Last night, Rutgers football released their first depth chart of the season. I’ve broken out the two deep below for each unit and point out some key takeaways. The biggest one is that ten true freshmen made the two deep, as well as several redshirt freshmen. The roster desperately needed a talent infusion after last year’s 2-10 campaign. It’s clear that head coach Chris Ash and the staff are ready to infuse the young talent on the roster and that they’ll have a major impact on the team’s performance this season.
QB: Kyle Bolin / Gio Rescigno OR Johnathan Lewis
RB: Gus Edwards / Robert Martin
FB: Max Anthony / Jim Brady
TE: Jerome Washington / Myles Nash OR Nakia Griffin-Stewart
WR: Bo Melton OR Everett Wormley
WR: Janarion Grant / Hunter Hayek
WR: Damon Mitchell OR Dacoven Bailey
LT: Tariq Cole / Sam Vretman
LG: Dorian Miller / Nick Krimin
C: Jonah Jackson / Michael Maietti
RG: Marcus Applefield / Zach Venesky
RT: Kamaal Seymour / Micah Clark OR Zach Heeman
Notes: There are not many surprises with the offense, but last year’s leading receiver, Jawuan Harris, is not on the two deep. However, it’s been reported throughout camp that Harris wasn’t getting a lot of reps with the first two teams. Still, the two sport athlete is a playmaker and it will be interesting how much of the field he sees on Friday, including with special teams.....Six true freshmen are on the two deep, including three wide receivers and two linemen. The three highest rated recruits brought in on offense with this class made it, which include Johnathan Lewis, Bo Melton, and Micah Clark.......It was announced late in camp, but it’s a positive sign that Marcus Applefield came back from injury and performed well enough to earn the starting spot at right guard.
DE: Kevin Wilkins / Darnell Davis OR Willington Previlon
DT: Sebastian Joseph / Julius Turner
DT: Jon Bateky / Eric Wiafe OR Jimmy Hogan
DE: Kemoko Turay / Elorm Lumor
WLB: Trevor Morris / Tyshon Fogg
MLB: Deonte Roberts / Brendan DeVera or Rashawn Battle
SLB: Ross Douglas / Eric Margolis OR Brandon Russell
CB: Isaiah Wharton OR Damon Hayes
FS: Saquan Hampton / Zane Campbell
SS: Kiy Hester/ K.J. Gray
CB: Blessuan Austin / Edwin Lopez OR Kobe Marfo
Notes: No surprises with the starting defense.....There are three true freshmen on the defensive two deep, including Brendan DeVera, who has made a big impression from switching from the fullback position on offense to linebacker. Heralded recruit Tyshon Fogg backs up returning starter Trevor Morris at linebacker and could push him for the job this season, while Edwin “Tank” Lopez had a great camp and should see plenty of action in nickel and dime packages......Aside from the freshmen, several others included on the two deep will play their first college game for Rutgers this Friday. They include Julius Turner, Willington Previlon, Rashawn Battle, and Kobe Marfo.
K: Andrew Harte / David Bonagura
P: Ryan Anderson / Michael Cintron
LS: Billy Taylor / Alan Lucy
Notes: Updated- Minnesota transfer Andrew Harte was named the starter Tuesday afternoon .....It has already been said by Ash that true freshman Justin Davidovicz will handle kick-off duties.....The tenth true freshmen to make the two deep officially, not counting Davidovicz, is long snapper Billy Taylor. Incumbent starter Alan Lucy struggled last season and Taylor has seized the job, at least for the season opener.....Returners are not listed, but expect Janarion Grant to get his first opportunity of the season to break the NCAA record for career touchdowns returned for kick-offs & punts......There should be plenty of freshmen on the coverage teams as well, many of whom that are on the two deep.
Washington’s Depth Chart
Notes: While beat writers for Washington indicated there were no surprises on the two deep, preseason All-American linebacker, Azeem Victor, is still listed the starter. It was announced on Monday afternoon that Victor and reserve defensive back, Austin Joyner, were suspended for the Rutgers game.....Although star quarterback Jake Browning lost his favorite target from last season in John Ross, who had 17 receiving scores, watch out for receiver Dante Pettis, who caught 15 touchdowns last season.....In the run game, Rutgers will see a steady combination of Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman.