Analysis: Post-Spring Practice Depth Chart

Rutgers released its post-spring depth chart today, and there were a few surprises, be it players on the two-deep or players left off it. But what does it all mean? breaks down the meaning of the depth chart with a position-by-position analysis.

Rutgers released its post-spring depth chart today, and while much can change once training camp begins and the freshmen arrive, there is some intrigue to it.

So, what does it all mean? staff writers Sam Hellman and Brian Dohn break down the depth chart, providing insight in a position-by-position breakdown.


WR 6 Mohamed Sanu (Jr., 6-2, 218) 5 Tim Wright (Jr., 6-4, 216)
WR 81 Mark Harrison (Jr., 6-3, 230) 17 Brandon Coleman (R-Fr., 6-6, 215)
Dohn's take: There is plenty of depth, and given the way Coleman performed in the spring, the battle between he and Harrison for a starting spot will be loads of fun to watch in camp. And think of the speed when Miles Shuler and Tejay Johnson arrive.
Hellman's take: When you look at the builds of these four, they're all pretty similar. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it means that you will see more than just these four on the field. Guys like Quron Pratt, Shuler and Johnson are smaller and shiftier and can have a different role in the offense.

Offensive line
LT 66 Andre Civil (So., 6-3, 256) 71 Devon Watkis (Jr., 6-7, 310)
LG 70 Desmond Wynn (Sr., 6-6, 290) 77 Art Forst (Sr., 6-8, 311)
C 59 David Osei (So., 6-4, 266) 60 Caleb Ruch (Sr., 6-4, 290)
RG 75 Antwan Lowery (So., 6-4, 302) 60 Caleb Ruch (Sr., 6-4, 290)
RT 73 Desmond Stapleton (Sr., 6-5, 285) 68 Matt McBride (So, 6-6. 280)
Dohn's take: This will be a work in progress throughout camp, especially with the second team. Kaleb Johnson is the only incoming freshman who can play this season, and keep in mind Wynn may actually be the backup right tackle, and Stapleton is likely to be the backup left tackle. The first five are pretty solid, but the jockeying begins afterward.
Hellman's take: These are the same names (minus Howard Barbieri) that gave up an abysmal 61 sacks last season, but the placement is different. It will be interesting to see who becomes the sixth man and seventh man in the rotation.

Tight ends
TE 89 Paul Carrezola (So., 6-2, 235) OR 10 D.C. Jefferson (Jr., 6-6, 258)
Dohn's take: The "OR" in this grouping tells a lot, specifically nothing was settled at a position that can be of great use in this version of the pro-style offense.
Hellman's take: Jefferson looks the part, but Carrezola put together a more complete spring. Going into camp, he is in good standing against the incumbent, Jefferson.

QB 19 Chas Dodd (So., 6-0, 197) 12 Steve Shimko (Jr., 6-5, 230)
Dohn's take: It is nothing against Shimko, but he is the backup because he is the only choice right now. No question Dodd is the starter, but Gary Nova and Mike Bimonte move into the backup picture the moment they arrive on campus.
Hellman's take: Dodd spent the winter and spring knowing the starting job was his. It will be interesting to see how differently he responds to the start of camp in comparison to Tom Savage at the start of last year. Savage entered last training camp in the same position that Dodd is in now.

Running backs
FB 38 Joe Martinek (Sr., 6-0, 215) 46 Michael Burton (R-Fr., 6-0, 220)
RB 18 Jeremy Deering (So., 6-2, 203) OR 34 De'Antwan Williams (Jr., 5-8, 195) OR 23 Jawan Jamison (R-Fr., 5-8, 200)
Dohn's take:Not having Marcus Thompson on the two-deep suggests he may be heading back to defense when training camp opens. As for the "OR" amongst the three running backs …well, here's guessing Savon Huggins' name will on some two-deep very quickly with Deering joining him.
Hellman's take: Without taking a single snap at fullback because of his injury, Martinek is still the undisputed starter going into training camp. With his experience and work ethic, that does not come as a surprise. Between running back and quarterback, it will be interesting to see which player between Huggins, Nova and Bimonte first cracks the two-deep, and if it will even take a week.

