Yesterday the team put out their depth chart for the game against James Madison this Saturday. You can read it at Inside Carolina.
Some interesting points:
- Cam Sexton is listed at #2 on the QB depth chart. All I can say is, I hope that T.J. Yates does well, because I’m not sure if I’m prepared to see Cam behind center again.
This picture came from an image search of “Cam Sexton”. This guy looks just as interception-prone.
- Only one offensive starter is a senior, center Scott Lenehan.
- He’s only listed as the #4 or #5 receiver, but watch out for Kenton Thornton. He is a true talent and, at 6’4″ and 230 lbs, will be a mismatch for almost any cornerback.
- A lot of running backs will get the ball on Saturday. But will any of them be effective?
- With the addition of the H-back this year, UNC could have two lead blockers in the backfield on run plays. This should make the halfback’s (and the line’s) job a bit easier.
At this point, I think that only three positions are set in stone, barring injury:
- DE Hilee Taylor.
- DT Kentwan Balmer.
- Linebacker Durell Mapp.
I’m tempted to add Tramaine Goddard to that list because of previous performance, but we’ll need to see how well he’s recovered from injury. If he can get back to his 2005 form, he’s a lock.
- All other positions should see a lot of rotation, as I don’t see many clear starters among the rest. I would be very dis appointed if I didn’t see Marvin Austin play on Saturday. You’ll know him when you see him: he’s the guy in the #9 jersey who looks like he ate T-Pain.
- Speaking of Austin, our strength on defense certainly seems to be the offensive line this year. He have some solid veterans (Taylor, Balmer, Kyandrus Guy) along with some very talented newcomers (Austin, Aleric Mullins, Tavares Brown).
- We need to hope that the D-line will come through for us, because the secondary isn’t looking too good.
- Connor Barth and Brandon Tate will continue to be very good.
- Whomever our punter will be, he’s going to suck. Instead of a shanked 25 yard punt after a 3-and-out, may I suggest this?
Overall, the depth chart is not that surprising, but it will be little more than a formality. A lot of players will see action against JMU, and probably for the entire season, as Butch Davis tries to figure this team out.