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Northwestern Week 1 Depth Chart and Initial Reactions

The depth chart for the first week against Cal:


Quarterback — Kain Colter, Trevor Siemian

Running Back — Venric Mark, Mike Trumpy OR Treyvon Green

Y Receiver — Mike Jensen, Cermak Bland

X Receiver  — Tony Jones, Kyle Prater OR Mike McHugh

Z Receiver — Rashad Lawrence, Cameron Dickerson

H Receiver — Christian Jones, Andrew Scanlan

Superback — Dan Vitale, Mark Szott

Left Tackle — Jack Konopka, Shane Mertz

Left Guard — Geoff Mogus, Adam DePietro

Center — Brandon Vitabile, Matt Frazier

Right Guard — Ian Park, Hayden Baker

Right Tackle — Paul Jorgensen, Eric Olson


Defensive End – Tyler Scott, Ifeadi Odenigbo

Defensive Tackle – Sean McEvilly, C.J. Robbins

Defensive Tackle – Chance Carter, Will Hampton

Defensive End – Dean Lowry OR Deonte Gibson

SAM Linebacker – Collin Ellis, Joseph Jones

MIKE Linebacker – Damien Proby, Timmy Vernon OR Jaylen Prater

WILL Linebacker – Chi Chi Ariguzo, Drew Smith

Cornerback – Daniel Jones, Dwight White

Safety – Ibraheim Campbell, Terrance Brown OR Davion Fleming

Safety – Traveon Henry, Jimmy Hall

Cornerback – Nick VanHoose, C.J. Bryant

Special Teams

Kicker – Jeff Budzien

Punter – Brandon Williams

Long Snapper – Pat Hickey, Chris Fitzpatrick

Kick Returner – Venric Mark, Tony Jones

Punt Returner – Venric Mark, Tony Jones

Initial Reactions

- There's only one OR among the starters, and it's at defensive end. Dean Lowry and Deonte Gibson are listed as co-starters, and both will see plenty of playing time. However, defensive line coach Marty Long said last week that Lowry will be first on the field, so we'll see if that's true for the Cal game.

- The offensive line battles were settled with little drama. The starters everyone projected last week are listed as the starters today.

- Some interesting notes at receiver: Pierre Youngblood-Ary, who seemed to be having a good camp, isn't on the depth chart. Walk-on senior Mike Jensen earned a starting spot. Fitzgerald called him the spring MVP. Walk-on Cermak Bland made the second string, while Kyle Prater is sharing a second-string spot with redshirt freshman Mike McHugh. Also look out for Andrew Scanlan. He's a redshirt freshman and a big receiver who had a nice camp and should be a starter down the road.

- Terrance Brown cracked the depth chart in somewhat of a surprise.

- Collin Ellis won the starting spot at SAM linebacker, and in a somewhat interesting move, Drew Smith is listed as the backup at WILL. He had been practicing mostly at SAM — he'll surely play there a lot this year too — but NU prides itself in having linebackers who know how to play multiple linebacker spots, so it's not a huge surprise.