Defensive line
DE 91 Justin Francis (Jr., 6-4, 262) 92 Jamil Merrell (So., 6-4, 250)
DT 90 Michael Larrow (So., 6-4, 252) 93 Djwany Mera (Fr., 6-4, 255)
DT 94 Scott Vallone (Jr., 6-3, 270) 72 Isaac Holmes (So., 6-3, 277)
DE 51 Manny Abreu (Sr., 6-3, 245) 35 Shane Meisner (R-Fr., 6-3, 240)
Dohn's take: The glaring omission is no Kenneth Kirksey, but there is time for him to make the more. Mera was more technically sound in spring, but the lack of a proven pass rusher is something that stands out.
Hellman's take: Nothing against Shame Meisner, who put on a good spring, but seeing his name on the two-deep and Mera as a defensive tackle shows how little depth there is at end. For true freshmen like Max Issaka, Myles Jackson and Kyle George, this could be a quick ticket onto the field.

LB 42 Steve Beauharnais (Jr., 6-2, 230) 37 Jamal Merrell (So., 6-4, 204)
LB 13 Ka'Lial Glaud (Jr., 6-2, 223) 56 Marvin Booker (Sr., 6-2, 220)
LB 20 Khaseem Greene (Jr., 6-1, 215) 30 Edmond Laryea (Sr., 6-1, 223)
Dohn's take:The starting three are also the clearly the top three linebackers on the roster. The battle will take place among the backups in training camp, but release Glaud and Beauharnais can play any of the three spots, and likely would shift if there is an injury.
Hellman's take: Again, nothing against Jamal Merrell, but his name on the two-deep suggests a good chance for a youngster to get on the field. Look for guys like red-shirt freshman David Milewski and true freshmen Kevin Snyder and Quentin Gause to compete.

CB 11 Logan Ryan (So., 6-0, 186) OR 12 Marcus Cooper (Jr., 6-2, 185)
SS 32 Duron Harmon (Jr., 6-1, 198) 47 Patrick Kivlehan (Sr., 6-2, 211)
FS 4 David Rowe (Sr., 6-0, 196) 27 Wayne Warren (Jr., 6-1, 204)
CB 25 Brandon Jones (Jr., 6-1, 187) OR 24 Mason Robinson (Sr., 5-10, 190)
Dohn's take:Not naming a starter out of the spring at both cornerback slots shows no one took hold of the position. There is talent, but unproven talent, at the cornerback slot. The starting safeties are strong, and Warren makes a nice backup and nickel guy.
Hellman's take: Both David Rowe and Brandon Bing are gone as starters at cornerback and no single guy stepped up this spring to take over the No. 1 spot. Lorenzo Waters' absence comes as a bit of a surprise after he worked on the second-team in the spring game, but Kivlehan and Warren dominate him in the experience department.

Kicking game
LS 85 Robert Jones (So., 6-0, 208) 41 Rob Horrell (R-Fr., 5-10, 210)
P 16 Anthony DiPaula (Fr., 6-1, 215) 6 Mohamed Sanu (Jr., 6-2, 218)
PK 1 San San Te (Sr., 5-9, 180) 95 Nick DeLouisa (R-Fr., 6-3, 215)
Dohn's take: No surprises, but DiPaula as a true freshman is a scary proposition while Te needs to show he can make long kicks.
Hellman's take: As expected. It's hard to picture Sanu actually winning the punting job because of injury concerns. DiPaula has a lot to prove in camp, however. With Kyle Sullivan gone, Te has no competition for his job, but needs to be a more consistent kicker.

Return game
PR 24 Mason Robinson (Sr., 5-10, 190)
KR 18 Jeremy Deering (So., 6-2, 203) 81 Mark Harrison (Jr., 6-3, 230)
Dohn's take: Robinson and his sure hands should stick returning punts, but the kick returners likely will change when the freshmen arrive. While Deering could stay as a returner, Harrison may not be a long-term solution there.
Hellman's take: Harrison returning kicks is really something I just don't see. This is a great opportunity for a speedster like Shuler or Johnson to jump immediately into the fray.

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