Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
If continuity means anything to the success of a quarterback, then David Ash must be ecstatic. All three of his starting receivers from last season have made it back to the top of the depth chart for 2012.
Mike Davis, Jaxon Shipley and Marquise Goodwin have all been put at the top of their depth chart for their respective receiving positions heading into the first game of the season.
After somewhat of a down sophomore year, Davis will be looking to start living up to all of the promise he showed as a freshman deep-threat.
Also out wide is the versatile Shipley, who is also on the depth chart as a punt returner. He is easily this offense's most dynamic threat. After an awesome freshman season, don't be surprised if the younger "Ship" becomes this team's best offensive player in 2012.
In the slot is the senior Goodwin, who may take some time to get back in the swing of things after representing his country in London this summer. Let's hope it doesn't take too long, as Goodwin was the team's best pass-catcher through the second half of last season and is the leader of this unit.
After these guys, you have senior D.J. Monroe backing Goodwin in the slot, where he will really have to prove himself. After him you have three freshmen in Cayleb Jones, Kendall Sanders and Marcus Johnson, all placing themselves in the thick of things.
John Harris and Bryant Jackson are also listed as backups, but should definitely see the field this season.
Keep an eye on the freshman Sanders, a converted corner. He is listed right behind Davis in the X slot, which is very impressive considering this is his first time playing receiver. Mack Brown would not have him that high on the depth chart if he was not very good, so pay attention there.
At tight end, D.J. Grant gets the nod as the starter with an "or" next to his name for converted defensive lineman Greg Daniels.
Sophomore M.J. McFarland was thought to at least appear on the depth chart and possibly start for this team, but the team has decided that his ineptitude as a blocker is too big of a liability. This is too bad for the team because you would really like to see a tight end out there that can give Ash some help as a security blanket. Luckily, there is still time for that.