Depth Chart: A Closer Look

Rashawn Scott

A new depth chart was released today so lets take a closer look at it.

There were no changes at the quarterback position.

At running back, Duke Johnson is now listed as the two and Eduardo Clements the three. Prior to K-State, they were co-two's. This doesn't really mean much, as Johnson will continue getting a lot of offensive snaps while Clements will likely continue serving as the short-yardage back. His demotion to three is probably based on the fact that he fumbled after converting a third down situation early in the K-State game.

The fullback position remains the same.

Allen Hurns is not listed at wide receiver. Because of that and the Canes are playing Bethune Cookman before getting into the meat of their conference schedule, don't be surprised if Hurns doesn't play Saturday. He suffered a head injury on Saturday and Golden said he doesn't know the receiver's status yet. Rashawn Scott, the team's leading receiver after Hurns went down, will step into a starting role on Saturday. It's somewhat surprising that after two weeks Kendal Thompkins, who has dropped as many balls as he's caught this season, is still listed ahead of Robert Lockhart, who is seemingly the third freshman.

Clive Walford has surpassed Asante Cleveland for the second tight end spot behind Dyron Dye, who is listed as the starter because his blocking ability is that much better than the other two. Despite Cleveland's tremendous offseason workout performance, he simply doesn't make the plays in the passing game that Walford can and does.

There are no changes to the offensive line.

The defensive end depth chart remains the same. At defensive tackle, Earl Moore (who Golden singled out as having a solid day Saturday) passed over Jalen Grimble on the second unit. Moore is clearly the best of the three freshmen right now. Luther Robinson, suspended for the K-State game, is out of the depth chart completely.

Ramon Buchanan was lost for the season with a knee injury against K-State. Jimmy Gaines is now the starter there. He entered fall camp as one of the top three guys at linebacker but was slowed by injuries the first few weeks of the season. Having him at or close to 100-percent should be a big boost here.

The starters at cornerback remain the same but Antonio Crawford has passed Ladarius Gunter for the No. 4 spot. Gunter, a starter in the spring, is no longer listed at all and seems to be regressing after a solid start to his career during the spring and summer.

With Vaughn Telemaque out for this weekend, A.J. Highsmith is now the starter at strong safety. Since he was listed as a co-No. 2 with Rayshawn Jenkins prior to the K-State game he must have had a better performance in the eyes of the coaches than the freshman. Deon Bush has outplayed Kacy Rodgers over the first two games of the season and is now the starting free safety. He has the type of ability to remain that way over the next three or four years.

There were no changes on the special teams units.

Five non-freshmen are not listed anywhere on the depth chart -- tight ends Cory White and David Perry; defensive tackles Curtis Porter (injured) and Robinson; and Gunter.

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