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Depth Chart for Tennessee

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The West Virginia Football coaching staff has released the depth chart for the upcoming game against the University of Tennessee Volunteers this Saturday (September 1st) at 3:30 pm est.

There has been some changes in the two-deep from the first depth chart they released just before Big XII media days, and there is still a couple of spots that hasn’t named a starter.

Marcus Simms gets the start at wide receiver after initially being behind David Sills. TJ Simmons was in that starting X receiver spot over the summer. Simmons is now behind David Sills at the Z position.

Offensive Lineman Chase Behrndt was listed behind left guard Josh Sills. Now, transfer Michael Brown has moved behind Sills, while Behrndt slid behind left tackle Colt McKivitz.

Two spots along the line still does not have a starter. It’s been a healthy competition among the guards and center and it may take a game or two before they have their starter. Center Matt Jones started last season, but Jacob Buccigrossi was listed as the starter over the summer and they still haven’t decided who that guy will be.

Right guard Isaiah Hardy was named the starter over the summer with Zach Davis behind him. It looks likes Joe Brown has made his way to the top along with Hardy.

Receiver William Crest Jr moved up behind Gary Jennings at the slot passing Druw Bowen.

The two defensive linemen transfers Kenny Bigelow (USC) and Jabril Robinson (Clemson) are both named the starters along the front. Bigelow at nose tackle and Robinson at defensive end. Both Still Brothers, Dante and Darius, have made the two-deep. Darius is backing up Kenny and Dante Kenny.

Ezekiel Rose and Reese Donahue are listed as the starter for defensive end. Coming into the season there was a lot of talk on the depth along the defensive line. Now there looks to be plenty of depth up front.

Here’s how the two-deep appeared in July:

DE           Ezekiel Rose/Jabril Robinson

NT          Darius Stills/Kenny Bigelow

DE           Reese Donahue/Jeffery Pooler

Cornerback Derrek Pitts had the starting role over the summer, but is now listed with Josh Norwood. Coaches have been raving about Norwood and defensive Coordinator Tony Gibson has made it clear that he will be among the 11 best players on the field.

Current Depth Chart:

Offense

Position First Second Third
WR (X) Marcus Simms Dominique Maiden
TE (H) Trevon Wesco Jovani Haskins
LT Yodny Cajuste Kelby Wickline
LG Josh Sills Michael Brown
C Matt Jones or
Jacob Buccigrossi
RG Joe Brown or
Isaiah Hardy
RT Colton McKivitz Chase Behrndt
WR (Y) Gary Jennings Jr. William Crest Jr.
WR (Z) David Sills V T.J. Simmons
QB Will Grier Jack Allison Trey Lowe III
FB Logan Thimons Elijah Drummond
RB Kennedy McKoy or
Martell Pettaway or
Alec Sinkfield or
Leddie Brown

Defense

Position First Second Third
DE Ezekiel Rose or
Reese Donahue
NT Kenny Bigelow Jr. Darius Stills
DE Jabril Robinson Dante Stills
SAM Charlie Benton Shea Campbell
MIKE Dylan Tonkery Adam Hensley
WILL David Long Jr. Josh Chandler
LCB Hakeem Bailey Keith Washington
FS Kenny Robinson Jr. Sean Mahone
SPUR Dravon Askew-Henry Deamonte Lindsay
BS Toyous Avery Jr. JoVanni Stewart
RCB Derrek Pitts Jr. or
Josh Norwood

Special Teams

Position First Second Third
K Evan Staley Luke Hogan
P Billy Kinney Evan Staley
LS Rex Sunahara Kyle Poland
H Billy Kinney Luke Hogan
KO Evan Staley Luke Hogan
PR Marcus Simms David Sills V
KOR Marcus Simms Gary Jennings Jr.
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