Practice Notebook (August 27)

Breaking down the depth chart, freshman contributors and more.

With the depth chart for Western Michigan released Tuesday, it brought plenty of interesting things to note.

**Before getting into the depth chart, Damion Terry was getting in extra work after practice one-on-one with Brad Salem. He has been told to be ready to play, so it isn't out of the question that Terry will see the field early this season.

**Freshmen weren't on the depth chart entering camp, naturally, and have been added now. Those on the list: quarterback "OR" Damion Terry, No. 2 kicker Michael Geiger, No. 2 field corner Darian Hicks, No. 3 running back Delton Williams/Gerald Holmes, No. 3 strong safety Jalyn Powell and No. 3 weakside defensive end Demetrius Cooper.

For what it's worth, I think Delton Williams is ahead of Gerald Holmes on the depth chart at this time.

**The notable freshmen missing from the depth chart were the pair of linebackers, Jon Reschke and Shane Jones. Entering fall camp, they were the two expected to contribute the most this season. Instead, sophomore Darien Harris has moved the backup MIKE spot behind Max Bullough, a role many thought Reschke would fill. It is possible with the emergence of Harris and Ed Davis that the freshman no longer are expected to play the same roles next season and can be redshirted.

"It's still continuing to evolve," Dantonio said. "They're both very good players. We basically lose four linebackers that are seniors this year. If we can redshirt them, we will. If we cannot because of injuries, we won't. Right now I feel we have seven linebackers at that position that are game ready to play, that have game experience. … Just going to play those guys on special teams. Right now we'll try to hold them. Both very, very good players. Explosive. Smart players."

**Sophomore offensive guard Jack Allen is not on the depth chart and it looks like he will not play. Lawrence Thomas and James Kittredge also were missing from the depth chart.

"Well, I guess 'assume' is a big word," Dantonio said. "Take it for what it's worth. I don't talk about injuries here."

**It looks like senior offensive tackle Fou Fonoti "can play" on Friday, but won't start. The starting line will look like this: LT Donavon Clark, LG Blake Treadwell, C Travis Jackson, RG Dan France, RT Jack Conklin.

**Andre Sims Jr. has locked up the punt returner job, and Nick Hill and Darien Harris will handle the kick returner duties.

" Andre has been very consistent," Dantonio said. "He's had a great summer camp as well at wide receiver. Last year he was consistent, has experience in that area, punt return.

"Darien Harris is a tough guy, he can run, he can really run. He was a tailback in high school. He has the skill set to go back there and do those things. Often times there's guys that are just going to surprise you every now and then. But we have the ability to put other guys back there, as well. But he's been impressive."


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