Who’s on first?


Just as the Trojans spring game is highly anticipated, so is the spring depth chart.  Though it may hold little importance come September, it acts as an early measure for players, as well as a motivational tool for those designated as second-team and lower.

As you may recall, it was Aaron Corp that won the quarterback battle last spring. It was also noted that under Pete Carroll, no signal caller winning the job in April had ever lost the position in the fall. This held true, though Corp started just one game.  He did retain the position in August, before being benched by injury, and buried behind the freshman.

Under new management, we don’t know how much of a bearing the spring chart will have on fall’s final placement.  But as I look over some of the names, I see some positions still undecided, and others with foreseeable change.

Here’s the spring progress report, which provides a temporary answer to who’s on first:

QUARTERBACK

  • Matt Barkley
  • Mitch Mustain
  • James Boyd

TAILBACK

  • Allen Bradford
  • C.J. Gable
  • Curtis McNeal OR
  • Dillon Baxter OR
  • Marc Tyler

FULLBACK

  • Stanley Havili
  • Hunter Simmons
  • D.J. Shoemate*

FLANKER

  • Ronald Johnson
  • Travon Patterson
  • De’Von Flournoy

TIGHT END

  • Jordan Cameron
  • David Ausberry
  • Blake Ayles*
  • Rhett Ellison*

LEFT TACKLE

  • Matt Kalil
  • Seantrel Henderson

LEFT GUARD

  • Kevin Graf
  • Butch Lewis*

CENTER

  • Kristofer O’Dowd
  • Abe Markowitz
  • Michael Reardon*

RIGHT GUARD

  • Khaled Holmes
  • John Martinez
  • Zack Heberer*

RIGHT TACKLE

  • Tyron Smith
  • Martin Coleman*

SPLIT END

  • Brice Butler
  • Kyle Prater
  • Brandon Carswell*

*OC Register

Quarterback reveals little surprise.  Lane Kiffin declared an open competition, but everyone knew it was Barkley’s job to lose.  If anything jumps out, it’s the converted defensive end, James Boyd, listed third.

Seantrel Henderson listed behind Matt Kalil at left tackle, though he’s yet to appear on campus or participate in practices, is an indication of how premature the listing is, as well as how thin the Trojans are on the offensive line.

You can view the defensive and special teams depth chart HERE.

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~ by Anthony on May 1, 2010.

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