Quarterback: Zac Robinson has looked good in practice and may be the best rushing quarterback in all of college football next season. Robinson is tough and has tremendous take off ability on his runs. Just as head coach Mike Gundy prescribed Robinson is getting plenty of work on the passing game, particularly the short and intermediate passing game. The battle for backup will continue all the way through the Orange-White Game and may have to be extended to be fair to Brandon Weeden. Weeden's physical skills are tremendous but Alex Cate is the man of moxie and his knowledge of the offense is a huge advantage at this stage.
Depth: Zac Robinson, Alex Cate, Brandon Weeden, Zac Dickey
Running Back: This is a position where competition is making players better. Kendall Hunter had a good scrimmage and a great practice on Wednesday and you can see where he is feeling pushed by junior college newcomer Beau Johnson, who has been strong and while not running the ball as well had a good scrimmage catching the ball out of the backfield. If there two keep pushing each other then Cowboy fans may not miss Dantrell Savage nearly as much as they feared. Keith Toston is running a lot on that surgically repaired knee and he was visible in the scrimmage coaching up new running backs Melvin Davis and Michael Roberts.
Depth: Kendall Hunter, Beau Johnson, Keith Toston (inj.)
Fullback: For not recruiting one and saying they will rarely use one, Bryant Ward got a lot of work in the scrimmage. Ward is a solid blocker, but he is not a threat to run with the ball.
Depth: Bryant Ward, John Tobe=n
Wide Receiver: I'm convinced that Damian Davis has grown and is at least 6-6, maybe 6-7. He is also maturing quickly as a wide receiver. He still needs another 15 to 20 pounds but he has a chance to be really good. Davis was the top target in the scrimmage and he really could be unstoppable. Artrell Woods is coming along nicely and says he expects to be faster by August than he was when he was running by everybody last spring. Teammates say that redshirt freshman Josh Cooper and transfer Bo Bowling are two of the fastest white men in college football. They both have that burst. Dez Bryant is doing fine and continuing to mature. Coaches want to see more from Hubert Anyiam when practice resumes after spring break.
Depth: Starters: Dez Bryant, Damian Davis, Artrell Woods; Rotation: DeMarcus Conner, Josh Cooper, Bo Bowling, Jeremy Broadway, Hubert Anyiam
Tight End: Brandon Pettigrew skipped the scrimmage with a sprained finger. No big deal because he doesn't need to prove anything in scrimmages. The other three tight ends need the work as Wilson Youman (troubled by blisters) has a ways to go. Brian Bowling and Ben Bailey have a chance as a blocker at this position must be identified.
Depth: Brandon Pettigrew, Wilson Youman, Brian Bowling or Ben Bailey
Offensive Line: This area could be improved over a strong season in 2007. The desired response of bringing in Andrew Mitchell has happened as he and Brady Bond are really battling hard for the starting position. Both may be good enough to start and another option might be putting the runner-up in that battle in an 80s number and having them play as the second blocking tight end, since both are former tight ends. The competition up and down the line is great. A surprise in the scrimmage was redshirt freshman Jonathan Rush moving into the number one slot at left guard. Remember returning injured starter at center David Washington is expected to be cleared for full contact when the team returns from spring break. The dream of having an second offensive line that plays is close to reality.
Depth (LT through RT): Russell Okung, Jonathan Rush, Andrew Lewis, Steve Denning, Brady Bond; Trent Perkins, Michael Booker, Andrew Lawrence, Noah Franklin, Andrew Mitchell
Defensive End: In the scrimmage Ugo Chinasa, Richetti Jones and Jamie Blatnick all showed up making plays. The depth was tested a little as Derek Burton suffered a lower right arm injury early in the scrimmage. This position looks to be pretty good despite the youth, but they need to avoid injuries here and get in another recruiting class.
Depth End: Derel Burton, Jamie Blatnick; Leo: Ugo Chinasa, Richetti Jones, Jeremiah Price
Defensive Tackle: Improving but still with a long way to go. Jeray Chatham has earned a black shirt and he has improved, but you have to be realistic and keep in mind he would be a rotation player for most defenses in this league. The Cowboys need a player here that can take over the game. Tonga Tea has improved but is more of a pure run stopper at tackle. Of the new guys Swanson Miller looks like he has a chance. I also like the fire that Shane Jarka seems to have and Jonathan Lewis seems to have made improvements.
Depth Nose: Jeray Chatham, Tonga Tea, Swanson Miller; 3 Tech: Quencey Patrick, Shane Jarka, Jonathan Lewis
Linebackers: Orie Lemon and Justin Gent, both at the Mike linebacker now, made tackles and played havoc some with the offense. It looked good, but defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Tim Beckman said there was a lot of things that he saw that will have to be corrected. Beckman is insistent that somebody will have to play and play well at the Mike linebacker position. At the star position Andre Sexton is players really well and Deron Fontenot showed up some too.
Depth (WLB-MLB-Star): Patrick Lavine, Orie Lemon, Andre Sexton; Seb Clements, Justin Gent, Deron Fontenot
Defensive Backs: This is definitely going to be the most improved area of the football team. There are still mistakes here, but this crew is bigger, faster, stronger, and a year smarter. The newcomers appear to be catching on quickly. I think Jacob Lacey is one potentially great corner. The safeties -- combining Ricky Price, Quinton Moore, newcomer Lucien Antoine, and moved from corner to safety T.J. Bell -- make for a strong group. That is without mentioning Markelle Martin, who will be bucking for playing time and maybe a black shirt after his scrimmage. He had the telegraphed interception he took back 60 for the score, but even better he had great hits. Maurice Gray out of Butler is also climbing the depth chart.
Depth (BC-SS-FS-FC): Jacob Lacey, Ricky Price, Quinton Moore, Perrish Cox; Al'Darrius Thompson, T.J. Bell, Lucien Antoine, Maurice Gray
Specialists: They did not scrimmage but based on every day work little has changed. Punter Matt Fodge has had some spectacular days so far booming the football. Dan Bailey has been consistent. Zach Allen is solid as the returning snapper, but redshirt freshman Marc Yerry has improved over the year.
Depth: (K): Dan Bailey, Grayson Buster; (P): Matt Fodge; (LS): Zach Allen, Marc Yerry
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