Thoughts on the Depth Chart

Temple wide receiver John Christopher (7) stiff-arms first-round NFL draft choice Byron Jones (16)

Temple wide receiver John Christopher (7) stiff-arms first-round NFL draft choice Byron Jones (16), whose world record in the broad jump could not stop this completion. Christopher earned one of the three starting WR spots.

Not very many surprises on the depth chart except for maybe the emergence of Ryquell Armstead at the running back position.

If there’s one thing the Owls have lacked since Montel Harris’ brief but meteoric appearance is straight-line speed and Armstead, who runs a 10.8 100-meter dash, certainly has that. A 10.8 would tie him as the fastest running back in Temple history. (Back when Paul Palmer played, the dashes were 100 yards.)

Armstead will not get caught from behind, let’s put it that way. He’s still behind Jahad Thomas on the depth chart. Maybe we’ll see Thomas, who got a No. 5 for toughness, lead blocking for Armstead. As they say about chicken soup and the cold, it couldn’t hurt.

Here’s the offensive depth chart:

LT 66 Dion Dawkins ……………………….(6-5, 318, Jr)
74 James McHale………………………(6-6, 300, r-Fr)
LG 75 Shahbaz Ahmed …………………..(6-3, 305, Sr)
70 Jovahn Fair…………………………..(6-3, 300, Fr)
C 79 Kyle Friend ………………………….(6-2, 305, Sr)
68 Brendan McGowan ………………(6-4, 300, r-Jr)
RG 55 Brian Carter …………………………(6-3, 309, r-So)
52 Eric Lofton …………………………..(6-5, 302, r-Sr)
67 Semaj Reed ………………………….(6-6, 305, r-So)
RT 53 Leon Johnson……………………….(6-6, 320, r-So)
77 Jaelin Robinson …………………….(6-6, 319, r-Fr)
TE 86 Colin Thompson……………………(6-4, 250, r-Jr)
80 Kip Patton ……………………………(6-4, 241, r-Fr)
WR 19 Robby Anderson …………………..(6-3, 190, r-Sr)
10 Samuel Benjamin …………………(6-0, 200, r-Jr)
17 Brandon Shippen ………………….(5-11, 191, Sr)
WR 84 Romond Deloatch …………………(6-4, 214, r-Jr)
88 Adonis Jennings ……………………6-3, 190, So)
87 Ventell Bryant ………………………(6-3, 181, r-Fr)
WR 7 John Christopher ………………….(5-11, 189, r-Sr)
15 Brodrick Yancy ……………………..(5-11, 187, So)
QB 11 P.J. Walker …………………………..(6-1, 200, Jr)
18 Frank Nutile …………………………(6-4, 219, r-Fr)
RB 5 Jahad Thomas ………………………(5-10, 180, Jr)
25 Ryquell Armstead………………….(5-11, 205, Fr)

You did not have to have the intelligence of Stephen Hawking to know it was going to be tough to break into the starting lineup on the defense, but I think Nate D. Smith is probably going to be the best pure pass rusher we’ve seen at Temple since Adrian Robinson. Speaking of Arob, great to see No. 43, Averee Robinson, break into the starting lineup.  Temple would is now doing what I thought it should do all along with him, go 5-2 and play him at nose to fully utilize the gap leverage of a three-time large school heavyweight state wrestling champion. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Tavon Young returning punts. (Even though he’s the backup, I hope he works his way into the lineup as the starting punt returner.) He could be the best punt returner at Temple since another Young, Anthony.

Here’s the Defensive Depth Chart: 

DE 35 Nate D. Smith……………………….(6-0, 236, r-Sr)
56 Sharif Finch ………………………….(6-4, 257, Jr)
DT 9 Matt Ioannidis ……………………..(6-4, 292, Sr)
99 Freddie Booth-Lloyd ……………..(6-1, 315, r-Fr)
NT 43 Averee Robinson ………………….(6-1, 285, Jr
72 Hershey Walton ……………………(6-4, 314, r-Sr))
DE 58 Haason Reddick ……………………(6-1, 225, r-Jr)
91 Jacob Martin ………………………..(6-3, 231, So)
WLB 8 Tyler Matakevich ………………….(6-1, 232, Sr)
22 Chapelle Russell……………………(6-1, 214, Fr)
MLB 41 Jarred Alwan ………………………..(6-1, 237, Jr)
90 Nick Sharga …………………………(6-2, 240, r-So)
SLB 2 Avery Williams ……………………..(5-10, 200, r-Jr)
OR 6 Stephaun Marshall ……………….(5-11, 203, r-Jr)
CB 3 Sean Chandler ……………………..(5-11, 185, So)
16 Artrel Foster ………………………..(6-0, 186, r-So)
CB 1 Tavon Young ………………………..(5-10, 180, Sr)
15 Nate Hairston……………………….(6-0, 193, r-Jr)
FS 21 Alex Wells ……………………………(6-0, 203, Sr)
13 Nate L. Smith ……………………….(6-1, 188, r-Jr)
SS 32 Will Hayes ……………………………(5-9, 192, r-Sr)
37 Boye Aromire……………………….(6-0, 206, r-Sr)

PK 29 Austin Jones ……………………….(5-10, 196, So)
95 Tyler Mayes ………………………..(6-2, 204, r-Sr)
P 43 Alex Starzyk…………………………(6-3, 213, So)
95 Tyler Mayes…………………………(6-2, 204, r-Sr)
KO 29 Austin Jones ……………………….(5-10, 196, So)
95 Tyler Mayes…………………………(6-2, 204, r-Sr)
H 20 Tom Bradway ………………………(5-10, 190, r-So)
7 John Christopher …………………(5-11, 189, r-Sr)
LS 59 Corey Lerch …………………………(5-10, 200, So)
57 Josh Lang…………………………….(6-2, 210, r-So)
PR 19 Robby Anderson…………………..(6-3, 190, r-Sr)
1 Tavon Young ………………………..(5-10, 180, Sr)
KOR 5 Jahad Thomas …………………….(5-10, 180, Jr)
88 Adonis Jennings ……………………6-3, 190, So)

Advertisements

11 thoughts on “Thoughts on the Depth Chart

  1. I made a comment about the Oline depth chart so I wont repeat that. I’ll have some more comments tomorrow when I get the chance to compare advanced stats (found on sbnation) from last yr compared to the depth chart this year

    One thing that stood out was the whole special teams has an underclassmen starting with a senior backing it up. I’ll copy and paste it bc it jumps out at me.

    PK 29 Austin Jones ……………………….(5-10, 196, So)
    95 Tyler Mayes ………………………..(6-2, 204, r-Sr)
    P 43 Alex Starzyk…………………………(6-3, 213, So)
    95 Tyler Mayes…………………………(6-2, 204, r-Sr)
    KO 29 Austin Jones ……………………….(5-10, 196, So)
    95 Tyler Mayes…………………………(6-2, 204, r-Sr)
    H 20 Tom Bradway ………………………(5-10, 190, r-So)
    7 John Christopher …………………(5-11, 189, r-Sr)

    Does this mean the ST will have a huge upgrade because freshman from last year all won starting spots over those who are seniors this year? Thats amazing.

    • I think all over the country freshman kickers were struggling, but you see a noticeable improvement the next season. I think that’s what we’re going to see with Austin Jones. With Jennings, Thomas, Robby, and the SEC tight end we have, there is no reason for us to kick field goals. Let’s just score a lot of touchdowns. (I’m talking about the names you have above, which do not include returners.)

  2. Where is Praise? Injured?

    • according to Rhule (whoops, my bad, Matt), he’s “dinged-up.” To me, dinged up and injured are pretty much the same. He did not practice a whole lot this summer, but it’s not like he has a torn ACL or something that serious.

  3. Maybe this is a stroke of Rhule genius, or maybe stupidity. All this talk of two backs, two TEs, running the football, etc., and yet we announce the same formation on offense as last year?

    Is Rhule trying to make PSU defense prepare for last year’s offense, and suddenly switch to a two TE or H-back formation in the first quarter? Or, are we going to do the same thing over and over, and expect a different result?

    • yes, to me, Christopher and Anderson are fine on their own outside. One explosive; one possession. We need to keep everyone else in to block. Three wides does us no good if we can’t get protection for P.J. We could be back to the no separation, no backside blocking for P.J. we saw last year. That’s the offense Satterfield loves at Tenn-Chat but never worked here. If so, it’s going to be a long afternoon. Satterfield must be able to exert mind-control over “Matt.” It should be the other way around.

  4. How does the backup situation work out if someone goes down? I see each position with an exact backup. if we need a LB, does Marshall sub for all of the LBs or will they stick to the exact depth chart? Or will Smith move back from DE to LB?

    Is Walton the first man in for the interior of the Dline? Does Walton come in at Goaline? is Finch or Martin better if needed to go in?

    Whos better at CB Foster or Hairstin? is Kareem Ali being redshirted, but in actuality better than the actual 2nd stringers?
    Does PSU use 2 different types of safeties (centerfield and LOS) or will one safety be basically the 3rd safety?

    Is Mcgowan the first mna in on the inside of OL, and Robinson the first man in at either T?

    Wheres the other TE whos a senior? I cant remember his name.

    Is Jennings the 4th WR?

  5. O line is gonna be downfall…I predict that we see another season of a rotatiing lineup w no stability..too many young guys starting In my opinion

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s