With Conference USA media days set to kick off
this morning tomorrow UTSA graced us night owls with a sneaky fall camp depth chart update at 10 pm. Of course this depth chart is overwhelmingly meaningless as so many anticipated contributors haven't even had a dorm room assigned to them yet, much less a spot on the two deep.
While we wait two more weeks for fall camp to begin, UTSA fans will have plenty of fodder to debate each other with on message boards.
The big news here is that redshirt freshman Blake Bogenschutz will begin the fall as UTSA's starting quarterback, making it his job to lose. I assume you all are familiar with Bogenschutz's freshman campaign where he showed great promise before sitting out the rest of the season on a medical redshirt.
It remains to be seen whether or not Bogenschutz will be able to hold off Michigan transfer Russell Bellomy under center but in my opinion Bogenschutz deserves to be listed as QB1 heading into the fall. He's shown enough to grant him that privilege.
Yes, this roster means next to nothing, but it can help show which players had successful spring campaigns or showed strong leadership throughout the summer.
JUCO transfer JaBryce Taylor has found his way onto the depth chart already at wide receiver, falling behind Kenny Bias out wide. Greg Campbell also joins the two-deep at slot receiver after an impressive showing in the spring game. He'll start the season rotating out with returning senior Aaron Grubb. Kerry Thomas and Aron Taylor round out the remaining receivers on the depth chart.
The offensive line offers little surprises. The left side looks as expected with the exception of David Anzuldua. The massive lineman looked a little stiff this spring so it's surprising to see him beat out Cody Cole for a spot on the two deep.
Juan Perez returns to start at center after cross-training at right tackle in the spring. True freshman Clayton Woods will provide back up. It will be interesting to see how the addition of JUCO center Austin Pratt shakes up the center hierarchy.
The right is similarly as anticipated although I was surprised to see 245 pound grey shirt Kelby Wickline listed as backup right tackle. Maybe he's packed on the pounds this offseason
There's very little to report along the defensive line as everything is lined up as most pundits predicted. The defensive end position is quite thin so the incoming freshmen should have quite a battle fighting for playing time.
After a fierce competition, it appears that Marcos Curry has an edge over JUCO transfer La'Kel Bass at Hawk linebacker. Don't be surprised to see both guys play frequently. Bass' size advantage will be a boost against run-first offenses.
The secondary lines up mostly as anticipated. Duke Wheeler earned the nod as back up Rover after Baylor transfer Austin Jupe took a brief leave from the program in the summer. That should be another position battle that will rage throughout the fall.
Nate Gaines will start at free safety as expected. Sophomore Justin Chavez also breaks into the two deep after flashing his athletic ability in the spring.
The veterans Bennett Okotcha and Trevor Baker will start at cornerback with Stanley Dye Jr. and N'Keal Bailey first off the bench.
With so few starters returning almost all of these jobs will still be up for grabs. We'll be monitoring fall practice reports and translating them into expected depth chart changes so be sure to stick with us throughout August. Until then enjoy the hollow lip service that is conference media day!