It’s officially game week and Arizona Wildcats head coach Rich Rodriguez celebrated by releasing the school’s first depth chart of the season.
Not surprisingly, Rodriguez did not list a single starter at quarterback for Friday’s game against NAU.
In total, there are 12 seniors, 16 juniors, 10 sophomores and 14 freshmen listed on the two-deep (not including special teams). This includes eight true freshmen, which shows that Rodriguez will not be afraid to use some of the newcomers early in the season.
The 28 players listed at the 23 offensive and defensive starting positions have combined for 255 career starts. They are led by offensive tackles Mickey Baucus and Fabbians Ebbele with 25, followed by cornerback Shaquille Richardson and defensive lineman Sione Tuihalamaka (24), linebacker Marquis Flowers (23) and linebacker Jake Fischer (21).
Interestingly, some key contributors from last season were excluded from the depth chart. Linebacker Sir Thomas Jackson, who started 12 games last season, and safety Wayne Capers Jr. and linebacker C.J. Dozier, who both started one game, were not listed on the two-deep.
Wide receivers Austin Hill and David Richards and defensive lineman Dan Pettinato, who combined for 34 career starts, were not listed on the depth chart due to injury.
Don’t be surprised if Rich Rodriguez modifies this list before Friday’s 7 p.m. PST start. Also don’t be surprised if he doesn’t strictly follow the depth chart come game-time.
Here it is (1st String/2nd String/3rd String):
WR – Garic Wharton, Jr./Trevor Ermisch, Jr. or Trey Griffey, Fr.
SLOT – Terrence Miller, Sr./Terris Jones, Jr.
TE – Terrence Miller, Sr./Josh Kern, Fr.
LT – Mickey Baucus, Jr./Lene Maiava, So.
LG – Cayman Bundage, So./Trent Spurgeon, Jr.
C – Steven Gurrola, Jr./Carter Wood, So.
RG – Chris Putton, Sr./Faitele Faafoi, So.
RT – Fabbians Ebbele, Jr./T.D. Gross, Fr.
SLOT – Johnny Jackson, So. OR Nate Phillips, Fr./Richard Morrison, Sr.
WR – Clive Georges, Fr. OR Samajie Grant, Fr.
RB – Ka’deem Carey, Jr./Daniel Jenkins, Sr./Jared Baker, So.
QB – B.J. Denker, Sr. OR Jesse Scroggins, Jr. OR Javelle Allen, Fr.
END – Reggie Gilbert, Jr./Kyle Kelley, Fr. OR Justin Washington, Sr.
NOSE – Tevin Hood, Sr./Reggie Gilbert, Jr. OR Luca Bruno, Fr.
END - Sione Tuihalamaka, Sr./Kirifi Taula, Jr. OR Justin Washington, Sr.
SLB – Scooby Wright, Fr. OR Keoni Bush-Loo, So./Derek Turituri, Fr.
MLB – Jake Fischer, Sr./Hank Hobson, Jr.
WLB – Marquis Flowers, Sr./DeAndre’ Miller, Fr. OR Jake Matthews, Fr.
SPUR – Tra’mayne Bondurant, Jr./Anthony Lopez, So.
BANDIT – Jared Tevis, Jr./William Parks, So.
LCB – Jonathan McKnight, Jr./Devin Holiday, Fr.
RCB – Shaquille Richardson, Sr. OR Derrick Rainey, Sr.
FS – Jourdon Grandon, Jr./Jamar Allah, So.
PK/KO – Jake Smith, Sr. OR Casey Skowron, So.
P – Drew Riggleman, So./Jake Smith, Sr.
LS – Brian Chacon, Sr. (PAT/FG) OR Chase Gorham, Jr. (Punts)
Hold – Nick Isham, So./Drew Riggleman, So.
PR – Nate Phillips, Fr./Johnny Jackson, So.
KOR – Nate Phillips, Fr./Johnny Jackson, So.
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