More Depth Chart Observations . . . HelixTrojan Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 1,575 Likes Received: 3,126 Aug 28, 2018 #1 Depth charts are usually written in sand at a lot of positions after Camp breaks. But besides the big and obvious stories we've chewed the fat on . . . QB, WR, CB and even PR . . . there are other sub-plots that bear watching this early season: · Frosh WR Devon Williams securing the 2nd string spot behind Tyler Vaughns over Soph. Randle Grimes. Williams and Grimes are the same size (6’4, 205lbs), but I’m told Williams' uncommon maturity has given him the early nod. Both of these kids can play. · OG Alijah Vera-Tucker has taken as much of a leap as any of the redshirt frosh. And although he’s backing up Soph. Andrew Voorhees this season . . . I look for him to be a starter next season opposite Voorhees at the other Guard spot when seniors Chris Brown and Jordan Austin graduate. · There’s always a valuable “swiss army knife” on the OLine – and this season it is probably Clayton Bradley who will be the primary back up at BOTH offensive tackle spots, even with Jalen McKenzie listed as 2nd string on the right side. . Young CBs Greg Johnson and Olajiah Griffin were as consistent as any of the DBs, with Johnson getting a co-starter designation. It is interesting and sad how Johnson and his close friend former HS teammate, WR Joseph Lewis, veered in opposite directions so quickly. · Notice the co-starter label for Sophs. Brandon Pili and Marlon Tuipolotu at the NT spot – which means Marlon is back to his old self after last year’s injury. The coaches rave about his technique as young player. This rotation of 630+lbs will be fun to watch. · The “D” in DLine stands for depth as Jay Tufele, Caleb Tremblay and Hunter Echols are reserves who will be heard from on the deepest unit of the team. · RBs for days – is there another trio like Stephen Carr, Aca’Cedric Ware and Vavae Malepeai in the Pac 12? The big news is Carr’s health . . . but the underrated news is the great camp that Aca’Cedric Ware had. · It was good to see backup ILB Levi Jones bounce back from early chest and ankle injuries. He is ready to play at either inside backer spot at a moment’s notice. And do not forget about Palaie Gaoteote’s return early this season. · The Nickel Back position is worth a lot more – Ajene Harris and Jonathan Lockett are as experienced as you can get. Lockett is fully back from injury and can play outside or inside, making the DB unit much stronger. · Redshirt Soph. CJ Pollard quietly had a very good camp and secured the back-up spot at strong safety over frosh Talanoa Hufanga. Talanoa will be good, but didn’t follow up his strong Spring this Fall. Coach Pendergast values scheme knowledge, and Pollard is rarely out of position. · Frosh OLB Kana’i Mauga was rewarded for his consistency and aggression with the 2nd string spot behind starter Jordan Iosefa. Mauga is 20lbs heavier since the Spring, and is currently ahead of Juliano Falaniko who is a solid football player. · One of my favorite developmental players is Safety Isaiah Pola Mao who occupies the 2nd string Free Safety spot behind Marvell Tell. But I’m not counting on Isaiah being the first guy off the bench if something happened to Tell. Isaiah is still learning to put the mental side of the game together with that outstanding physical tool set. Someone like Ajene Harris might be moved to that role in a pinch. Overall, the most encouraging thing to me is that for nearly every starter, there is a co-equal OR back-up who is young and talented in the reserve spot(s). We've seen this before . . . but it has not been this way for a little while. Last edited: Aug 28, 2018 TrojanFireHorse12, spintojoe, CrownoftheValley and 14 others like this.