Washington football: Reactions to first depth chart

On Monday the Washington football team released their first official depth chart during the Chris Petersen era for their week one match up with Hawaii. There were a few surprises that stuck out when I first poured through the chart. It should be noted that when Petersen first arrived he said that he was creating more of a “seating chart” rather than a depth chart. That implies that players may be trading seats soon. First though, here is a breakdown of the depth chart for the offense:

Offense

[Washington football: Previewing the QB]

Quarterback:

1. Jeff Lindquist

2. Troy Williams

[Washington football: Previewing the RB]

Running Back

1. Dwayne Washington

2. Lavon Coleman OR

3. Jesse Callier OR

4. Deontae Cooper

[Washington football: Previewing the WR]

Wide Receiver 1:

1. Marvin Hall

2. Kasen Williams

3. Dante Pettis

Wide Receiver 2:

1. DiAndre Campbell

2. John Ross

3. Brayden Lenius

Wide Receiver 3:

1. Jaydon Mickens

2. John Ross

3. Kendyl Taylor

Tight End:

1. Joshua Perkins OR

2. Michael Hartvigson

3. Darrell Daniels

4. David Ajamu

[Washington football: Previewing the O-line]

Left Tackle:

1. Micah Hatchie

2.  Jake Eldrenkamp

Left Guard:

1. Dexter Charles

2. Siosifa Tufunga

Center:

1. Colin Tanigawa

2. Mike Criste

Right Guard:

1. James Atoe

2. Ross Dolbec

Right Tackle:

1. Ben Riva

2. Coleman Shelton

Lindquist starts week 1:

Lindquist gets the start week 1 against Hawaii with the probable starter, Cyler Miles, suspended for the first game. Although Lindquist is the official starter, I would not be surprised to see both Lindquist and Williams get significant reps.

I believe that will be a trend through the Huskies ‘pre-season’ of sorts, not only at the quarterback position, but at many positions on this team.

Regardless, this is a great opportunity for Lindquist to prove his worth to this new coaching staff and make a case for himself as the season progresses.

Wide Receiver shake up:

Again, the depth chart at the wide receiver positions looks a little strange with both Williams and Ross occupying second string spots currently, but they are sure to move up the chart soon. Possibly as soon as the second offensive series of the Hawaii game.

It appears Petersen may be rewarding some of the more veteran guys for their years of service in favor of the young Ross, as well as slowly easing Williams back into a real game situation.

The additions of the 6-foot-5 Lenius and the familiar Pettis provide a strong showing on the offensive side of the ball by Petersen’s first recruiting class and are sure to get reps during the non-conference portion of the schedule.

Tanigawa in, Criste out:

I said back during my offensive line preview that I thought James Atoe would start at right guard instead of Tanigawa, who was getting looks at center.

However, I did not think that would trigger the end of Criste’s days as a starter. After starting every game last season and being named to the Rimington trophy watch list, Criste will not be the starter come first snap against Hawaii on Saturday.

Similar to many positions throughout the team, Petersen is still evaluating his talent and learning how his players mold together. The easy non-conference schedule should provide an opportunity for players to prove where they should end on the depth chart come September 6th against Stanford.

Whether Tanigawa remains the starter or Criste is able to reclaim his spot, the offensive line will be flush with experience.

Defense

[Washington football: Previewing the D-line]

Defensive End:

1. Andrew Hudson

2. Joe Mathis

3. Will Dissly

Defensive Tackle:

1. Evan Hudson

2. Taniela Tupou

Nose Tackle:

1. Danny Shelton

2. Greg Gaines

3. Elijah Qualls

Buck:

1. Hau’oli Kikaha

2. Jarrett Finau

3. Psalm Wooching

[Washington football: Previewing the LBs]

Linebacker:

1. John Timu

2. Scott Lawyer

3. Azeem Victor

Linebacker:

1. Shaq Thompson

2. Sean Constantine

Linebacker:

1. Keishawn Bierria OR

2. Travis Feeney

[Washington football: Previewing the DBs]

Cornerback:

1. Marcus Peters

2. Sidney Jones OR

3. Travell Dixon

Cornerback:

1. Jermaine Kelly

2. Naijiel Hale

Safety:

1. Budda Baker

2. Kevin King

Safety:

1. Brandon Beaver

2. Trevor Walker

No Cory Littleton:

The most surprising part of the release of the depth chart was the absence of Littleton. I had him pegged for a big year this year so to see his name left off is fairly concerning.

According to Petersen, Littleton is suffering some injuries but will still play. Does that mean he will play this weekend or he will play eventually when he is healthy, that will be answered come Saturday.

I would assume that he would take the place of A. Hudson at defensive end. Hopefully the omission of Littleton isn’t indicative of any long term injury problems they are fearing and he is able to be an active contributor of this stout Husky defense.

Freshman Phenoms:

As many expected, Budda Baker will occupy one of the starting safety spots to begin the season. What does come as a surprise is the number of true freshman that made the opening week roster.

Including Baker, Petersen has five members of his first recruiting class slotted on his depth chart. Baker, Jones, and Hale all find themselves in a position to possibly see action as freshman in the defensive backfield, while Dissly and Gaines may see snaps on the D-line. All should find playing time early in the season if not later in the year and should provide a nice glimpse into the future of the program under Petersen.

 

 

What surprised you when you saw the depth chart? Any player that has you excited for this Saturday? Leave a comment, let your opinion be heard.

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