Northwestern releases depth chart

Our brief rundown of the Northwestern depth chart, released Monday.

Northwestern football released its depth chart heading into the season opener at California this Saturday. The Wildcats return several starters to the fold, but Pat Fitzgerald included some justifiable surprises at the beginning of game week.

Namely, former walk-on Mike Jensen earned the fourth starting spot at wide receiver. Despite considerable promise shown by Cameron Dickerson, Jensen is likely to face several targets in 2013—one of the many nice stories from this team.

The wide receiver depth chart favors some of the hardest working players. Also a walk-on, Cermak Bland translated his hard-nosed training camp to a spot on the two-deep. With Kyle Prater still largely irrelevant in the offense, any spike in the passing game could lead to an emerging breakout receiver.

Also on offense, it was significant that Treyvon Green earned the "OR" label next to Mike Trumpy for the second-string running back role. Green had an extremely impressive camp, earning rave reviews from everyone close to the team.

You'd have to think now that Green will make his case for the starting RB spot next season. We might have looked towards the future (in the form of Malin Jones) too quickly, given that Green's re-emergence might lift the offense this year.

The only uncertain position battle appears to be at defensive end. Dean Lowry and Deonte Gibson were listed as co-starters in a memorable position battle. Either or both should find success opposite of Tyler Scott.

In another slight surprise on defense, redshirt freshman Terrance Brown did well enough to make the two-deep this season. If he's a capable backup, it could spell "redshirt" for standout frosh Godwin Igwebuike, and perhaps lead to Fitzgerald's ideal situation in which all true freshmen spend their first year on the sidelines.

The complete depth chart for week one can be viewed HERE

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