UM Football Scoop: 10/8

A new depth chart, following the Notre Dame game, was released this morning so lets review some of the changes from last week's version.

* For the first time this season true freshman Robert Lockhart is listed on the depth chart. Listed as a co-backup to Phillip Dorsett along with Kendal Thompkins, Lockhart is widely considered the most talented of the freshman receivers. He wasn't, however, ready to play early in the season. Al Golden said last week that he's probably two weeks away from seeing the field so it appears as though Lockhart will make his season debut against North Carolina this weekend and thus burning his redshirt by doing so.

* Clive Walford, whose 28-yard first quarter catch was Miami's longest offensive play of the entire game, is now listed as the starter at tight end. Asante Cleveland started the season at the top spot and then Dyron Dye held it for a few weeks. Now, Miami's most productive pass-catching tight end (and only one) is listed as the starter at tight end.

* The competition at right tackle continues between freshman Ereck Flowers and junior Seantrel Henderson. Henderson started the Notre Dame game there and seemed to see more snaps than Flowers so it appears as though the junior might be starting to pull away with the starting job. Flowers continues playing well though and is hanging onto the co-starter role there.

* Corey King made his first career start against Notre Dame, filling in for the injured Olsen Pierre. King played well enough to earn the top spot on the depth chart, ahead of fellow ND starter Darius Smith. Obviously, the coaches felt that King outperformed Smith in that game. Pierre is expected back in action this week and is listed as the starter next to King. Since Pierre is considered Miami's top defensive tackle this year, you have to wonder what type of impact he could have made in the ND game in terms of being able to help slow down the Irish ground game.

* Gionni Paul started the NC State game at middle linebacker and then started the ND game on the outside, after going into the game listed as a co-starter with Tyrone Cornileus. Paul, who led all linebackers in the game with eight tackles, had a better performance and has earned another start this week.

* Thomas Finnie and Ladarius Gunter were listed as co-starters at the cornerback spot opposite Brandon McGee going into last week but it was Finnie who started. Gunter, however, outperformed Finnie in the game and therefore is now listed as Miami's second starter at cornerback. Finnie is listed as Gunter's backup, along with freshman Tracy Howard.

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