- Weakside Linebacker (WILL): Jeff Luc, Clemente Casseus
- Field Corner: Deven Drane, Leviticus Payne
- Nickelback: Likely Zach Edwards
- Strong Safety: Adrian Witty, Andre Jones
- Free Safety: Arryn Chenault, Zach Edwards
- Boundary Corner: Howard Wilder, Grant Coleman
Analysis of Defensive Two-Deep
- Like the offense, there hasn’t been much moving and shaking within the defensive two-deep.
- While the nickelback position isn’t explicitly listed on the depth chart, freshman Zach Edwards is the starter there. Just sayin’.
- This is a couple of weeks old but with Trenier Orr again injured JUCO Howard Wilder has taken over the starting role. That’s not the most intriguing observation to me. The biggest call out is that walk-on Grant Coleman has emerged as the backup boundary corner. Either Cincinnati’s depth at cornerback is dangerously shallow or Tommy Tuberville found himself a diamond in the rough in Coleman. Hopefully it’s the latter.
- Long Snapper: Kirk Willis, Kevin Hyland
- Holder: John Lloyd, Sam Geraci
- Place Kicker: Tony Miliano, Andrew Gantz
- Kickoff Specialist: Likely Tony Miliano
- Punter: John Lloyd, Sam Geraci
- Kickoff Returner: Ralph David Abernathy IV, Shaq Washington
- Punt Returner: Shaq Washington, Anthony McClung
Analysis of Special Teams Two-Deep
- I mentioned after the South Florida game that I was pulling for a kicker controversy between Tony Miliano and Andrew Gantz. While right now it doesn’t appear that his role as the starting PK is in jeopardy, it’s unknown if Gantz is taking more of his reps in practice. Whatever levers the coaches pull, they need to do something to get Miliano to improve his play.