Northwestern Depth Chart for @ Syracuse Released!

July 26, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald talks to reporters during the Big Ten media day at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-US PRESSWIRE

The two-deep for the season opener is out! FOOTBALL!

First, some tweets:

Where is Kyle Prater, you ask?

But we should see him on the field:

I haven't seen an official link yet, but I believe that this is accurate.

My thoughts: The receivers are about as expected. If the rotation is similar to last season's, the H is the first receiver off the field when a superback or second running back is on the field. That would be too bad for Christian Jones, but would also mean that Tony Jones has really impressed. I have been expecting Dan Vitale to start since last week when we heard that he wouldn't redshirt, and that impression was correct. Again, no surprise with the Mark/Trumpy 1-2 at running back. I will be interested to see how the other running backs are used.

On defense, I think that Dean Lowry and Deonte Gibson as the second ends is a good sign both for the future and for our chances of seeing an improved pass rush this year. Demetrius Dugar and Davion Fleming took the open corner and safety positions; I have less hope for the secondary, but we will see. Chi Chi Ariguzo got himself a place at the table and will hopefully Dougie while shouting his name after big plays.


Here is the full two deep:


QB: Kain Colter (duh), Trevor Siemian

TB: Venric Mark, Mike Trumpy

Y: Demetrius Fields, Pierre Youngblood-Ary

H: Christian Jones, Mike Jensen

Z: Rashad Lawrence, Cameron Dickerson

X: Tony Jones, Kyle Prater

SB: Dan Vitale, Mark Szott

RT: Jack Konopka, Paul Jorgensen

RG: Churck Porcelli, Matt Frazier

C: Brandon Vitabile, Hayden Baker

LG: Brian Mulroe, Geoff Mogus

LT: Patrick Ward, Paul Jorgensen


LDE: Quentin Williams, Dean Lowry

DT: Brian Arnfelt, Sean McEvilly

DT: Will Hampton, Chance Carter

RDE: Tyler Scott, Deonte Gibson

SLB: Chi Chi Ariguzo, Drew Smith

MLB: Damien Proby, Timmy Vernon

WLB: David Nwabuisi, Collin Ellis

CB: Nick VanHoose, Quinn Evans

CB: Demetrius Dugar, Daniel Jones

S: Ibraheim Campbel, Jared Carpenter

S: Davion Fleming, Jimmy Hall

Special Teams

Kicker: Jeff Budzien

Punter:Brandon Williams

Kickoff: Steve Flaherty

Long Snapper: Pat Hickey

Holder: Brandon Williams

KR: Venric Mark, Ibraheim Campbell

PR: Venric Mark, Ibraheim Campbell

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