Spring Blossoms

In the grand scheme of things in the college football world, few aspects mean less than the two-deep depth chart on the first day of springs drills. For all the changes that are certain to come, it might as well be written on an EtchASketch.

But the fact of the matter is that someone has to go out there with the first and second units when practice begins.

For Bill Stewart, who is beginning his second year of spring drills as WVU's head coach, the two deep he and his staff put out there on the first day didn't contain many surprises. It followed pretty closely with the depth chart they had released a couple weeks ago.

Here is a look at what the Mountaineers' first two units looked like on day one of spring drills.

First Team Offense

QB – Jarrett Brown
RB – Noel Devine
FB – Will Johnson
TE – Tyler Urban
LT – Don Barclay
LG – Josh Jenkins
C – Eric Jobe
RG – Matt Timmerman
RT – Selvish Capers
Slot – Carmen Connolly
WR – Alric Arnett
WR – Bradley Starks

Second Team Offense

QB – Coley White
RB – Mark Rodgers
FB – Ricky Kovatch
TE – Tyler Rader
LT – Levi Pardee
LG – Chad Snodgrass
C – Gino Gradkowski & Joey Madsen
RG – Jeff Braun
RT – Jon Walko
Slot – Jack Crow
WR – Wes Lyons
WR – Gino Crump

First Team Defense

DL – Defensive line didn't work as a unit to distinguish first team from second team
SLB – Pat Lazear
MLB – Reed Williams
WLB – J.T. Thomas
LCB – Brandon Hogan
SS – Sidney Glover
FS – Robert Sands
BS – Boogie Allen
RCB – Keith Tandy

Second Team Defense

SLB – Zac Cooper
MLB – Anthony Leonard
WLB – Najee Goode
LCB – Kent Richardson
SS – Nate Sowers
FS – Eain Smith
BS – Courtney Stuart
RCB – Eddie Davis

With eight starters returning to the Mountaineer defense, not including former starting linebacker Reed Williams who took a medical redshirt last season to rehab his shoulders, certainly that side of the ball seems more set than the offense, which must fine not only a replacement for Pat White at quarterback but also four new starters in the offensive line and significant depth all across the board.

The depth chart on the first day of spring drills may not completely change during the 15 practice sessions in the next four weeks, but odds are, there will considerable movement, especially on the offensive side, before all is said and done.

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