Depth Chart Analysis

The Hurricanes have released their depth chart for Saturday's spring game. CanesTime's Mike Bakas takes a closer look at it with the his analysis.

QB: It's as expected. Kevin Olsen is further ahead than Gray Crow, and it's listed that way on the depth chart. With Ryan Williams out, this is Olsen's offense now and Saturday will be a tremendous opportunity for him.

RB: Gus Edwards is the only player on the depth chart that figures to get carries this coming season. Duke Johnson and Joseph Yearby will get the others. He should be busy Saturday.

FB: Walter Tucker has bounced between fullback and running back this spring but will get the start at fullback Saturday. That's his expected role for this coming season as well, although he's not expected to be on the field as much as Maurice Hagens was in 2013.

WR: Stacy Coley has clearly been the best of the group this spring. Phillip Dorsett got a late start due to track but it's still somewhat surprising that Malcolm Lewis is listed as a co-starter there. Now seemingly fully healthy, Lewis simply doesn't offer the game-breaking ability that Dorsett does. Rashawn Scott and Herb Waters are proven pass-catchers off the bench, while D'Mauri Jones will get a chance to jump into the mix after what has been a much improved spring for him.

TE: Standish Dobard has been one of the pleasant surprises this spring, so it should not surprise people that he's the starter here. Clive Walford and Beau Sandland have been limited with injuries but Dobard should be able to challenge them even when they're fully healthy.

OL: Ereck Flowers (LT) and Jon Feliciano (LG) are the leaders and anchor what should be a very strong left side of the line. Alex Gall has outperformed Hunter Wells in place of injured Shane McDermott at center. Gall could play a similar role as Jared Wheeler in 2013 as someone who sees time at center and guard off the bench. Danny Isidora's had a strong spring at right guard and will have a chance to really lock that spot down Saturday night. Taylor Gadbois is slightly ahead of Sunny Odogwu on the right side but that's one area Miami must improve at over the next few months.

DE: The most interesting development here is that Anthony Chickillo and Ufomba Kamalu are on the same side, which means Quan Muhammad or Tyriq McCord will get the start on the other side. If it stays that way, Miami should be more effective rushing the passer on earlier downs this season.

DT: Olsen Pierre was the only returning starter inside and has been limited all of spring with an injury. The others have been up and down, which is why there are no legitimate starters heading into Saturday. The top two performers will get a leg up heading into the summer, when more help will arrive.

LB: Denzel Perryman is the only player here with a starting spot locked up. Alex Figueroa is more talented than Thurston Armbrister but lacks his experience. Expect Fig to pull ahead here after Saturday. Jermaine Grace has pulled even with Raphael Kirby on the other side and will really have a chance to challenge him for the starting job Saturday night.

CB: Tracy Howard and Artie Burns have pulled ahead of the rest of a deep group of corners heading into Saturday. Antonio Crawford will likely again serve as the team's nickel back. Especially when Ladarius Gunter returns in the fall, there's a lot more depth here than a year ago.

S: Jamal Carter has been excellent this spring and has become Miami's top safety option. Deon Bush and Dallas Crawford are even on the other side but don't count out Rayshawn Jenkins, who will not play Saturday with an injury.

ST: Coley has emerged as the team's top return specialist, while Ricky Carroll is giving Matt Goudis a challenge as the team's punter. Unfortunately, there will be a significant dropoff from the way Pat O'Donnell played in 2013.

Note: WR Garrett Kidd, DE Dwayne Hoilett, CB Larry Hope, and S Ray Lewis are the only four non-injured and non-first year players who are not listed anywhere on the depth chart.

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