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Northwestern Depth Chart: Week 3 vs. Boston College

NU's depth chart for week three against Boston College.

Offense

Tailback  — Venric Mark, Mike Trumpy

Quarterback — Kain Colter, Trevor Siemian

Y-Wide Receiver — Demetrius Fields, Pierre Youngblood-Ary

H-Wide Receiver — Christian Jones, Mike Jensen

Z-Wide Receiver — Rashad Lawrence, Cameron Dickerson

X-Wide Receiver — Tony Jones, Kyle Prater

Right Tackle — Jack konopka, Paul Jorgensen

Right Guard — Churck Porcelli, Matt Frazier

Center — Brandon Vitabile, Hayden Baker

Left Guard — Brian Mulroe, Geoff Mogus

Left Tackle — Patrick Ward, Paul Jorgensen

Superback — Dan Vitale, Mark Szott

Defense

Left Defensive End — Quentin Williams, Dean Lowry

Defensive Tackle — Brian Arnfelt, Sean McEvilly

Defensive Tackle — Will Hampton, Chance Carter

Right Defensive End — Tyler Scott, Ifeadi Odenigbo

Sam Linebacker — Chi Chi Ariguzo, Drew Smith

Mike Linebacker — Damien Proby, Timmy Vernon

Will Linebacker — David Nwabuisi, Collin Ellis

Cornerback – Nick VanHoose OR Quinn Evans

Cornerback — Demetrius Dugar, Daniel Jones

Safety — Ibraheim Campbel, Davion Fleming

Safety — Jared Carpenter, Jimmy Hall

Special Teams

Place-Kicker — Jeff Budzien

Punter — Brandon Williams

Kickoff — Steve Flaherty

Long Snapper — Pat Hickey

Holder — Brandon Williams

Kickoff Return — Venric Mark, Ibraheim Campbell

Punt Return — Venric Mark, Ibraheim Campbell

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by Chris Johnson (@ChrisDJohnsonn)

- The only change on the depth chart this week is at cornerback, where Nick VanHoose “or” Quinn Evans will get the start. VanHoose was listed as the starter for last week’s game, Evans the backup. The move comes as no surprise; VanHoose is still recovering from a back injury suffered in the first quarter against Vanderbilt. If he can’t play or if he’s limited by the injury, then it makes absolute sense to start Evans, who fared well against Vandy’s physical receivers. Pat Fitzgerald is encouraged with VanHoose’s progress to this point: “He felt great,” he said at his weekly press conference. “We’re hopeful he’s going to play on Saturday.”

The secondary’s overall dismal performance against Syracuse overshadowed VanHoose’s impressive performance. He wasn’t able to build upon that hot start in week 2 for fairly obvious reasons. From the sounds of it, he should be good to go on Saturday. If not, Evans has proven a reliable backup option, and he could certainly handle the starting role for this week. The silver lining on the cornerback front is that Dugar, an easy target following three pass interference penalties and countless blown coverages, improved drastically, particularly in the second half. Dugar’s continued success is as important to NU’s pass defense efforts as is VanHoose’s recovery.