UW post-spring depth chart

Here is the post-spring depth chart Wyoming released Monday morning heading into fall camp:

Defense

Cornerbacks

20            Blair Burns (5-10, 180, So., Plano, Texas)

4            DeAndre Jones (6-0, 180, So., Killeen, Texas)

 Free Safeties

29            Luke Ruff (5-11, 200, Sr., Castle Rock, Colo.)

24            Kenny Browder (5-11, 180, Sr., Round Rock, Texas)

Strong Safeties

21            Mark Nzeocha (6-3, 220, So., Neusitz, Germany)

7            Chad Reese (5-11, 180, So., Tyler, Texas)

Cornerbacks

2            Marqueston Huff (6-0, 195, Jr., Texarkana, Texas)

13            Darrenn White (6-0, 184, So., Kansas City, Mo.)

Nickel Backs

41            Andrew Meredith (6-0, 200, Jr., Green River, Wyo.)

3            Luke Anderson (5-10, 195, Sr., Southlake, Texas)

SAM Linebackers (Outside Linebackers)

8            Zack Berg (6-2, 226, RFr., Edmonds, Wash.)

23            Ghaali Muhammad (6-0, 221, Sr., St. Joseph, Mo.)

27            Todd Knight (6-2, 210, Jr., Aurora, Colo.)

9            Patrick Hartford (6-0, 222, Sr., Rock Springs, Wyo.)

MIKE Linebackers (Middle Linebackers)

35            Oliver Schober (6-0, 235, RSr., Munich, Germany)

43            Devyn Harris (6-3, 225, Jr., Fountain, Colo.)

44            J.J. Quinlan (6-1, 238, Jr., Everett, Wash.)

WILL Linebackers (Outside Linebackers)

