Pre-Spring Depth Chart: Offense

A look at the offensive depth chart heading into Tim Beckman's third spring in charge.

Quarterback:
Wes Lunt: 6-5, 220, Sophomore
Aaron Bailey: 6-2, 225, Sophomore
Reilly O'Toole: 6-4, 220, Senior
The Word: Much attention will be paid this spring to who replaces four-year start Nathan Scheelhaase. Bailey played some as a freshman last season while Lunt sat out after transferring from Oklahoma State. Both will get a shot and will probably see the field no matter who wins out, but it appears the job is Lunt's to lose.

Tailback:
Josh Ferguson: 5-10, 195, Junior
Donovonn Young: 6-0, 225, Senior
Lakeith Walls: 6-2, 210, Redshirt Sophomore
The Word: Ferguson emerged as a playmaker in 2013, with Young taking a backseat due to fumbling issues. Although the senior contemplated leaving, his return is important given Ferguson's past injury troubles.

Tight end:
Jon Davis: 6-3, 240, Senior
Matt LaCosse: 6-6, 240, Senior
Tyler White: 6-5, 245, Sophomore
The Word: A position full of versatile options, the tight end spot should be more productive in 2014. Davis, LaCosse and White are all considered among the most elite athletes on the roster.

Wide receiver:
Martize Barr: 6-0, 195, Senior
Devin Church: 5-8, 185, Redshirt Sophomore
Mike Dudek: 5-11, 180, Freshman
The Word: Barr started last season strong being fading late. He should be in line to take over the slot receiver spot, with Church providing a running back/receiver look. Watch out for the technically sound Dudek, who enrolled early and has already drawn praise for his work ethic and skills.

Wide receiver:
Geronimo Allison: 6-3, 185, Junior
Dionte Taylor: 6-0, 180, Sophomore
The Word: Expectations for Allison are high after the JUCO prospect enrolled in January. Replacing Steve Hull's late season production won't be easy, but Allison appears to be the most equipped to do it.

Wide receiver:
Justin Hardee: 6-1, 195, Junior
Marchie Murdock: 6-1, 190, Redshirt Freshman
The Word: Hardee struggled in fall camp before slowly earning his way back on the field later in the season. The staff was high on Murdock last August before redshirting him, a nod to keeping him in the program as long as possible.

Left tackle:
Simon Cvijanovic: 6-5, 310, Senior
Patrick Flavin: 6-7, 300, Redshirt Junior
The Word: Cvijanovic enjoyed a good season before an ankle injury hobbled him late in the year. He'll return for one more go round as one of the more important pieces on offense.

Left guard:
Michael Heitz: 6-5, 305, Senior
Alex Hill: 6-3, 310, Senior
The Word: Heitz is one of the more versatile linemen on the roster, but is much better suited for guard than tackle. A host of players could be used as his back-up.

Center:
Alex Hill: 6-3, 310, Senior
Tony Durkin: 6-3, 290, Redshirt Sophomore
The Word: This is Hill's spot, although he could move to guard if a better line-up crops up. Durkin missed all of last year with a shoulder injury, so that's the spot that is more in question.

Right guard:
Ted Karras: 6-4, 300, Redshirt Junior
Scott McDowell: 6-5, 290, Redshirt Sophomore
The Word: Karras joins Cvijanovic as the best and most steady linemen on the team. He'll be counted on for his consistency and nasty streak, already with two years starting experience and two years to play. Again, this is another spot where the starter isn't in question, but the competition to be the back-up should be stiff in the event Karras needs a replacement.

Right tackle:
Austin Schmidt: 6-6, 285, Sophomore
Joe Spencer: 6-4, 300, Redshirt Sophomore
The Word: Schmidt filled in here and there during his first year on campus, doing well enough that he should enter spring as the favorite to replace the exiting Corey Lewis. Again, the back-up at this spot could be filled by any number of players, with coach A.J. Ricker's opinion that the five best players will play, regardless of position or lineup.


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