Texas A&M Football: Predicting the Depth Chart Heading into Fall Camp

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 3, 2012

Texas A&M Football: Predicting the Depth Chart Heading into Fall Camp

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    The Aggies are less than a month away from playing their first game as a member of the SEC. While many think it will be a while before the team can compete at a high level in the new conference, this is a team that isn't short on confidence.

    Texas A&M brings in a new head coach in Kevin Sumlin, returns eight starters on the offensive side of the ball and six returning defensive starters. They look to become a contender right away and extend the bowl appearance streak to four-straight years.

    As fall camp is fully underway, and with the season just a couple of weeks away, here is what the 2012 Texas A&M depth chart should look like.

Quarterback

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    Starter: Jameill Showers, Sophomore

    Backup: Johnny Manziel, Freshman

    The quarterback position is likely to remain a battle throughout the fall, but as of right now, Showers is the front-runner. He has a little bit of experience throwing the ball a few times last season. But it is his dual-threat ability that makes him such an attractive option. He can kill you with his legs or use his strong arm to beat you in the air.

Running Back

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    Starter: Christine Michael, Senior

    Backup: Ben Malena, Junior

    Michael has been a consistent back the last three seasons for the Aggies, rushing for a combined 2,300 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns. With that type of production, the senior running back will remain the starter in 2012.

Receivers

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    Starters: Ryan Swope, Senior

    Backup: Malcome Kennedy, Sophomore

    Swope will once again be the go-to guy for this offense, as he is the most experienced and has 180 receptions throughout his career. Expect another big year from the senior receiver.

    Starters: Uzoma Nwachukwu, Senior

    Backup: Nate Askew, Junior

    Nwachukwu is another receiver who provides experience on this roster. He has caught at least 36 passes in each of the last three seasons.

    Starters: Mike Evans, Junior

    Backup: Thomas Johnson, Freshman

    Evans was redshirted last season, but has enough potential to where he will see a lot of playing time this season. At 6'5", 215 pounds, Evans is a huge target, who will be a matchup nightmare for opposing defensive backs.

    Starters: Kenric McNeal, Senior

    Backup: LeKendrick Williams, Sophomore

    McNeal played in five games last season before suffering a season-ending injury. Much like the rest of the receiving corps, he is an experienced player, who will help make an impact on this offense.


Offensive Line

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    Left Tackle

    Starter: Luke Joeckel, Junior

    Backup: Nathan Gutekunst, Freshman

    Joeckel will continue to lock down the most important position on the offensive line after being named first-team All-Big 12 last season.

    Left Guard

    Starter: Jarvis Harrison, Sophomore

    Backup: Shep Klinke, Junior

    Harrison played in 11 games last season, including making a few starts at left and right guard. However, this position will remain a battle throughout the spring with Klinke competing for playing time as well.

    Center

    Starter: Patrick Lewis, Senior

    Backup: Ben Compton, Sophomore

    Lewis played two seasons at the guard position, but started every game at center last year. He was a Big 12 honorable mention and is now a 2012 candidate for the Rimington Trophy.

    Right Guard

    Starter: Cedric Ogbuehi, Sophomore

    Backup: Allen Woodum, Senior

    Cedric Ogbuehi picked up much needed experience last season despite playing most of the year injured. The former 4-star recruit will remain a starter on this offensive line this year.

    Right Tackle

    Starter: Jake Matthews, Junior

    Backup: Joseph Cheek, Freshman

    Matthews is one of the bigger offensive linemen this team has at 6'5'', 305 pounds. He of course will hold down the right side of the line.


Defensive Line

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    Starter: Spencer Nealy, Senior

    Backup: Gavin Stansbury, Sophomore

    Nealy entered the starting rotation when Jonathan Mathis went down with an injury. He finished the year with 45 tackles and 1.5 sacks, earning himself honorable mention Big 12.

    Starter: Jonathan Mathis, Senior

    Backup: Ivan Robinson, Sophomore

    Mathis is one of the most important players on this team, as he clogs up the running lanes for the Aggies. At 6'2", 300 pounds, he missed a majority of last season with an injury.

    Starter: Kirby Ennis, Junior

    Backup: Shayvion Hatten, Freshman

    Ennis saw action as a backup noseguard last season, and will see even more in 2012, as he enters the season as a projected starter.

    Starter: Damontre Moore, Junior

    Backup: Brandon Alexander, Sophomore

    Moore is the best defensive lineman on this roster, finishing last season with 72 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.

Linebackers

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    Starter: Steven Jenkins, Junior

    Backup: Donnie Baggs, Sophomore

    Jenkins will be suspended for the season opener, but will still be the starting linebacker for this team. He finished the 2011 season with 61 tackles, one sack and three passes broken up.

    Starter: Jonathan Stewart, Senior

    Backup: Jordan Richmond, Freshman

    Stewart was the starting linebacker for the Aggies last season, and led the team with 98 tackles.

    Starter: Sean Porter, Senior

    Backup: Shaun Ward, Sophomore

    Porter is the defensive player that everybody is talking about. He is the leader of the club, the hard hitter, and led the Aggies last season with 9.5 sacks.

Defensive Backs

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    Cornerback

    Starter: Deshazor Everett, Sophomore

    Backup: Dustin Harris, Senior

    Everett was a valuable special teams player last season as a freshman, who will see a lot more action at cornerback.

    Safety

    Starter: Steven Campbell, Senior

    Backup: Johntel Franklin, Junior

    Campbell is one of the few experienced players in the defensive backfield that the Aggies have. When healthy, Campbell is a solid contributor, who will need to perform well his senior season.

    Safety

    Starter: Howard Matthews, Junior

    Backup: Steven Terrell, Senior

    Matthews started a couple of games as a true-freshman, and finished the year with 28 tackles and two sacks. He will be suspended for the season opener, but will likely be named a starting safety for the remainder of the season.

    Cornerback

    Starter: Floyd Raven, Sr., Sophomore

    Backup: Tremaine Jacobs, Junior

    Much like Everett, Raven spent a majority of last season on special teams coverage. Still, he has terrific size, and is physical enough to become a solid corner in this league.

Specialists

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    Kicker

    Starter: Taylor Bertolet, Freshman

    Bertolet will have the huge task of trying to replace a Lou Groza Award winner.

    Punter

    Starter: Ryan Epperson, Senior

    Backup: Drew Kaser, Sophomore

    The punting position will remain a battle, as Epperson averaged 41 yards per punt, but Kaser averaged over 45 yards an attempt last season in his two attempts.