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Fall's first official depth chart

Aug 6, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

While head coach Brian Kelly made a point of not looking too closely at the initial depth chart, here’s where the two-deep starts as camp begins.

OFFENSE:

QB: Dayne Crist, Nate Montana
RB: Armando Allen, Robert Hughes

LT: Zack Martin, Matt Romine
LG: Chris Stewart, Mike Golic
C: Dan Wenger, Braxston Cave
RG: Trevor Robinson, Chris Watt
RT: Taylor Dever, Andrew Nuss

WR: Duval Kamara, John Goodman
WR: Michael Floyd, Shaq Evans
WR: Theo Riddick, TJ Jones

TE: Kyle Rudolph, Bobby Burger

Offensive thoughts:

Obviously the battle at center will be one to follow throughout camp, as many had guessed that Braxston Cave had wrestled the starting job away from Dan Wenger during spring practice. Listening to offensive coordinator Charley Molnar today, he said that exiting camp, Wenger was ahead by a bit, but that’s obviously up for grabs starting tomorrow.

Also interesting is the tight end depth chart. Conspicuously absent is Mike Ragone, who was cleared to play after his run-in at the beginning of summer, but might have to work from the back of the line to get some playing time.

I’m not surprised that the top two running backs are Allen and Hughes. If Cierre Wood or Jonas Gray are going to get playing time, they’re going to have to earn it over two seniors that have played a lot of football. What is a bit surprising is that Theo Riddick has leap-frogged TJ Jones, who was one of spring’s big surprises after a breakout first semester at Notre Dame. I expect both of them to see the field a lot, but you’ve got to think that Riddick’s shoulder injury limited his ability to thrive this spring.

DEFENSE:

DE: Ethan Johnson, Hafis Williams
NT: Ian Williams, Sean Cwynar
DE: Kapron Lewis-Moore, Emeka Nwankwo

OLB: Darius Fleming, Kerry Neal
ILB: Manti Te’o, Steve Paskorz
ILB: Anthony McDonald, Carlo Calabrese
OLB: Brian Smith, Steve Filer

CB: Gary Gray, E.J. Banks
CB: Darrin Walls, Robert Blanton
S: Harrison Smith, Zeke Motta
S: Jamoris Slaughter, Dan McCarthy

Defensive thoughts:

No real surprises on here, though it’s interesting than Cwynar will be the second defensive tackle into the mix. I’m guessing that he had a great off season, and packed on a lot of mass, weight and power that he’ll need to use to fill the middle of the defense. 

Interestingly, it’s Carlo Calabrese who fills the two-deep and not David Posluszny, who was mentioned by Kelly today as one of three people fighting for the second linebacker spot. Staying with linebackers, if I had to guess, I’m expecting to see all four OLBs listed on the field a lot, and even a fifth in Dan Fox, who got a lot of praise from defensive coaches.

Last thought: It’s no wonder that it looked like Ethan Johnson was playing on roller skates last year if his squat was below 400 pounds. That’s just not enough power for a guy trying to play on the interior of the defensive line. Now he’s squatting 550 pounds and playing a position he should be at. I’ve been hard on Ethan, but I expect the extra muscle to translate nicely. 

  1. Nate - Aug 6, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Agreed on the low squat numbers for Ethan Johnson. How you can play on the line in major college football and not squat at least 500lbs is beyond me. But, more credit to him for being able to (mostly) hold his own the last two years.
    The more I hear about all of the gains that the players are making in the offseason workouts makes me wonder- is it that Longo is that good at his job or is it that the previous strength and conditioning coaches were that bad. Some of the numbers I’ve heard for players wouldn’t have cut it for most HS teams. No wonder ND faded late in games so much last year.

  2. Luke - Aug 6, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Keith- I’m pretty sure this would be the “Fall’s” first official depth chart.

  3. Keith Arnold - Aug 6, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    You’re a smart one, Luke. Fixed. Thanks.

  4. Luke - Aug 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM

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  5. Pete - Aug 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    What’s the squat-a-meter for ends? 500, 510? 530? Does 550 guarantee anything? What if he did 575? I note the fact you’re making but the you interesting call you’re making is he’ll be performing better on the field. Hold you to it.

  6. Dan O'Malley - Aug 8, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    As far as strength and size goes, try and remember the last two Navy games. Quickness and speed are still born football traits. They can teach strength. As long as they can protect thr QB, look out!

  7. Domer4481 - Aug 25, 2010 at 9:45 PM

    Days of uninspired lack luster football are over, Brian Kelly is lighting a fire under these kids jock straps .It cant be overstated how important the mindset of “you owe the university, and not the other way around, alot of people are calling for 7-5 or 8-4 and i say thats worst case scenario, Brian Kelly is in the mold of a Nick Saban or a Urban Myer, all he knows how to do is win and hes gonna do it rather quickly, smart money says were 9-2 maybe 10-1 when he head out to Southern Cal, mark it down.

  8. terry - Aug 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Realistic – 8-4.
    Optimistic – 9-3
    Pass the Kool-Aid – 10-2
    Kelly has won everywhere he’s been. Is he ready for the big time?
    Yes
    This season they will win games in the 4th quarter that they lost last year because of superior conditioning, which leads to confidence.
    Respect is right around the corner and it won’t be long before cousin FEAR gets to town, as in “oh s… – we play Notre Dame next week!”.
    Remember the seven P’s – “Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance”
    Saturday November 27, 2010 – the streak ENDS

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