UM Football Blog: 10/1

Read on for the latest surrounding Miami's football team, with analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

The newest depth chart was released today and there are a few changes worth taking a closer look at.

* At wide receiver, freshman Robert Lockhart is still not listed. Many people thought he'd be added into the rotation after the injury to Malcolm Lewis. That didn't happen, as he didn't see the field against N.C. State. The Canes continue listing their top six there, which includes Kendal Thompkins, who didn't see a single target in the win on Saturday. It appears Lockhart is getting closer and closer to looking at a possible redshirt. With as much upside as any of the freshman receivers, Lockhart simply doesn't seem to be game-ready yet.

* Benjamin Jones was listed as a co-starter at right tackle following the team's win over Georgia Tech. He then started the NC State game before leaving with an injury. He's no longer listed anywhere on the depth chart, which probably means he'll be out for this weekend's game. Ereck Flowers and Seantrel Henderson will likely continue splitting the reps at that spot.

* Redshirt freshman Hunter Wells is on the depth chart for the first time since the preseason, listed as Malcolm Bunche's backup at left tackle. A late signee in Al Golden's first recruiting class, Wells hasn't seen the field yet this season after redshirting last season. Now that he's listed, it probably means that he's making solid progress. His upside here remains unclear but if the Canes can work him into the rotation at some point this season it bodes well for his future here.

* True freshman Dequan Ivery was added as a backup at defensive tackle. Ivery,who may have the most upside of all the freshman defensive linemen, had a solid preseason but hasn't played any minutes so far this season. He's still one of seven healthy defensive tackles listed so playing time against Notre Dame this weekend isn't a given but it appears he's starting to make a move toward possibly seeing the field.

* The best news of the week has to be the return of middle linebacker Denzel Perryman. The talented sophomore came into the season widely considered one of the two best players on Miami's defense. He played well early in the season but got hurt against Bethune Cookman and didn't even dress the last two games. Getting him back in the middle means Gionni Paul is back on the outside, competing with Tyrone Cornileus for a starting spot.

* Freshman Rapheal Kirby, who had a solid offseason and was expected to play a role for Miami this season before getting hurt right before the season, is listed on the depth chart for the first time this season so it looks like he'll play some. Like Perryman, he's another quality addition to what's been a thin linebacker corps so far this season.

* Ladarius Gunter seems to be making a move up the depth chart. He's been a backup all season but has seen an increase in reps the last couple weeks and he's now listed as the co-starter with Thomas Finnie, opposite senior Brandon McGee. Freshman Tracy Howard, who has barely played the last couple weeks, is still listed. He's one of the two backups to McGee, along with fellow freshman Antonio Crawford.


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