Irish Game Day Depth Chart

A look at today's expected starters and key contributors for the Irish vs. the Golden Hurricane.

Irish Offensive Depth Chart

Junior wide receiver Michael Floyd is expected to start. His status will be updated on our Football Forum Message Board prior to the contest.

Quarterback:

  1. Junior Dayne Crist
  2. Junior Nate Montana or Freshman Tommy Rees

Tailback:

  1. Senior Armando Allen
  2. Sophomore Cierre Wood
  3. Junior Robert Hughes

"W" Receiver:

  1. Junior Michael Floyd
  2. Senior Duval Kamara

"X" Receiver:

  1. Junior John Goodman
  2. Freshman Bennett Jackson

"Z" Receiver (slot):

  1. Freshman Tai-ler Jones
  2. Sophomore Robby Toma

Tight End:

  1. Sophomore Tyler Eifert
  2. Senior Mike Ragone
    Note: Sophomore Jake Golic could also see action.

Left Tackle:

  1. Sophomore Zack Martin
  2. Senior Andrew Nuss

Left Guard:

  1. 5th-Year Senior Chris Stewart
  2. Sophomore Chris Watt

Center:

  1. Junior Braxston Cave
  2. Junior Mike Golic or Chris Watt

Right Guard:

  1. Junior Trevor Robinson
  2. Junior Mike Golic

Right Tackle:

  1. Senior Taylor Dever
  2. Senior Matt Romine
    Note: Both Romine and Dever should see action. Dever is expected to make his first start since Week Five; he returned last week in a relief role after sitting out Week Five and Week Six (Pittsburgh and Western Michigan) due to a hamstring injury.

Defensive Depth Chart

Defensive End:

  1. Junior Kapron Lewis-Moore
  2. Senior Emeka Nwankwo

Defensive End:

  1. Junior Ethan Johnson
  2. Freshman Kona Schwenke
    Note: Schwenke is expected to make his 2010 debut today.

Nose Guard:

  1. Junior Sean Cwynar
  2. Junior Hafis Williams
    Note: Senior starter Ian Williams is out 4-6 week with an MCL sprain. Cwynar started one game in 2010 in relief of Williams – the 2009 Senior Day loss to Connecticut. Hafis Williams has appeared in each of the season's previous eight games at defensive end. He'll serve today as the team's backup nose guard. Sophomore Tyler Stockton could also see action.

"CAT" Outside Linebacker:

  1. Junior Darius Fleming
  2. Freshman Prince Shembo

"DOG" Outside Linebacker:

  1. Senior Kerry Neal
  2. Senior Brian Smith
    Note: Junior Steve Filer could play as well.

MIKE Linebacker:

  1. Sophomore Manti Te'o
  2. Sophomore Dan Fox and Junior Anthony McDonald

WILL Linebacker:

  1. Sophomore Dan Fox
  2. Junior Anthony McDonald
    Note: Sophomore Carlo Calabrese is expected to miss today's contest with a hamstring injury suffered in the second half of last week's contest vs. Navy. IrishEyes will update Calabrese's status closer to game time.

Free Safety (Field):

  1. Sophomore Zeke Motta
  2. Junior Jamoris Slaughter
    Note: Slaughter is not yet fully recovered from an ankle injury suffered in Week One vs. Purdue. Walk-on junior Chris Salvi could also see time.

Strong Safety (Boundary):

  1. Senior Harrison Smith
  2. Junior Dan McCarthy

Field Cornerback:

  1. Senior Darrin Walls
  2. Freshman Lo Wood

Boundary Cornerback:

  1. Gary Gray
  2. Robert Blanton

Special Teams

  • Placekicker: Senior David Ruffer
  • Kick-offs: Senior David Ruffer or Sophomore Nick Tausch
  • Punter: Sophomore Ben Turk
  • Punt Return: Junior John Goodman
  • Kick Return: Freshman Bennett Jackson, freshman Austin Collinsworth or sophomore Cierre Wood. Junior Jonas Gray could also appear as a return option
  • Long Snapper: Sophomore Jordan Cowart
  • Short Snapper: Senior Bill Flavin
  • Holder: Junior Ryan Kavanagh

IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories