Kansas Football: A Very Early Look at the 2010 Depth Chart

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Kansas Football: A Very Early Look at the 2010 Depth Chart

Offense

Offensively, KU returns virtually everything.  The Jayhawks return players that accounted for 93.1 percent of their receiving yardage and 100 percent of their rushing yardage.   All told, KU returns almost 95 percent of its touchdown production. 

Dexton Fields and Marcus Herford were major producers in 2007 but were seldom used in 2008.  This sets Kansas up for another very productive offensive year.

The biggest question marks are on the offensive line, where KU loses three starters. Redshirt freshman Jeremiah Harch moved to tackle in 2008 but is expected to move back to his natural position of left guard in 2009.

Junior center Brad Thorson was set to start in 2008 at Wisconsin before an incident with a teammate during spring drills forced him to leave the program.  He is expected to replace Ryan Cantrell in 2009.  Sal Capra logged significant minutes this year, including a key block that secured a KU victory over Mizzou, and is expected to start at right guard.

The only real question mark is at right tackle.  Trevor Marrongelli logged a lot of minutes this year and is expected to start in the fall, but Ian Wolfe and Nathan D'Cunha may challenge him for minutes.

Even with the questions around the offensive line, things appear to be bright. 

Quarterback

  1. Todd Reesing (SR)
  2. Kale Pick (rFR)
  3. Tyler Lawrence (SO)

Running back

  1. Jake Sharp (SR)
  2. Jocques Crawford (SR)
  3. Toben Opurum (FR)
  4. Sean Ransburg (rFR)*

*if he returns to the team

Wide Receiver

  1. Dezmon Briscoe (JR)
  2. Raimond Pendelton (SR)
  3. A.J. Steward (SO)

Wide Receiver

  1. Kerry Meier (SR)
  2. Daymond Patterson (SO)
  3. Chris Omigie (FR)

Wide Receiver

  1. Jonathan Wilson (JR)
  2. Rod Harris (JR)
  3. Erick McGriff (FR)

Tight End

  1. Tim Biere (SO)
  2. Bradley Dedeaux (JR)
  3. Nick Plato (rFR)

Left Tackle

  1. Jeff Spikes (SO)
  2. Ben Leuken (SO)

Right Tackle

  1. Trevor Marrongelli (SO)
  2. Ian Wolfe (JR)
  3. Nathan D'Cunha (SR)

Left Guard

  1. Jeremiah Hatch (SO)
  2. Carl Wilson (JR)

Right Guard

  1. Sal Capra (JR)
  2. John Williams (rFR)

Center

  1. Brad Thorson (JR)
  2. Joe Semple (SO)

Defense

The 2008 Jayhawks were without standout players James McClinton and Aqib Talib, as well as long-time defensive coordinator Bill Young, who left to coach at Miami (Fla.).  The Jayhawks defense was hindered by injuries all year, especially to the linebackers and defensive secondary.  Clint Bowen struggled all year to find the right mix in the secondary.

The pass defense became the Achilles' heel.  The Jayhawks struggled to get a quality pass rush and couldn't seem to make plays in the secondary.  Expect that to change in 2009.

2009 will be the first time in several years that KU will be without standout linebackers Joe Mortenson, James Holt, and Mike Rivera.  Holt and Rivera were plagued with injuries in 2008, which allowed many underclassmen to gain valuable experience.

Long-time Jayhawks Arist Wright, Jake Schermer, and Dakota Lewis are expected to attempt to fill the departing seniors' massive shoes.  While the production may not drop off, there are questions surrounding the incoming players' leadership because of their lack of starting experience.

While KU will be replacing two defensive ends, both positions have talented underclassmen waiting to step up.  Maxwell Onyegbule and Jake Laptad have been more than adequate at rush end in passing situations the last two years.  The injection of talent from Quintin Woods may be just what the Jayhawks need to shore up their pass rush. 

The secondary finally found their stride against Mizzou, and it carried into the Insight Bowl against Minnesota.  Kansas recruits Prinz Kande and JuCo transfer Calvin Rubles will add depth and skill to the position.  Both should find their way onto the field early and often and allow Daymond Patterson to make the move back to offense. 

The Kansas defense should be able to improve by leaps and bounds in Clint Bowen's second year.  The pass rush and secondary should be much improved in 2009.  Provided that the new crop of linebackers can be productive, expect KU's defense to be more than effective in the fall. 

Defensive End

  1. Jake Laptad (JR)
  2. Jeff Wheeler (SR)
  3. Tanner Hawkinson (rFR)

Defensive End

  1. Quintin Woods (JR)
  2. Maxwell Onyegbule (JR)
  3. Randall Dent (FR)

Nose Tackle

  1. Caleb Blakesley (SR)
  2. Darius Parish (SO)

Defensive Tackle

  1. Richard Johnson Jr. (SO)
  2. Travis Stephens (JR)
  3. Dwayne Zlatnik (SO)

Weak Side Linebacker

  1. Arist Wright (SR)
  2. Dakota Lewis (JR)
  3. Huldon Tharp (FR)

Middle Linebacker

  1. Justin Springer (JR)
  2. Chea Peterman (SO)
  3. Julian Jones (FR)

Strong Side Linebacker

  1. Jake Schermer (JR)
  2. Stephen Johnson (SO)
  3. Josh Richardson (rFR)

Cornerback

  1. Justin Thornton (SR)
  2. Corrigan Powell (SO)
  3. Isaiah Barfield (SO)

Cornerback

  1. Prinz Kande (FR)
  2. Calvin Rubles (JR)
  3. Anthony Davis (SO)

Strong Safety

  1. Darrell Stucky (SR)
  2. Lubbock Smith (SO)
  3. Dexter Linton (FR)

Free Safety

  1. Phillip Strozier (JR)
  2. Chris Harris (JR)
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