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Northwestern football spring 2015 projected depth chart

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Here's how we see the NU position races shaping up right now.

Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern starts spring practice on Wednesday, and while we likely won't get a depth chart and aren't allowed to report on most practices this year, here's our look at who we expect to be the leaders for starting spots heading into the fall.

Position Starter Backup
Quarterback Clayton Thorson (RS Fr) Matt Alviti (So)/Zack Oliver (Sr)
Running Back Justin Jackson (So) Auston Anderson (RS Fr)/Warren Long (Jr)
H-Receiver Miles Shuler (Sr) Solomon Vault (So)/Stephen Buckley (Jr)
Y-Receiver Christian Jones (Sr) Austin Carr (Jr)
Z-Receiver Cameron Dickerson (Sr) Pierre Youngblood-Ary (Sr)
X-Receiver Mike McHugh (Jr) Andrew Scanlan (Jr)
Superback Dan Vitale (Sr) Garrett Dickerson (So)
Left Tackle Blake Hance (RS Fr) Shane Mertz (Sr)
Left Guard Geoff Mogus (Sr) Adam DePietro (Jr)
Center Brad North (So) Ian Park (Jr)
Right Guard Matt Frazier (Sr) Adam DePietro (Jr)
Right Tackle Tommy Doles (RS Fr) Eric Olson (Jr)
Defensive End Dean Lowry (Sr) Xavier Washington (So)
Defensive Tackle CJ Robbins (Sr) Tyler Lancaster (So)
Defensive Tackle Greg Kuhar (Jr) Sean McEvilly (Sr)
Defensive End Deonte Gibson (Sr) Max Chapman (Sr)/Ifeadi Odenigbo (Jr)
SAM Linebacker Drew Smith (Sr) Jaylen Prater (Jr)
MIKE Linebacker Anthony Walker (So) Brett Walsh (So)
WILL Linebacker Joseph Jones (Jr) Traveon Henry (Sr)/Nate Hall (RS Fr)
Cornerback Nick VanHoose (Sr) Parrker Westphal (RS Fr)/Keith Watkins (So)
Safety Traveon Henry (Sr) Kyle Queiro (So)
Safety Godwin Igwebuike (So) Terrance Brown (Jr)
Cornerback Mattew Harris (Jr) Marcus McShepard (So)
Kicker Jack Mitchell (Sr) Hunter Niswander (RS Fr)
Punter Hunter Niswander (RS Fr) ???
Kick Return Miles Shuler (Sr) Solomon Vault (So)
Punt Return Miles Shuler (Sr) Solomon Vault (So)