In case you missed it, the first official depth chart of the season was released yesterday afternoon. I posted a link to the chart and some notes on the most interesting revelations here. USC also released a depth chart today, but it featured so many “or” ties between two players at the top of a position that it did very little to inform anyone of anything. UW’s chart is much more decisive. Only one of the linebacker spots, punter, and punt returner. The chart also packed some significant surprises. Littleton over Shirley at rush end, former tight end Evan Hudson starting at defensive tackle. Best of all? Only five seniors are set to start on either offense or defense. If no one declares early for the draft, the 2014 Huskies will be loaded with experienced starters, and will replace zero players on either the defensive or the offensive line. If this year is anything but a complete disappointment, expect some serious hype for next year.
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The Dawg Pound posted a fall camp review of the defensive line, and the starters they projected are significantly off from the depth chart released later that same day. That doesn’t reflect negatively on the Dawg Pound writers, they were going off of pretty well accepted camp impressions. The depth chart was just a bit surprising on the D-line. I’m personally happy that Sark decided to start Kikaha at defensive end rather than rush end, where Josh Shirley and Cory Littleton were already competing. This allows two of the three very promising talents to start, with only Shirley outside of the starting lineup. Evan Hudson is a bit of an unknown at defensive tackle, but must be impressing the coaches to be sliding into the starting spot so rapidly. Of course, Danny Shelton is a future-NFL draft pick at nose tackle.
I linked to this in my Five Reasons Why BSU Should Win post, but in case you missed it, here is a super exhaustive log of position previews and a current depth chart for Boise State from Chadd Cripe, the Broncos beat man for the Idaho Statesman. If you don’t feel up to speed on Washington’s opening opponents, read that whole thing and you should be feeling pretty much ready.
To go along with that, this is a Bleacher Report slideshow going through all the projected first time starters for Boise State.
Gregg Bell letting you know how the mock game went yesterday.