A Depth Chart Preview



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While Bronco Mendenhall won't release his official depth chart until Monday, three weeks of practice have given us enough insight into what the two-deep will look like. Here's my projection, and I'm trying to actually limit the depth chart to two players at every position, with some exceptions--particularly on the offensive line (where R.J. Willing is the primary backup at every line position).

In other words, don't be surprised if some players not listed below see playing time this season in various positional rotations.

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OFFENSE

QB: Hall (1), Gaskins (2) *Collie and Covey also training to take "situational" snaps

TB: Unga (1), DiLuigi (2)

FB: Vakapuna (1), Friel (2) *Friel also #3 TE, and BYU employs various "triple tight" sets

TE: Pitta (1), George (2)

LT: M. Reynolds (1), Willing/Taufi (2)

LG: Feinga (1), Willing/Taufi (2)

C: D. Reynolds (1), Willing/Reden (2)

RG: Bright (1), Willing/Speredon (2)

RT: Oswald (1), Willing/Aletto (2)

WR-X: Reed (1), Hafoka (2)

WR-Z: Collie (1), Ashworth/Chambers (2)

WR-H: White (1)

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DEFENSE

LE: Denney OR Dulan (1), Afutiti (2)

NT: Tialavea (1), Foketi (2)

RE: Jorgensen (1), Putnam (2)

SLB: Nixon (1), So'oto/D. Sorensen (2)

MLB: Bauman (1), Ah You (2)

BLB: Doman OR Ah You (1)

WLB: So'oto (1), Clawson (2)

CB (Field): Howard (1), Pittman (2)

Safety (Kat): Tafuna (1), Rich (2)

Safety (Free): Fowler (1), Rich (2)

CB (Boundary): Johnson (1), Bradley (2)

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PK: Payne/J. Sorensen (1)

P: Santiago (1)

PR: White (1), Ashworth/Chambers (2)

KR: mutiple combos among above players. Austin Collie also projected to return punts and/or kicks during season.

Holder: Mahuika (1), Gaskins (2)

Snapper (PK/FG): Pace (1)

Snapper (Punt): Muehlmann (1)

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The following link offers a handful of recent stories on the Northern Iowa Panthers. While the newspapers in the larger cities of Des Moines and Cedar Rapids provide very little coverage of the Panthers, the local paper (Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier) does an expectedly more comprehensive job. If you desire updates on the Panthers in the week to come, go to wcfcourier.com.

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