5            Korey Jones (6-2, 233, Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.)

53            Alex Borgs (6-2, 231, So., Raesfeld, Germany)

Left Defensive Ends

15            Ben Durbin (6-3, 272, Sr., Gilbert, Iowa)

54            Miraldo Michel (6-3, 265, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

31            Jeff Roueche (6-3, 234, Jr., Niwot, Colo.)

Left Defensive Tackles

50            Mike Purcell (6-3, 303, Sr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

58            B.J. Sumter (6-1, 305, Sr., Columbia, S.C.)

94            Max Gustafson (6-4, 226, Jr., Casper, Wyo.)

Right Defensive Tackles

98            Kurt Taufa’asau (6-2, 284, Sr., Pago Pago, American Samoa)

95            Patrick Mertens (6-5, 287, Jr., Sterling, Colo.)

Right Defensive Ends

12            Sonny Puletasi (6-3, 241, So., Lawton, Okla.)

55            Eddie Yarbrough (6-3, 253, RFr., Aurora, Colo.)

Offense

Quarterbacks

16            Brett Smith (6-3, 195, So., Salem, Ore.)

11            Colby Kirkegaard (6-3, 205, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.)

Running Backs

8            Brandon Miller (6-0, 193, Jr., Parker, Colo.)

1            Kody Sutton (5-8, 194, So., Texarkana, Texas)

20            Nehemie Kankolongo (5-11, 205, RSo., Coquitlam, B.C.)

4            Zaquoya Parham (5-10, 175, RFr., Phoenix, Ariz.)

Receivers

33            Dominic Rufran (6-0, 185, So., Colorado Springs, Colo.)

2            Eric Nzeocha (6-1, 200, Fr., Neusitz, Germany)

Receivers

6            Robert Herron (5-10, 187, Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.)

81            James Caraway (5-11, 192, Sr., Topeka, Kan.)

Receivers

80            Chris McNeill (6-1, 180, Sr., Simi Valley, Calif.)

25            Spencer Bruce (6-5, 225, Jr., Gillette, Wyo.)

Receivers

3            Trey Norman (6-1, 170, So., Texarkana, Texas)

18            Josh Smith (6-3, 209, So., Manchester, N.H.)

H-Backs

42            Riley Lange (6-3, 247, So., Parker, Colo.)

22            Tedder Easton (5-11, 242, Jr., Columbia, Mo.)

Left Tackles

76            Josh Leonard (6-4, 296, Sr., Helena, Mont.)

71            Austin Traphagan (6-5, 291, RFr., Yuma, Colo.)

Left Guards

51            Tyler Strong (6-3, 292, Jr., Longmont, Colo.)

63            Rafe Kiely (6-3, 290, RFr., Wheaton, Ill.)

61            Shayne Kelley (6-4, 293, RSo., Camarillo, Calif.)

Centers

60            Nick Carlson (6-4, 292, Sr., Arlington Heights, Ill.)

68            Travis Bogard (6-4, 304, So., Kenmore, Wash.)

70            Skyler Hinton (6-4, 296, So., Columbia, Mo.)

Right Guards

75            Zach Rushing (6-3, 295, Sr., Woolmarket, Miss.)

62            Jake Jones (6-3, 295, RFr., Lakewood, Colo.)

Right Tackles

64            Daniel Fleischman (6-6, 300, So., Issaquah, Wash.)

65            Kyle Magnuson (6-6, 300, Sr., Elkhart, Ind.)

77            Connor Rains (6-7, 305, Jr., Placerville, Calif.)

Punters/Long Snappers/Return Specialists

Punters

28            Tim Gleeson (6-2, 195, Fr., Melbourne, Australia)

94            Stuart Williams (5-11, 180, So., Nederland, Colo.)

Long Snappers (For Punts/Field Goals and PATS)

40            Zach Ewan (5-9, 216, So., Phoenix, Ariz.)

86            Shane Sullivan (6-4, 240, So., Orange, Calif.)

Kickoff Returners

3            Trey Norman (6-1, 170, So., Texarkana, Texas)

33            Dominic Rufran (6-0, 185, So., Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Punt Returners

20            Blair Burns (5-10, 180, So., Plano, Texas)

33            Dominic Rufran (6-0, 185, So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) 

Kickers/Holders

Place-kickers (For PATs and Field Goals)

14            Daniel Sullivan (5-10, 185, So., Snohomish, Wash.)

94            Stuart Williams (5-11, 180, So., Nederland, Colo.)

Place-kickers (For Kickoffs)

14            Daniel Sullivan (5-10, 185, So., Snohomish, Wash.)

35            Oliver Schober (6-0, 235, RSr., Munich, Germany)

8            Zack Berg (6-2, 226, RFr., Edmonds, Wash.)

Holders

80            Chris McNeill (6-1, 180, Sr., Simi Valley, Calif.)

18            Josh Smith (6-3, 209, So., Manchester, N.H.)

11            Colby Kirkegaard (6-3, 205, Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.)

Some thoughts:

–Interesting to see junior walk-on Andrew Meredith ahead of senior Luke Anderson at nickel back. Anderson missed some time this spring due to injury, but Meredith played well in his absence. Meredith, who is from Green River, plays hard and also plays a lot on special teams. If Anderson is healthy for fall camp that battle will be one to watch.

–Coach Dave Christensen liked what he saw from sophomore Mark Nzeocha at strong safety, and it showed as he is listed as the starter. At 6-3 and 220 pounds, he could be a force. I like the depth at all the defensive back positions. Expect all those guys listed to play.

–Redshirt freshman Zack Berg had one of the best springs of any player at the SAM linebacker spot. He’s listed ahead of senior Ghaali Muhammad right now, who didn’t participate in contact drills in the spring with an injury. That’s another spot to watch in fall camp with Muhammad is healthy.

–The Cowboys have three good guys at middle (MIKE) linebacker in senior Oliver Schober and juniors Devyn Harris and J.J. Quinlan. Wouldn’t be surprised if all three of them play. Harris has and can play outside as well.

–The right side of the offensive line still may be a work in progress, but coming out of spring the starters are senior Zach Rushing at guard and sophomore Daniel Fleischman at tackle. Will they keep their jobs in fall camp, and throughout the season. We’ve seen UW switch thnigs up along the line a lot the last three years (seven different starting lineups last season). Senior Kyle Magnuson returns from injury in fall camp at right tackle.

 

  • Bryan

    Also interesting to see Sullivan, Schoeber, Berg as the kickoff specialist depth chart. HCDC may be onto something here. Having a linebacker kick off brings the kick coverage level WAY up.

    • rgagliardi

      Schober kicked off in 2010 so that doesn’t surprise me. Plus, kickoffs are moved up five yards this season so there will be a lot more touchbacks, or at least there should be.

      RG