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Northwestern depth chart for Week 1 vs. Western Michigan

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Northwestern has released its Week 1 depth chart for the matchup against Western Michigan.

There are several surprises. The biggest one, though, has to be Joseph Jones listed over Nate Hall. Although the linebackers will assuredly rotate around a lot, Hall had a very strong close to the 2015 campaign. Jones is a very good athlete and a special teams contributor, too.

At wide receiver, Austin Carr, Flynn Nagel and Solomon Vault are the starters, while Macan Wilson makes a jump to join Andrew Scanlan and Marcus McShepard as primary backups. At superback, Cameron Green has moved in from wide receiver. At 6-foot-3, Green has good size and a big catching radius.

Along the line, Tommy Doles gets the start at right guard. We saw him practice there on Aug. 23, but he had primarily played tackle earlier in his career.

Starter/1st String Backup/2nd String
Quarterback Clayton Thorson Matt Alviti
Running Back Justin Jackson Warren Long
X-Receiver Austin Carr Andrew Scanlan
Y-Receiver Flynn Nagel Macan Wilson
Z-Receiver Solomon Vault Marcus McShepard
Superback Garrett Dickerson Cameron Green
Left Tackle Blake Hance Ben Oxley
Left Guard Connor Mahoney Andrew Otterman
Center Brad North J.B. Butler
Right Guard Tommy Doles Shane Mertz
Right Tackle Eric Olson Sam Coverdale
Starter/1st String Backup/2nd String
Defensive End Xavier Washington Joe Gaziano
Defensive Tackle C.J. Robbins Fred Wyatt
Defensive Tackle Tyler Lancaster Jordan Thompson
Defensive End Ifeadi Odenigbo Trent Goens
SAM Linebacker Jaylen Prater Brett Walsh
MIKE Linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. Nathan Fox
WILL Linebacker Joseph Jones Nate Hall
Cornerback Montre Hartage Alonzo Mayo
Safety Godwin Igwebuike Parrker Westphal
Safety Kyle Queiro Jared McGee
Cornerback Matthew Harris Trae Williams
Starter/1st String Backup/2nd String
Kicker Jack Mitchell Matt Micucci
Punter Hunter Niswander Matt Micucci
Kickoff Specialist Jack Mitchell Matt Micucci
Kick Returner Solomon Vault
Punt Returner Matt Harris Flynn Nagel
Long Snapper Chris Fitzpatrick