Looking Ahead: 2014 Offensive Depth Chart

Looking at the position groups and projecting the depth chart in 2014

Quarterback
Utah should have one of the top, and most stable contingent of quarterbacks in the Pac 12 by 2014. Every QB on the roster now will be back with Travis Wilson in his third year as the starter. He'll be pushing for all conference honors by 2014 and will have a lot of young talent behind him. Until someone else shows they're better than Adam Schulz, he sits in the backup spot, but don't be surprised if any of the incoming freshman jump the former walk-on. Brandon Cox, Conner Manning, and Micah Thomas all bring something different to the table and will give the coaches a variety of different looks. Utah will take an elite QB in the 2014 class if they can get one, but that's not a certainty. If they can't get one of the guys they really want, the Utes will pass on a quarterback in the upcoming class.

Projected Depth Chart
Travis Wilson (Jr)
Adam Schulz (Jr)
Brandon Cox (So or R-Fr) or
Conner Manning (So or R-Fr) or
Micah Thomas (So or R-Fr)

Running Back
Depth; There's a ton of it. Karl Williams and Kelvin York are gone, but Utah will have seven running backs to choose from (eight if Harvey Langi returns and stays in the backfield). After watching 2013's spring ball, James Poole is the projected 2014 starter, but the likes of Devontae Booker and Lucky Radley could easily push for that spot. Booker will have had a year to adapt to the Pac 12 level and will definitely be in the mix. Jarrell Oliver is a big wild card in all of this. The guy has a ton of talent, but has battled inconsistency, injuries, and lack of confidence. The young guys are still a bit of an unknown. Dre'Vian Young has the most upside, but Marcus Williams may the most physically ready to compete. The 2013 scout team battle at running back will be very telling as to what we can expect in 2014.

Projected Depth Chart
James Poole (Jr)
Devontae Booker (Sr)
Lucky Radley (Sr)
Jarrell Oliver (Jr)
Harvey Langi (So)
Troy McCormick (So or R-Fr) or
Dre'Vian Young (So or R-Fr) or
Marcus Williams (So or R-Fr)

Wide Receiver
The Utes don't lose much after the 2013 season with only Anthony Denham and Sean Fitzgerald graduating. The three projected starters from this season are all coming back in Anderson, Scott, and the combination of Andre Lewis/Quinton Pedroza. Both Scott and Anderson will be seasoned veterans while Lewis is someone that we expect to comtribute right away this season and grab the third starting spot. Pedroza is talented, but hasn't shown enough to be considered a starter going forward. He'll need a big 2013 to fend off some of the younger guys. Xavier Shepherd and Delshawn McClellon bring speed, but are still youngsters with more polished players ahead of them. Brian Allen is a guy to keep an eye on. He has as much next level talent as anyone on the team and could be a prime candidate for a breakout 2014 after another year of seasoning.

Projected Depth Chart
Dres Anderson (Sr)
Delshawn McClellon (So)
Xavier Shepherd (So or R-Fr)

Kenneth Scott (Sr)
Brian Allen (So)
Dominique Hatfield (So or R-Fr)

Andre Lewis (Sr)
Quinton Pedroza (Sr)
2014 Recruit

Tight End
We're projecting that Jake Murphy moves on the the NFL after the 2013. With Westlee Tonga graduating, that leaves a bit of a hole. Luckily, Utah just picked up Evan Moeai, who looks like he could turn into an elite player. Greg Reese will get a lot of run in blocking situations. Harrison Handley is a talented player that will turn into a traditional tight end once he adds a bit more weight to his frame. The Utes will likely bring in one high school tight end for the 2014 class to solidify the spot.

Projected Depth Chart
Evan Moeia (Jr)
Greg Reese (Sr)
Harrison Handley (So or R-Fr)

Offensive Line
The Utes will lose two starters to graduation in Vyncent Jones and Jeremiah Tofaeono, but the drop-off won't be there. Hiva Lutui will step right in for Jones and may end up being better right off the bat. Dereky Tuimauga should slide over from right guard and into the starting spot at left. Isaac Asiata could also make a push for that spot. The tackles are set with Jeremiah Poutasi and Siaosi Aiono both coming into their junior years in 2014. Enjoy Poutasi then because he's likely headed to the NFL after the 2014 season. With Carlos Lozano and Andrew Albers as backups, there are no depth issues. You could even see an elite prospect like Jackson Barton or return missionary Nua Poteki fighting for time as a true freshman. Overall, the offensive line should be the best unit on the team in 2014.

Projected Depth Chart
Left Tackle
Jeremia Poutasi (Jr)
Carlos Lozano (Sr)
Jackson Barton (Fr)

Left Guard
Derek Tuimauga (Jr)
Marc Pouvave (Sr)
2014 Recruit

Center
Hiva Lutui (So)
J.J. Dielman (So)

Right Guard
Junior Salt (Sr)
Isaac Asiata (So)
Kala Friel (Jr)

Right Tackle
Siaosi Aiono (Jr)
Andrew Albers (Sr)
Salesi Uhatafe (So or R-Fr)

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