Pitt's Initial Depth Chart

Sure, there has been just one practice day for the Pitt football team during training camp, but a pecking order already has been established.

It can change at some point during camp, of course, but here is the initial Pittsburgh depth chart for 2009.

Fifth-year senior Bill Stull is the starting quarterback with junior Pat Bostick, redshirt freshman Tino Sunseri, frosh Kolby Gray and walk-on redshirt sophomore Andrew Janocko providing depth.

The offensive line has redshirt junior Jason Pinkston at left tackle, three-year starter Joe Thomas at left guard, senior Robb Houser at center, senior John Malecki at right guard and sophomore Lucas Nix at right tackle. Redshirt sophomore Chris Jacobson could fit in at left guard as well, but he opened with the second-team group.

Redshirt sophomore Jordan Gibbs is the backup left tackle, with Jacobson at left guard, walk-on redshirt junior Alex Karabin at center, redshirt freshman Ryan Turnley at right guard and redshirt sophomore Greg Gaskins at right guard. Some depth is beginning to build behind this group as well.

The other left tackles are redshirt freshman Keith Coleman and frosh Juantez Hollins, while redshirt sophomore John Fieger and frosh Fernando Diaz at left guard. With Wayne Jones out after knee surgery, redshirt junior Jared Martin is the lone backup center. The other right guards are freshman Ryan Schlieper and fifth-year senior Josh Novotny, while redshirt sophomore Dan Matha and freshman Cory King are the right tackles.

The tight ends are seniors Nate Byham and Dorin Dickerson with redshirt freshman Mike Cruz possibly being used as well when Pitt goes with a short-yardage set. Redshirt frosh Justin Virbitsky, freshmen Brock DeCicco and Jon Tisak provide even more depth. And redshirt sophomore Andrew Devlin, a transfer, can't play this year but will move up the depth chart next year.

The wide receiver position appears to be loaded as well with sophomore Jonathan Baldwin and fifth-year senior Oderick Turner split out, while fifth-year senior Cedric McGee and redshirt sophomore Aundre Wright are the flankers.

There is a lot of talent after these guys as well with redshirt freshmen Michael Shanahan, Cam Saddler and Caleb Wilson and senior Greg Cross at split end, while redshirt sophomore Aaron Smith and freshmen Devin Street and Ed Tinker are at the flanker spots.

Redshirt sophomore Henry Hynosk is the fullback, while redshirt junior Kevin Collier is the backup. Walk-on redshirt junior Joe Capp and freshman Kevin Adams provide depth at the position.

The running backs are talented and deep with freshman Dion Lewis, redshirt sophomore Shariff Harris and redshirt freshman Chris Burns battling for playing time, while freshmen Ray Graham and Jason Douglas hope to earn higher spots on the depth chart. At first glance, it appears that each has the talent to play, but there aren't enough carries available for that to happen.

Let's move on to the defense. Junior Jabaal Sheard and redshirt sophomore Justin Hargrove are the top left ends, while redshirt junior Greg Romeus and redshirt sophomore Tony Tucker are on the right side. Redshirt freshman Shayne Hale and redshirt sophomore Brandon Lindsey provide depth as well on the left and right sides, respectively, with freshmen Bernardo Nunez and Jack Lippert behind them.

Fifth-year senior Gus Mustakas and redshirt sophomore Myles Caragein are the nose tackles with fifth-year senior Craig Bokor in a backup role. The defensive tackles are fifth-year senior Mick Williams, redshirt sophomore Chas Alecxih, redshirt junior Ty Tkach and freshman Tyrone Ezell.

The linebacking corps appears to be loaded as well with redshirt sophomores Greg Williams and Max Gruder starting on the strong and weak sides, respectively, and sixth-year senior Adam Gunn in the middle. Redshirt sophomore Tristan Roberts and redshirt junior Nate Nix also are at the Sam spot, while fifth-year senior Shane Murray backs up Gruder at Will. Also in the middle are fifth-year senior Steve Dell and redshirt freshman Jon Taglianetti.

Other strong-side linebackers are redshirt freshman Joe Trebitz and freshman Carl Fleming, while redshirt freshman Manny Williams and frosh Shane Gordon are on the weak side. In the middle are freshman Dan Mason, who appears physically ready to play right now, and redshirt freshman Nick Tate.

In the secondary are seniors Aaron Berry and Jovani Chappel at cornerback, while junior Dom DeCicco is the strong safety and redshirt junior Elijah Fields is at free safety. The backup corners are redshirt junior Ricky Gary with Chappel and sophomore Antwuan Reed behind Berry, while fifth-year senior Irvan Brown backs up DeCicco and sophomore Andrew Taglianetti is pushing Fields.

Redshirt freshman Jarred Holley is the next cornerback off the bench with redshirt freshman Jeremiah Davis and fifth-year senior Dan Cafaro providing depth. The remaining safeties are freshman Jason Hendricks at strong and redshirt freshman Marco Pecora at free safety.

Redshirt freshman Kevin Harper and redshirt junior Dan Hutchins are the place-kickers, while Hutchins will handle the punting duties as well. Cruz, Fieger and Pecora are working at the long-snapper position.

This isn't likely to change drastically, but there could be some movement once Pitt starts to hit a little more this weekend and after the initial scrimmage next week.

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